Talking Cars 341: Volkswagen ID.4 Test Results

We finished our evaluations of this pleasant EV, but can’t get over its maddening controls

Main theme: This episode is all about the Volkswagen ID.4, an electric, SUV-like hatchback. Unlike the eGolf, based on a traditional Golf, the ID.4 is the German automaker’s first car designed to be an EV from the very beginning. It comes with lots of interior space, three years of free charging from Electrify America, a 250-mile range, and an attractive price. But it also has a maddening user interface that had us wondering why Volkswagen made a change for the worse.

Audience question:
Do EVs with rear-wheel drive—such as some versions of the ID.4—take advantage of torque vectoring and electronic stability control?

Talking Cars 341
‘Talking Cars’ panelists: Mike Monticello, Keith Barry, and Jake Fisher.

Photo: Consumer Reports Photo: Consumer Reports

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Keith Barry

Despite my love for quirky, old European sedans like the Renault Medallion, it's my passion to help others find a safe, reliable car that still puts a smile on their face—even if they're stuck in traffic. When I'm not behind the wheel or the keyboard, you can find me exploring a new city on foot or planning my next trip.