Flash Drive: 2023 Volkswagen ID4


A New Mannequin, New Screens, New Colours

Clear Fleet Report has written beforehand in regards to the Volkswagen ID4, the all-electric crossover that was launched early in 2021. The primary ID4 was rear-wheel drive (RWD), subsequent up was the all-wheel drive (AWD) model, each of which had 82 kilowatt-hour (kWh) batteries. Now for 2023 these two have been joined by an entry-level mannequin, the ID4 Commonplace or S, with a 62 kWh battery and RWD. The vary is diminished, however so is the value. We did quick drives within the 2023 fashions and can do a full Street Take a look at assessment quickly, however till then, this Flash Drive will give a very good overview of the all-American 2023 Volkswagen ID4 lineup.

2023 ID4 Decisions

2023 Volkswagen  ID4
New and sizzling
  • ID4 Commonplace and S
    • Single motor producing 201 horsepower (hp) and 229 pound-feet (lb.-ft.) of torque
  • ID4 Professional and Professional S
    • Single motor producing 201 hp and 229 lb.-ft. of torque
  • ID4 AWD Professional and Professional S
    • Twin motors producing 295 hp and 339 lb.-ft. of torque

Battery and Charging

All ID4 fashions are charged by way of a plug-in port providing three charging speeds. Utilizing an onboard 11 kW charger with an elevated most cost fee of 170 kW, cost occasions are estimated to be:

2023 Volkswagen  ID4
Simply passing by way of
  • 120V (Stage 1) – Two miles of vary added per hour
  • 240V (Stage 2) – Full cost is 7.5 hours for the 82 kWh battery; 6.15 hours for the 62 kWh battery              
  • 480V DC Quick Charging – To 80% in half-hour or much less

An enormous profit that’s included within the buy of a 2023 ID4 is three years of limitless 30-minute quick charging with Electrify America (one other VW firm) at any of its 1,800 cost stations in the USA or Canada.

Further charging is thru regenerative braking that converts kinetic power into electrical energy when braking or coasting. So driving round city, caught in stop-and-go rush hour freeway visitors or coasting down hills will recharge the battery. The battery cost and mileage vary are metered in actual time by a splash gauge.

The Driving Expertise

Clear Fleet Report had the chance to drive the 2023 ID4 AWD Professional S from Nashville to Chattanooga, Tennessee. This 225-mile route took us by way of the Cumberland Mountains with light elevation modifications and loads of curvy nation roads. The ID4 Professional S AWD and its twin electrical motors produced a peppy 0-60 mph acceleration within the mid-five second vary. That is about two seconds sooner than the only motor rear-wheel drive ID4.

2023 Volkswagen  ID4
Predictable and secure

We utilized the B-drive mode setting for essentially the most aggressive motor regeneration, which supplied most recharging of the battery. The ID4 doesn’t have full one-pedal driving the place the automobile will be introduced to an entire cease with out touching the brake pedal. Nevertheless as soon as stopped, the automobile will stay in-place till stepping on the accelerator pedal. There are not any steering wheel-mounted paddles to modulate and improve regeneration, solely the B setting. This differs from most different EVs now we have pushed the place there are generally three ranges which permits the motive force to customise the regeneration to their driving fashion or street circumstances.

Aside from coming to a full cease or in an emergency, we didn’t contact the brake pedal throughout our 5+ hours driving the ID4. Utilizing the brake regeneration is the best, most handy, and smoothest solution to drive an electrical automobile. Winding our means by way of the mountains the seamless driving was so very satisfying, as when slowing for a curve after which popping out of it there is no such thing as a tapping the brake pedal nor are there any up-or-down transmission shifts, because the ID4 has a direct drive with no gears.

When driving a gasoline-powered automobile with an automated transmission, the mixture of braking and accelerating round a nook will outcome within the transmission attempting to find the correct gear for the utmost efficiency. Discovering these gears on among the extra subtle transmissions is easy, however nothing like the sensation and sensation of an EV. In case you are not aware of it, make sure that your Volkswagen vendor gross sales consultant helps you to take a check drive that spotlights this function. As soon as across the block is not going to be sufficient.

2023 Volkswagen  ID4
Assured on the street

The ID4 AWD Professional S cruised at or above freeway speeds with confidence. Passing huge rigs was not a difficulty due to the moment torque at any pace. As famous above, there are not any down-or-up transmission shifts, simply step on it and—whoosh, off you go! When approaching a excessive or sluggish pace nook, the turn-in was predictable because the AWD system provided assurance of fine grip. On essentially the most aggressive corners, you may really feel the 4,788-pound mass shifting ever-so-slightly, however the ID4 AWD suspension has been designed to simply catch the shift and proceed monitoring by way of the nook.

The low heart of gravity, with the 1,074-pound batteries positioned below the seats, made for a sure-footed driving expertise with impartial dealing with coming from the electrical rack-and-pinion energy steering. The spectacular 36-foot turning radius made for simple U-turns. Total, the ID4 AWD is straightforward and a pleasure to drive, however shouldn’t be thought of a sports activities crossover.

The ID4 AWD has customary ABS and power-assisted entrance vented and rear strong discs. Dealing with and driving confidence was additionally aided by the usual digital stability management, digital brake-pressure distribution and brake help.

Refreshed: In and Out

There are refined exterior variations between the fashions, which carry-over the design from the 2021 fashions. The AWD badge on the entrance fenders differentiates the ID4 RWD and AWD fashions, and, for the eager of eye, there may be 8/10ths of an inch larger floor clearance for the ID4 AWD Professional. Each have a traditional German design with glossy LED projector headlights, positioned on the outer fender edges, that are linked by a signature LED mild bar intersected by the lighted VW emblem. The fake grille making-up the decrease fascia has a diamond sample which Volkswagen says helps with air circulate and aerodynamics.

2023 Volkswagen  ID4
Information display screen and colours

The ID4 has a brief hood in comparison with its opponents, leading to no entrance trunk (frunk). The rear energy hatch has LED tail lights linked by one other mild bar, which is appears sharp and is customary on the S fashions.

The inside of the ID4 is ethereal, fashionable, futuristic and will even be thought of sparse. Giant home windows and the panoramic glass roof, with an influence sunshade, make for a shiny cabin. House for 4 is a lot, with the outer rear seats heated. Cargo house is beneficiant with 30.3 cubic ft capability when the 60/40 folding rear seat is up, which expands to 64.2 cubic ft with the rear seat folded flat. For extra space for storing, the rear ground within the cargo space will be dropped, and under it’s a deep effectively for storing, amongst different issues, the charging wire.

The 2023 ID4 has a brand new 12.0-inch infotainment display screen, 30-color ambient lighting and new inside colours with material and leatherette seating surfaces. Now customary is the IQ.Drive superior driver help expertise system, and voice instructions (“Hey, ID”) for the infotainment system.


All 2023 Volkswagen ID4s include IQ.Drive, which incorporates superior driver help methods (ADAS) resembling ahead collision warning and autonomous emergency braking with entrance pedestrian detection, energetic facet help blind spot monitor, rear visitors alert, lane help, adaptive cruise management w/Cease & Go, journey help and emergency help. IQ.Drive additionally permits the motive force to take away their palms for a couple of seconds and the ID4 will steer itself. This isn’t a totally automated driving system, however a style of what’s to come back.


There are 5 2023 ID4 AWD fashions, with these costs, together with the $1,295 vacation spot charge. The ID4 qualifies for federal and state credit, and in some states, is eligible for a HOV sticker.

2023 Volkswagen  ID4
No frunk, however loads of trunk

Rear Wheel Drive – all with the 62 kWh battery

  • Commonplace       $38,790
  • Professional S            $43,790

Rear Wheel Drive – all with the 82 kWh battery

  • Professional                $43,470
  • Professional S             $48,790
  • Professional S Plus     $51,945            

All-wheel Drive – all with the 82 kWh battery

  • Professional                $47,590
  • Professional S             $52,590
  • Professional S Plus    $55,040       

The 2023 Volkswagen ID4 comes with these warranties:

  • New Car – 4 years/50,000 miles
  • Excessive Voltage Battery – Eight years/100,000 miles
  • Scheduled Upkeep – Two years/20,000 miles
  • Roadside Help – Three years/36,000 miles     
  • Corrosion Perforation – Seven years/100,000 miles

Observations: 2023 Volkswagen ID4

The massive information from Volkswagen is the 2023 ID4 is the most recent electrical automobile with its batteries and physique constructed within the U.S., with all fashions that can be offered in the USA and Canada are actually being made in Chattanooga, Tenn. Volkswagen has invested $4.3 billion within the physique and battery crops and have introduced on 4,700 workers the place the Passat, Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport have been constructed since 2012.

2023 Volkswagen  ID4
Fast charger on the street and with the plug

The 2023 Volkswagen ID4 is a snug well-designed compact SUV automobile. With tight dealing with and a quiet, easy trip, the spirited all-electric driving expertise lives-up to Volkswagen’s German heritage. The four-door ID4 is solidly constructed, is environment friendly, prices at a fast tempo and comes with three years of free quick charging.

There are sooner EVs available on the market, claiming 0-60 occasions below three seconds, however Volkswagen has properly designed the ID4 to be accessible to a large swath of drivers and never simply those that have a necessity for pace. When visiting your Volkswagen vendor, request an extended check drive than simply across the dealership, as getting a really feel for the acceleration, dealing with and regenerative braking can solely be carried out by getting out onto the freeway and discovering some curvy sections of street.

Editor’s notice: ID.4 or ID4?

2023 Volkswagen  ID4
A matter of favor

Car nomenclature has grow to be extra difficult within the electrical period as auto corporations search distinctive new names to replicate their transfer to a brand new propulsion expertise. That presents journalists masking this world with a dilemma. Can we studies names the best way we deal with all different phrases (correct nouns or not) or will we observe an organization’s advertising whims? Usually, we attempt to observe AP Type (first letter cap; no all caps on names except they’re an acronym; no idiosyncratic punctuation). That dictates the previous path, so we go away it to an organization’s advertising division to attempt to hammer dwelling these extra distinctive names. Therefore, for us, the ID.4 turns into the ID4 and the Nissan LEAF turns into the Nissan Leaf. This isn’t an absolute. After we get to the ID.Buzz, we could current it that means as a result of we expect it’s a clearer solution to describe the automobile. We mess up typically, however that is the trail we attempt to observe and welcome your ideas on the method.)

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Story by John Faulkner. Photographs by John Faulkner and Volkswagen.

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