From the October 2021 issue of car and driver.
Just as sizzling bacon in a skillet sets the salivary glands into overdrive, so the instant smack of acceleration of an electric powertrain paints a stupid smile on our faces. While the 201-hp, 4698-pound, single-motor version of the Volkswagen ID.4 didn’t leave us smiling like fools, the new all-wheel-drive model has the power to change our mood.
It does so 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 accelerates the 4884-pound ID.4 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, 2.2 seconds faster than the rear-driver. VW crosses the quarter-mile line at 99 mph in 14.1 seconds, bettering the single-motor ute by 1.9 seconds and 13 mph.
There are no EPA numbers, but Volkswagen estimates the all-wheel-drive ID.4 will deliver up to 249 miles from its 77.0-kWh battery pack. Given that the rear-drive ID.4 can go up to 260 miles on a full charge, according to the EPA, we interpret VW’s prediction as meaning the extra power and weight of the two-motor ute is a major range. will not be punished.
Starting at $44,870 ($3680 more than the rear-drive model) and eligible for a federal tax credit, this ID.4 maintains the slower model’s quiet demeanor, excellent ride quality, luxury-grade separation, and spacious cabin. The all-wheel-drive model is also blessed with a Sport Mode for stability control that minimizes oversight of the system. The rear-drive ID.4s lack that setting, and when the road coils, stability control kills the fun.
So there you have it. When it comes to electric VWs, it seems that two motors are better than one. Smile, smile everyone.
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