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In the race for electrification, nearly every auto manufacturer has plans for offering fully electric vehicles (EV's) soon.
Because of this competition, EV prices are dropping and finally, are starting to be a realistic option for most people as they consider their next car -- even against traditional internal combustion engines.
However, when looking forward to the models available in this segment, there is one forthcoming model that is poised to rise above the electric and internal combustion competition: the Volkswagen ID.4 from Volkswagen SouthTowne.
The new EV from VW, the ID.4 is everything you could want in a vehicle, made even better by its electrification—a true EV for the masses.
Here are five reasons why you should be excited.
In the compact SUV segment, $30,000 - $40,000 can get you a lot for your money. Heavy hitters like the Toyota Rav4, Honda CR-V, and Mazda CX-5, all fall within this range -- but none of them offer fully electric versions of those models or the amount of advanced standard features and space that the VW ID.4 does.
If EV's are what you're cross-shopping, the closest competitors are the Tesla Model Y and the upcoming Ford Mustang Mach-E (it's not a traditional Mustang, but an EV SUV wearing a Mustang badge. Yes you read that right. Heresy!) However, their expensive starting prices, starting at over $49,990 and $42,895 respectively, are out of reach for many Americans.
This is where the appeal of the VW ID.4 is strong. The ID.4 is everything those vehicles are and more, albeit at a lower starting price.
Compared with the higher starting prices of Tesla and Ford, the VW makes a compelling case for "the whole package" and a competitive price—not unlike the original VW Beetle of yesteryear.
Enhanced standard features
The attractive pricing of the ID.4 is made all the more enticing considering the vast amount of standard features included that are usually only seen on vehicles costing much more than the ID.4.
Futuristic interior aside, the ID.4 is replete with features like 82kWh of battery power, heated mirrors, park distance control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, customizable ambient lighting, wireless smartphone charging, a 10" color touchscreen with navigation, Forward Collision Warning, and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), Pedestrian Monitoring (included in Front Assist), Blind Spot Monitor (Side Assist), Rear Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Travel Assist, Lane Assist, Emergency Assist, and much more.
There simply are more standard technical, safety, and interior features on the ID.4 than any other vehicle even close to this price.
If the latest tech and features are important to you, especially when wrapped in a fully electric package, look no further than the VW ID.4.
Maximum interior space
In the ID.4, the vehicle's battery is flat, almost like a skateboard that you then put the vehicle's body on. This platform, VW's new MEB platform, is all about keeping a low center of gravity while maximizing interior space.
James Tate of The Drive describes the spacious interior as "...functional, and fun, the interior feels airy, particularly considering the CUV's small size. It's easy to get in and sit down, regardless of which door you've opened."
While the ID.4 is considered a compact SUV, it feels anything but compact inside. With enough room for four friends, legroom in the rear is a generous 37.6 inches, with cargo space coming in at 64.2 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down, the ID.4 is capable of much more than its size would suggest.
So, sure, the ID.4 is affordable, spacious, and rich in standard features, but how does it drive?
"In the solid win column, the ID.4 was clearly the best-handling machine in our trio," states Jonathon Ramsey of Car and Driver. "Steering is sharp...damping and body control are excellent...it hasn't sacrificed roominess or utility for looks. Dynamically, the little crossover already delivers, a chunky pup game to get friskier than almost any of its buyers will ever demand."
With a range of 250 miles, fun driving dynamics, excellent standard features, and space to spare—not to mention never having to fill up with gas again—the ID.4 is a compelling choice for those looking for an EV that can do it all, at affordable price.
Ease of ordering
Curious about building one out for yourself? Meet the ID.4 here. You can go to VW SouthTowne and start building your ID.4 so you get it just the way you want it. VW.com and see what it would look like to get an ID.4 just the way you want it.
As mentioned, the 1st Editions are already sold out, but the Pro trim is still available for preorder. If you like what you see, it's best to reserve one ahead of time. It costs $100 and is refundable should you decide to wait. But, with all that the ID.4 offers, why would you?
Have questions about the ID.4 or how to order? Contact Volkswagen SouthTowne today.