TESTED: 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro S AWD is much faster and goes almost as far
The ID.4 is the first all-electric vehicle that Volkswagen designed as an electric vehicle from the start, but one thing VW didn’t bake was impressive acceleration. With standard rear-wheel drive, with a single motor delivering the power to the rear axle, we recorded a 0-60 sprint of 7.7 seconds, putting the ID.4 last in today’s EV package.
But what about the all-wheel drive version? That’s right – you can get the ID.4 with a second motor on the front axle to complement the rear, giving it four driven wheels and about 50% more power. Having already subjected two ID.4s to our testing process, we were excited to see what the “twin-engine” ID.4 could do. How much faster is it? And how much real-world range does it sacrifice on the altar of performance? Let’s look at the numbers.
Test of the ID.4 Pro S AWD
In addition to bringing every new EV to our test track for instrumented performance testing, we measure real-world electric range on a standardized track in Southern California. Basically, we start with a full charge, drive the route until the car shows zero miles of range remaining, and post the result on our EV leaderboard. The two single-engine ID.4s we tested achieved nearly identical results in the range test, with the ID.4 First Edition recording 287 miles and the ID.4 Pro recording 288 miles, despite a 10-mile gap in their EPA ratings (250 miles and 250 miles, respectively). .260 miles).
Given that the EPA rates the ID.4 Pro S AWD lower with a range of 240 miles, we expected less in the real world as well. It really couldn’t have been otherwise. All ID.4 models use the same 82kWh battery, but the AWD model has an extra mouth for feeding in the form of that second motor, boosting the car’s output to 295 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque over the standard output 201 hp and 229 lb-ft of torque. We also noticed that the ID.4 AWD is significantly heavier, tipping the scales at 4,900 pounds dead, a couple hundred more than the other two ID.4s.
On test day, we verified that the ID.4 Pro S AWD’s all-season Bridgestone tires (235/50 R20) were inflated to factory spec (44psi) on all four corners. During the course of the day, the average ambient air temperature was a pleasant 65 degrees. We managed 272 miles in the twin-engine ID.4 when all was said and done, which is 32 miles and 13.3% better than the EPA estimate but about 15 miles from where the other ID.4s landed.
But now consider the performance of the ID.4 AWD on our test track. During performance testing, the twin-engine ID.4’s zero-to-60 mph time of 5.7 seconds was a whopping 2 seconds faster than the time we recorded for the single-engine ID.4. That’s in a whole different league – while the standard ID.4 is slower than most of its competitors, the dual-motor version is on par with the rear-wheel drive Tesla Model 3.
In short, you forgo a little range with the twin-engine ID.4, but you get a lot more sauce in return. If acceleration is an important consideration for you, we’re pretty sure you won’t miss this 15 miles.