VW ID.4 in the ADAC test: electric SUV weakens when dodging

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There are also weak points when it comes to operation, according to the automobile club

VW ID.4 in the ADAC test: electric SUV weakens when dodging-test

The VW ID.4 on the market. Now the automobile club ADAC has subjected the electric SUV to a comprehensive test. The electric SUV showed weaknesses in the evasion test as well as in material quality and operation.

The top version Pro Performance Max with a 77 kWh battery for just under 59,000 euros was tested. For this price, the material quality in the interior is too poor, judged the testers. There was also criticism in terms of service. Firstly, even settings that are often required, such as those for air conditioning, are only accessible via the touchscreen menu. Second, the "sliders" under the monitor are unlit and difficult to use.

And thirdly, the lack of separate buttons for the rear window lifters in the driver's door is incomprehensible – this point also fell to our colleague from InsideEVs France on. The testers also disliked the display of the charge level with a tiny battery symbol instead of a percentage.

On the other hand, the space and the trunk are good. The testers only criticized the fact that the charging cables are no longer accessible when fully loaded. It is of course more practical if the cables can be housed in a separate frunk.

VW ID.4 in the ADAC test: electric SUV weakens when dodging-electric

The ADAC experts liked the adaptive chassis of the test version, and the 150 kW electric drive ensures stress-free gliding. However, the 2.2-ton car is not sporty.

The high curb weight is apparently also the reason for the poor results in the evasion test. In addition, the ESP intervenes too much, which affects driving safety. "If you simulate an abrupt evasive maneuver and turn jerkily, the left front wheel is overbraked and blocked when you try to steer back into the original lane. As a result, the ID.4 cannot be steered for a brief moment and pushes straight ahead over the front wheels," he said ADAC. The fact that you cannot steer at such a critical moment is of course a security flaw.

According to ADAC, the "range close to the customer" of 360 to 520 kilometers specified by VW is realistic; the test engineers determined a range of 385 kilometers. The ADAC determined the average consumption with charging losses to be 22.8 kWh / 100 km. The ADAC converts this value into CO2 using the German electricity mix; We have written a separate article on the problem.

VW ID.4 in the ADAC test: electric SUV weakens when dodging-test

The charging curve determined by the ADAC (PDF file) fits very well with the one we used for the InsideEVs charge analysis of the ID.4 with a 77 kWh battery have measured (see above): Up to about 30% charge level (SOC), the curve remains at about 125 kW, then gradually drops to about half; this value of around 60 kW is then kept up to 80% SOC.

Overall, according to ADAC, the ID.4 with a 77 kWh battery is "a great electric car with a practical, if not record-breaking range". VW should improve the operation and material quality. But even more important is an improvement in evasive behavior.

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VW ID.4 in the ADAC test: electric SUV weakens when dodging-test

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