Talking Cars 297: Driving the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Electric SUV

We also discuss Tesla touch screens and evaluating the range of electric vehicles

Main theme: We discuss our first impressions of the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 electric vehicle. This is VW's first ground-up EV; previous EV offerings were based on existing models designed around internal combustion engines. We give our early thoughts on how the ID.4 rides and handles, the control interface, and what EVs mean for Volkswagen after the Dieselgate scandal.

Audience Questions
• How do online reservations work when buying a car?
• Does CR anticipate the new Kia Carnival minivan to have reliability that's similar to the Kia Sedona it is replacing?
• In light of Tesla's recall, how much of a problem will electronic component wear become an issue?
• Will CR develop its own EV mileage/range tests?
• Is it wise to trade in a 2011 Toyota Camry that I owe a lot of money on in order to lease a new Toyota Venza?

Talking Cars 297
Talking Cars panelists Gabe Shenhar, Jon Linkov, and Mike Monticello.

Consumer Reports Consumer Reports

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Driving the Ford F-150 Hybrid, episode 296
Driving the Ford Bronco Sport, episode 295
Nissan Frontier, Polestar 2, episode 294
Ford Mustang Mach-E, episode 293
Toyota Sienna, episode 292

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Jon Linkov

I owe my career to two fateful events: my father buying a 1965 Corvette and my purchase of an Audi A4 rather than a Chevy Tahoe. The Corvette jump-started my love of cars, and the Audi led me to automotive journalism, track days, and amateur car repair. In my free time I cycle as much as possible, no matter the season.