From the October 2021 issue of Car and Driver.
Just as bacon sizzling in a skillet sets the salivary glands into overdrive, the instant smack of an electric powertrain’s acceleration paints a stupid grin on our face. While the 201-hp, 4698-pound, single-motor version of the Volkswagen ID.4 didn’t leave us grinning like fools, the new all-wheel-drive model has the power to alter our mood.
It does this by adding a 107-hp front motor to the mix. The new setup produces a combined 295 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque and propels the 4884-pound ID.4 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, a whopping 2.2 seconds quicker than the rear-driver. The VW crosses the quarter-mile line in 14.1 seconds at 99 mph, besting the single-motor ute by 1.9 seconds and 13 mph.
EPA numbers aren’t in, but Volkswagen estimates the all-wheel-drive ID.4 will extract up to 249 miles from its 77.0-kWh battery pack. Given that the rear-drive ID.4 can, per the EPA, go up to 260 miles on a full charge, we interpret VW’s prediction to mean the two-motor ute’s added power and weight won’t exact a major range penalty.
Starting at $44,870 ($3680 more than the rear-drive model) and eligible for the federal tax credit, this ID.4 keeps the slower model’s quiet demeanor, sublime ride quality, luxury-grade isolation, and spacious cabin. All-wheel-drive models are also blessed with a Sport mode for the stability control that loosens the system’s oversight. Rear-drive ID.4s lack that setting, and when the road coils, stability control quashes the fun.
So there you have it. When it comes to electric VWs, it seems two motors are better than one. Smiles, everyone, smiles.
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