The EPA has officially released its ratings for the 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 which sees an increase in driving range. Versus the outgoing model year, the single-motor model is now rated for up to 280 miles per charge on the base Pro trim, an increase of 20 miles. Moving up to Pro S results in a 12-mile drop to 268 miles. However, that’s still 18 miles more than an equivalent 2021 model.
If you get a 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 with AWD, the range increase isn’t as substantial. The Pro variant gets bumped up to 251 miles, a 3-mile increase. Pro S versions get a 5-mile improvement to 245 miles. The powertrain carries over unchanged meaning the single-motor ID.4 makes 201 hp and 229 lb-ft of torque. Opting for the dual-motor AWD variant increases output to 295 hp and 339 lb-ft. Both variants use an 82-kWh battery pack with a usable capacity of 77 kWh.
In addition to the increased range, the ID.4’s peak DC charging rate by 10 kW to 135 kW. While that’s a welcome improvement, it’s still among the slower charging rates in the segment alongside the Nissan Ariya, which peaks at 130 kW, and the standard range Ford Mustang Mach-E at 115 kW. The Extend Range Mach-E, Polestar 2, Volvo XC40, and C40 Recharge, and upcoming entries like the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra are capable of peak DC charging rates of 150 kW. Hyundai’s Ioniq 5, the Kia EV6, and Tesla Model Y are all capable of over 200 kW of peak charging rates, allowing them to get to 80 percent in less than 30 minutes.
Purchasing an ID.4 gets you three years of unlimited 30-minute charging sessions at Electrify America stations. For 2022, the crossover will be getting the Plug & Charge capability at a later date. This will simplify the charging process because you don’t need to open an app to start the process. Simply plug your vehicle in and that will authenticate it with the charging station.
Built on Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, expect other sibling vehicles to get the same updates that increased the ID.4’s driving range. That will likely be added straight from the factory on newer vehicles like the European-market ID.5. ID.4s that are already on the road likely got the improvements already via multiple over-the-air (OTA) updates. The upcoming ID. Buzz will likely get these upgrades right out of the factory, which should give it more usable range. That vehicle will only be available in the long-wheelbase configuration when it arrives in North America sometime next year. At least in Europe, the standard-wheelbase ID. Buzz will use the same 82-kWh battery pack as the ID.4. It will get the same electric motor with 201 hp and 229 lb-ft mounted on the rear axle.
Pricing for the 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 starts at $41,955 for the base Pro trim and $46,455 for the Pro S grade. Dual-motor AWD variants are more expensive at $45,635 for the Pro grade and $50,135 for the Pro S. That makes the ID.4 one of the more affordable battery-electric vehicles in the compact crossover segment even before taking into account that it’s eligible for the full $7,500 federal tax credit and state and local incentives.