Volkswagen ID.4 EV review: is it the new VW Beetle?
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This is the Volkswagen ID.4... And it just might be one of the most important cars Volkswagen has EVER released!
But why's it so important, we hear you ask? Well let's face it, when it comes to the SUV market, Volkswagen is easily one of the biggest players there is. T-Rocs, Tiguans, Touaregs... They're everywhere! But with the UK set to ban the sale of petrol & diesel cars from 2030, we need an alternative, and Volkswagen are hoping the ID.4 will be the car to take their place!
So, do we think the ID.4 can compete with VW's petrol-powered class leaders? Well as it stands, there's just one choice of motor and battery pack to choose from - a single motor & 77 kWh battery pack which will deliver 204hp and a claimed range of 310-miles. However, there are more options on the way, including a 306hp four-wheel-drive version, and a cheaper, less powerful single motor edition.
So, the performance isn't too bad, but there's one key difference to your regular petrol-powered SUVs - the price! Coming in at around £40,000, the ID.4 easily eclipses what you may have to pay for a standard petrol-powered, mid-range SUV. So is it worth it? You'll have to keep watching to find out!
00:00 Intro
00:52 Price
01:41 Exterior Design
03:13 Interior
07:50 Back Seats
09:22 Boot
11:14 Five Annoying Features
13:24 Five Good Features
15:22 Motor & Battery
16:44 Town Driving
19:48 Twisty Road Driving
20:34 0-60mph
21:09 Verdict
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    • Armadillito

      @Sam J "it weighs 2.1 tons..." and a comment on how this compromises the handling and range? What more do you want? Modern crossovers are porky things anyway and most people really don't care that much about handling. The bigger concern, I would argue, should be the increased momentum and kinetic energy these heavy vehicles bring into collisions.

    • Sam J
      Sam J

      Hi Matt Can I ask why reviewers don’t mention the weight of EV’s. The handling, and stopping power is compromised. I just sold my new 330e as it is much heavier than the GolfR and spoils the fun. Please give us more honesty? 👍🏼

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      Kumeko Mbhiza

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      Austin Troy

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  • Adam Beresford
    Adam Beresford

    Starting at 40k yeah vw not doing much to tempt me into an ev

  • Lars Erik Nes
    Lars Erik Nes

    It really falls true that you do not know how to drive an electric car. 25 kw/h is so wrong. No problem getting this down to 18 for normal driving. I have managed 17 for a long drive in cold weather. So your 70% is very wrong!

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  • Richard C
    Richard C

    Great use of the English that!

  • alex robert devereux
    alex robert devereux

    By comparison, i am especially looking forward to see vw id4 twin Skoda Enyaq. It has a 10cm longer body than the id4 and the interior that looks more appealing with more physical buttons beyond the touch screen. Looking for that review Matt...👍😀

  • DJ Universal
    DJ Universal

    14:11 theres and electric pop lol (to open the door obviously)

  • Christopher Gesse
    Christopher Gesse

    It's just a horrible car. I wouldn't ever comfortable with such an interior

  • T J
    T J

    Everything is touchscreen and software based, they must be saving a fortune on costs building these things, yet they pass none of this on to the consumer. They even rob the customers of their government grant by adding it to the price of the vehicle. The world will not be carbon neutral anytime soon because who can afford 40k for a car? Not many.

  • jeebs621

    If it didn’t have the VW logo it could easily be confused with a Kia

  • Maarten en Freija De Meij
    Maarten en Freija De Meij

    Matt, can you review the skoda enyaq EV ? That looks like a real car, nice interior and value for money. Not an overrated cheaplooking bucket like this ID4.

  • Reeve Mason
    Reeve Mason

    Just another overpriced and useless milk float

  • Wankel RX-8
    Wankel RX-8

    How much? The price is a grim joke for such a boring and underdeveloped car.

  • Anders Nygren
    Anders Nygren

    Strong Ray Cokes vibes in this one. 👍🏻

    • Anders Nygren
      Anders Nygren

      @cupidstunt1975 those were the days. 😊

    • cupidstunt1975

      Ray Cokes! Crikey there's a name not heard in many a year!

  • Knut Holt
    Knut Holt

    It's just ugly

  • scfog90

    Vw fits drumbrakes on this car, because they still got some left from the original Beetle and they want to give you the Beetle feeling back

  • PedroGfin

    10:26 The strap is for a spare oil bottle. That’s been VW’s clever solution for excessive oil consuption. My Polo GTI is ”within spec” as long as it uses less oil than petrol. They did give me one free liter of oil when the car was delivered, which was nice. They just forgot to remove the strap for the electric cars, as well as the ”Start/Stop Engine” button.

  • Ducati SupersportS
    Ducati SupersportS

    VW=310 miles Actual=240 miles We should never trust VW ever again after they cheated on the official mpg figures. As for this car, I’d avoid it totally, I don’t like anything about it.

  • Kat des
    Kat des

    That interior looks very cheap, and the vw build quality and reliability and customer service (or lack of on all 3 counts) equals avoid

  • Deepu Babu
    Deepu Babu

    Imagine when VW releases an ID 10 version with a Turbo. The ID 10 T 😋

  • Tim Van Laere
    Tim Van Laere

    I love the carwow sticks. And how he is holding the bonnet with his head, like anyone of us would do trying to hold it up when searching for stowing away sticks into the bonnet space.

  • James Hurdman
    James Hurdman

    Not something you say every day, but the Skoda Enyaq iV is way better looking both inside and out, clearly uses better materials inside, and probably has the same underpinnings. It's also cheaper, so why would you bother with this VW?

  • Alex Ander
    Alex Ander

    Lets try to copy the Peugeot 308 design!😂

  • Armadillito

    What the hell is under the bonnet of that thing? I hope the maintenance is incredibly easy with all the space.

  • Armadillito

    Why have armrest-filling cupholders become standard? A good armrest can really make a back seat and they ruin it.

  • Daniel Lekardal
    Daniel Lekardal

    Skoda Enyaq gives the ID3 a jolly good arsewhipping when it comes to materials and value for money.

  • LockPickingMechanic LPM
    LockPickingMechanic LPM

    Can’t believe I’m saying this but if you want high quality materials in your cabin you need to buy a Peugeot or Renault

  • DenvilX

    Honestly, with all likes and dislikes to this channel as a advert for carwow and Matt himself, I really appreciate the honest mention of government discount. Even though I live in a different country and never was in UK, this mention made me like the attitude and honesty.

  • RK SBK
    RK SBK

    Skoda Enyaq is much nicer looking inside and out, KIA EV6 too and hyundai ionic5

  • Tore L
    Tore L

    This car really doesn't speak to me, and usually I'm quite impressed with the evolution of technology. For the same price, there are so many great alternatives. This was another let down from VWG.

  • محمد عبدالواحد
    محمد عبدالواحد

    Matt, you are a Peugeot Fanboy.

  • Stephen Doherty
    Stephen Doherty

    Shorter stature buyers might prefer electric rear tailgate to close. Big batteries equals lots of weight. Only good news is weight is spread evenly across the car floor. No heavy weight of engine as on traditional front wheel drive

  • Stephen Doherty
    Stephen Doherty

    Do any SUVs look radical or eye catching? Think Tiguan, kuga, quasqui, kadjar. Only the mazda, Peugeot and volvo stand out. Same interior as ID3 to save money I presume. Strange that software still very buggy considering how long ID3 has been on offer. Infotainment screen looks like cheap tablet bulk buy.

  • Gabi xod
    Gabi xod

    Buttons are for brainless people

  • Sigrid

    I wonder if volkswagen will want to lend you any more cars calling the ID.4 as you do

  • darren

    fairly disappointed when the voice command collapsed

  • Shack

    I’ll Avoid German and French cars thank you and wait for the Nissan Ariya to come out.. or go for a Kia 😊

  • valivr

    Sorry VW, but this looks quite cheap at the interior compared with other VW models... even the Kodiaq has a nicer interior, at least for me. Looking forward for the Kodiaq's review Mat.

  • Winenut.TV

    „Normal buttons“ That’s what you said about the Tesla 3 aswell. You‘re getting old mate..

  • Sam J
    Sam J

    Hi Matt Can I ask why reviewers don’t mention the weight of EV’s. The handling, and stopping power is compromised. I just sold my new 330e as it is much heavier than the GolfR and spoils the fun. Please give us more honesty? 👍🏼

    • Sam J
      Sam J

      Batteries don’t last long when you put your foot down 🧐

  • santisizable

    Drum brakes? Are they kidding? On a 40 grand car. They must be in a real trouble. The only thing I like about this car is the range.

  • DIV51

    Watched this as wanted to buy one.... I'm staying away now will look at the merc

  • DIV51

    Exterior is ugly

  • Andrei Cranga
    Andrei Cranga

    We are definitely saving the planet with all of these electric "whales" :( Well, at least I hope we will get all of the older Diesels out of cities :)

  • Lucian Grig
    Lucian Grig

    lol ... drum brakes in the back for a 2 tone car... well done vw ... well done ... :( ( just to explain, it might be ok for a straight line stop, but for the electronic stability system is not that ok for the drum brakes as they do not have the same precise behavior of an disk brake )

  • AS K
    AS K

    The OS is so bad

  • Jared Chamney
    Jared Chamney

    The Volkswagen ID series are my least favourite EV's.

  • sandile wonderboy
    sandile wonderboy

    Ugly exterior

  • MRsjovealek

    I just test drove the vw id.4. I must say that i was not impressed compared to test driving a tesla model 3. The id.4 had a really firm suspension and it felt terrible slow. even worse was the infotainment system that was not nearly as good and intuative as the Tesla's

  • Bjørn

    Boooring design

  • Zeeshan Khan
    Zeeshan Khan

    Within the price range, this is the most hideous interior in any EV.

  • Arslàán Raza
    Arslàán Raza

    40k electric vehicle without electric steering column and seat adjustments. Not good VW

  • Aleksandar Milošević
    Aleksandar Milošević

    They'we coppied Toyota in front, and a Renault from the back. Shame.

  • Tim

    I don’t understand why every journalist hates the missing rear window buttons ... If we‘re honest you barely need to open the bacl windows anyway ... so not really a point to mention in every review 😂

  • Simon Peart
    Simon Peart

    You can’t call something the new car for the people at £40,000 🤔

  • Oliver Garcia
    Oliver Garcia

    Carwow, best car reviewer. VW failed greatly. Years after Tesla arrived and still can't come close to matching them

  • MrVoayer

    I think you should go straight ahead and avoid Volkswagen ID.4 ! For all those horrible software glitches, for user interface with no buttons, for drum breaks in 21st centry, for inexplicable cheap. scratchy plastic that costs 40 grands ! Goodness, gracious me what were they thinking there in Wolfsburg? If the thechnology is not mature yet - and it is not !!! - do not force it upon us ! Not for 40 grands ! No !


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  • Ryan Young
    Ryan Young

    oooooof. I'm in the market for upgrading to an electric car, and I was hoping this was it. But this was a fantastic, albeit brutal, review. I'll keep looking it seems.

  • Twiin Central
    Twiin Central

    The irony of VW potentially being leaders in electrical/electronics lol. Wouldn’t trust them though.

  • MilesAnastasios87

    Who will buy this when theres the Peugeot 3008?

  • Edward Paltridge
    Edward Paltridge

    Sounds brilliant, I really like the car. Thanks for shortlisting it Matt.

  • ChampIzTheName

    I would never let this prick touch my car even if he had to move it outside. Even if its not a fantastic car you respect what you didn't buy he just acts like its a tin can

  • Burton Yan
    Burton Yan

    High bonnet is probably for pedestrian safety.

  • C L
    C L

    complete trash of a car.. what is VW thinking. I see a sea of them at dealers and no buyers.

  • John French
    John French

    This car is a dinosaur already compared to Ioniq5 and EV6. In fact its already virtually obsolete.

  • thisNeXTguy8487

    And drum brakes in the back make 100% perfect sense in light of the re-gen system!!

  • thisNeXTguy8487

    All of the “hard interior plastics” criticisms should go right out the door when considering practicality involving children on a consistent basis, or is it just me?

  • Brian Parkinson
    Brian Parkinson

    We just drove the ID4 1st Edition here in S. California and it has wireless charging, pano roof with power closing shade, and the power boot. Clearly, VW has released different 1st Edition models in Europe than the ones here in the USA.

  • Mister B
    Mister B

    Way to many adverts,so much so ,skipped half of review!If this continues won't bother with Carwow video reviews-shame !

  • Peter McLelland
    Peter McLelland

    Someone came up with this on an iPad ? It's a 'Noddy' car ! I'd sack the whole design department ! Unbelievable !

  • Chris Drew
    Chris Drew

    Appreciate your honesty on the pricing Matt, good on you.

  • Jos vermeulen
    Jos vermeulen

    Love the honesty about the savings.


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    Matthew Zielinski

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  • kevin n
    kevin n

    Tesla Model 3.... I drove that for 45 minutes and I wanted to put my fist through that awful "screen do everything" by the end of my drive. Build quality was crap too. I'll wait to test drive the ID4 AWD, Mach E and the IONIQ 5 AWD.

  • Irishgamer01

    Multi-Media system is awful and broken according to most reviewers, he just brushes past it? Strange.

  • Tone Capone
    Tone Capone

    There are HARDLY ANY Positive Comments about this ID.4 !!! VW will probably add self Vaccinating Vehicles next, since they seem to want to hop on the WORLD Train -OLD VW Cars for the PEOPLE, NEW VW Cars for the SYSTEM

  • Tone Capone
    Tone Capone

    Hes RUNNING AWAY FROM IT at the End . ..that should be a HINT

  • Zero Sum
    Zero Sum

    looks like ID4 is a response to Tesla's challenge by VW done in a hurry. If VW couldn't come up with an answer for model 3, I guess it is a bit hard for everyone else.

  • Malcolm Connah
    Malcolm Connah

    Lot of damning with feint praise here. I test drove an ID.3, and it was very competent... but boring...

  • Bilal Samsudeen
    Bilal Samsudeen

    I like cameraman Jack

  • blackhawk2429

    It's much better if second row seat can fold flat.

  • rj hinde
    rj hinde

    How could VW stuff this up so badly? This is a backward step compared to the ID.3 -which itself was barely an improvement over the Golf. Usability has gone out the window; efficiency doesn't seem to matter anymore (do people think because it is electric, that doesn't matter?)


    Chicago to Texas round trip, according to, ID4 takes 46 hrs total, with 9hr44min of charging time. Model Y 43hr 19min total with 6hr 17min of charging time. Model 3, 42 hrs total with 5hr 35min charging time. For ID4, only a few DC charging stalls at each charging location. Not looking good! ID4 is too heavy for its range and size...

  • Jamie Hughes
    Jamie Hughes

    13:56 "You're not having to have a jolly good tug" :o

  • 레고 마피아&어몽
    레고 마피아&어몽

    tesla win

  • Jamie Hughes
    Jamie Hughes

    The Skoda Enyaq looks sooo much better.

  • C rus
    C rus

    The design is amazing! I hate all those trims and noisy details everyone is putting in nowadays SUVs... Velar and Jaguar also understood this...

  • hopkin 200
    hopkin 200

    Did anyone notice there's a pause symbol on the brake pedal, and the play button symbol on the throttle pedal?

  • Rachel Butcher
    Rachel Butcher

    i think it is good

  • Max Mazourov
    Max Mazourov

    I am sure the first time someone reviewed a smartphone, they also said that it was “too fiddly” in comparison with physical buttons. Also comparing a EQA to an ID is like comparing business class flight to economy - no shit Sherlock...

  • Sven Dahlström
    Sven Dahlström

    Ugly car

  • Kyle

    I wish you could have all brown leather seats

  • Aarron Foreman
    Aarron Foreman

    Why the hell is it so slow 😅

  • MrPWalden

    government grant now gone for cars over £35k

  • Maninder Kaur
    Maninder Kaur

    just nagative and nagative y dont u make a car that were perfect

  • M K
    M K

    VW Reminds me of Nokia trying to compete against Apple iPhone. You still make it the old way, just replacing engine with battery and that’s all. Your badge means nothing in electric car market. You will sink like Nokia did (which was unthinkable 3 years before it finally happened).


    Good review of a terrible piece of engineering. Now I don't know if I should like the video, or dislike. The video is good; the product is not. SLtoos should have an option for that and I have written to them so many times about it.

  • letterkennyman99

    Side profile looks like the Peugeot 3008 - pity they didn't copy the interior too!