Volkswagen ID.4 GTX, the proof – the sporty side of the electric (but watch out for consumption)

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The Volkswagen ID.4 is the second model of the ID family. and it is the
first designed for the global market, given that its forms give
crossover and its length just over four and a half meters, the
make it palatable almost anywhere. The GTX version is the latest
born and indicates a higher level of performance than the others
models, both in terms of potency and behavior
dynamic. There are two electric motors, one per axis, configuring one
all-wheel drive without propshaft and maximum power
of 299 HP with 460 Nm. Numbers that make the ID.4 GTX very responsive,
since the 0-100 km / h is closed in 6.2 seconds. Speed ​​too
maximum, which usually stops at 160 in electric Volkswagens
km / h, here it rises to 180 km / h. As for the battery, however,
there is no double choice between the two cuts but only the larger one from
82 nominal kWh and 77 actual kWh. Thus the WLTP homologated autonomy is
480 km, that is a little less than the 520 km of the ID.4 with them
accumulators but only one motor.

The other differences of the GTX with the rest of the range concern a
interior with a few more hints of red and the sports seats, while
under the bodywork there is a lower and sportier trim and the
progressive power steering. The result is that this ID.4 drives well
even between the curves, although the weight of over 22 quintals is always
well present. In travel, however, the speech changes and not for how long
it’s about the quality of life on board, which is excellent and dedicated
of great comfort made of silence and absence of vibrations.
What characterizes every trip is the planning
of the itinerary in relation to the consumption of electricity and the
need to reload. Of course it is a matter of concern
all electric cars, but some are friendlier than others.
We put the ID.4 GTX to the test starting from Rome towards
Rimini, or about 330 km to travel without “topping up”
electricity, starting with the battery at 98% and 470 km of range
indicated by the instrumentation.

The day, although summer, was quite cool and so we have
could turn off the air conditioning, adding about 30 km of
mileage. Navigator and cruise control have been set (at 130 km / h
split) we realized after a few minutes that with this
pace we will never reach our destination without stopping and therefore
we have decreased the pace to 120 km / h. Fortunately most
part of the trip was on the freeway so we were able to get off
still, so much so that on arrival the average speed was 95 km / h, for
an average consumption of 19.5 kWh / 100 km. It is not just a little and just do
a quick account to understand that at this rate the homologated 480 km are
a mirage. In fact we arrived in Rimini with only 70 km of
remaining autonomy and with the battery at 7%. In this regard, it is
curious that the indicator shows the percentage only from 10%
down, while above you can only know the remaining kilometers.

In our opinion, this increases anxiety, but on the other hand also the
control over the last available kilometers is greater. The other
vice of the autonomy indicator is to be too sensitive
to what happened in the previous minutes. If you go up a slope
steep or a long descent, the number shown may vary by as much as
a lot and in a few seconds, creating insecurity in the driver. For
as regards the recharge, however, the support offered by the
navigator must be integrated with that of the various commercial apps, since
the car software does not include (or does not know) all the stations of
charging. Even here, however, there are some nice surprises, like the
rate applied by the Nextcharge service in the parking wallbox
private hotel: 0.80 cents / kWh for alternating current at 22
kW, i.e. the same cost as the 150 kW ultra-fast columns e
as well as managed by Enel X. In this regard, when we have it
plugged into an HPC socket, the ID.4 GTX managed to exploit it a lot
well, charging almost to the maximum declared power of 125 kW.

Volkswagen ID.4 GTX, the card

What it is: The sportier version of Volkswagen’s average electric crossover

Dimensions: length 4.58 meters, width 1.85 m height 1.61 m, pitch 2.77 m

Luggage compartment: 543 liters

Motor: two electric motors, permanent magnet synchronous, power
299 HP, 460 Nm torque

Gearbox: single speed

Four-wheel drive

Advantages: space on board, visibility, comfort, technology on board

Defects: infotainment not always fluid, some plastics hard to the touch

Production: Zwickau, Germany

Prices: the price list of the ID.4 ranges from 43,850 euros for the version
base, up to 59,800 euros for the GTX

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