The ID 4 is the first VW ID model to be sold in the US and is powered by a single rear-axle motor that produces 201 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque. The ID 4 will be available later in 2021 with a dual-motor, all-wheel drive setup and a different maximum estimated range.
If 250 miles from 82 kilowatt-hours doesn't knock your socks off, that's because it's not super-duper impressive in terms of energy efficiency when compared with, say, the Tesla Model Y with its 75-kilowatt-hour battery pack, all-wheel drive and 325-mile estimated range.
Still, the ID 4 is cheaper than the Tesla, thanks to its starting price of $39,995 (not including a destination fee or any applicable tax credits). It will also offer other fringe benefits to ownership like a well-established dealer network and three years of free fast-charging.
Deliveries are set to begin before the end of the year.