2021 Volkswagen ID4 Interior Review: High-Tech, not High-End

Volkswagen just officially pulled the silk off of the 2021 ID4, the latest member of an all-electric lineup of cars and SUVs. VW says the new SUV, the name for which it stylizes as “ID.4,” is the company’s first long-range EV for the United States—the e-Golf was merely a baby step toward electrification.  Also unlike the e-Golf, the ID4 will be the first chance U.S. customers will have to experience an entirely new exterior and interior design language from the German automaker. (Europe got a head start with the ID3 hatchback, which won’t be coming here.) If you want all the specs on the ID4, including range and charging info, you can check out our 2021 Volkswagen ID4 First Look here. But earlier this week, MotorTrend got an in-person preview of the ID4 in the metal, and it both impresses and leaves some things to be desired.



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Inside, the design is fresh for VW, if a little Spartan. The ID4 isn’t a concept—we were shown a preproduction model—but it has the minimalist styling inside you’d expect of a concept car flexing a little design muscle. At first glance, it seems too minimal—”hmm, that’s it?”—but what you do get is a step in the right direction for a car that is essentially paving the way for VW’s electric future.

Volkswagen’s new infotainment system is more user-friendly than ever. Getting used to its smartphone-like user interface is a cinch. The upgraded 12.0-inch display is bright and slightly angled towards the driver to make it easier to see. It’s also snappier in most places than VW’s previous infotainment system, which could take a beat or two to register your inputs and respond accordingly.



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The infotainment’s icons are easy to understand, user-friendly, and with a more intuitive menu structure for HVAC, navigation, and media controls. And while we’ll always prefer a conventional volume knob, the touch-sensitive volume slider is much more responsive than the ones maligned in past Hondas and Cadillacs. That’s good because everything is touch-sensitive. The controls for the exterior lights, cabin lighting, steering-wheel-mounted functions, and even the mirror-adjustment controls are touch-sensitive capacitive panels. That will certainly take more getting used to than the new infotainment software.

The instrument cluster, however, is a tiny digital display mounted on the steering column, so it moves as you tilt the steering wheel up and down. That seems fine on paper, but the amount of info VW tried to cram into a 5.3-inch screen makes it feel cluttered, and some of the info isn’t perfectly within the driver’s line of sight. It’s a noticeable change—and

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2021 Volkswagen ID4 EV Crossover Interior Review

Volkswagen officially pulled the silk off of the 2021 ID4 today, the latest member of an all-electric lineup of cars and SUVs. VW says it’s their first long-range EV that will be sold in the States—the e-Golf was merely a baby step toward electrification.  Also unlike the e-Golf, it’ll be the first experience U.S. customers will have at an entirely new exterior and interior design language from the German automaker. (Europe got a head start with the ID3, which won’t be coming here.) If you want all the specs on the ID4, including range and charging info, you can check out our 2021 Volkswagen ID4 First Look here. But earlier this week MotorTrend got an in-person preview of the ID4 in the metal, and it leaves some things to be desired.

Inside, the design is fresh for VW, if a little spartan. The ID4 isn’t a concept—we were shown a pre-production model—but it has the minimalist styling inside you’d expect of a concept car flexing a little design muscle. At first glance, it seems too minimal—”hmm, that’s it?”—but what you do get is a step in the right direction for a car that is essentially paving the way for VW’s electric future.

Volkswagen’s new infotainment system is more user-friendly than ever. Getting used to its smartphone-like user interface is a cinch. The upgraded 12.0-inch display is bright and slightly angled towards the driver to make it easier to see. It’s also snappier in most places than VW’s previous infotainment system, which could take a beat or two to register your inputs and respond accordingly.

The infotainment’s icons are easy to understand, user-friendly, and with a more intuitive menu structure for HVAC, navigation, and media controls. And while we’ll always prefer a conventional volume knob, the touch-sensitive volume slider is much more responsive than the ones maligned in past Hondas and Cadillacs. That’s good because everything is touch-sensitive. The controls for the exterior lights, cabin lighting, steering wheel controls, and even the mirror adjustment controls are touch-sensitive capacitive panels. That will certainly take more getting used to than the new infotainment setup.

The instrument cluster, however, is a tiny digital display mounted on the steering column, so it moves as you tilt the steering wheel up and down. That seems fine on paper, but the amount of info VW tried to cram into a 5.3-inch screen makes it feel cluttered and some of the info isn’t perfectly within the driver’s line of sight. It’s a noticeable change—and in some regards a downgrade—when compared to something like VW’s Digital Cockpit. Plus, the cramped display belies the genuinely impressive amount of room available in the ID4’s cabin.

Hop in and look around. You’ll find that there’s a ton of room in the passenger compartment. The VW Tiguan, a similarly-sized SUV, can feel a bit stuffy at times. But the lack of a high central tunnel in the ID makes the driver and passenger area feel much more spacious than

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Volkswagen ID.4 interior revealed – motoring.com.au

Dashboard design of Volkswagen’s first electric SUV will be as clean as its EV powertrain

Volkswagen has revealed the modern and minimalist new interior design of its first electric SUV ahead of the all-new Volkswagen ID.4’s world debut on September 23.

Borrowing heavily from the mechanically similar Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback, the ‘floating’ dashboard design of the Volkswagen ID.4 features a free-standing central touch-screen and digital instrument cluster, to which the gear selector is attached.

Described by the German car-maker as a flowing, lightweight design that emphasises the car’s spacious interior and adds elegance to the cabin, the striking new dash will be accompanied by a light strip below the windscreen dubbed ID. Light.

Volkswagen says it ID. Light will support drivers in a variety of situations with intuitive lighting effects in different colors, like when the vehicle’s drive system is active and that the car has been unlocked or locked, and by accentuating information from the driver assist, navigation and infotainment systems by signaling braking prompts and incoming phone calls, for example.

The Volkswagen ID.4 cabin is dominated by “calm, sophisticated” colors called Lunar Grey and Galaxy Black, while the steering wheel, steering column and control panel housings are dressed in Piano Black or Electric White.

Highlighting the clean, futuristic design will be options including a fixed panoramic glass roof and a 30-color ambient lighting system that can be adjusted to underline the cabin’s main features at night.

“Freedom on the outside, free space on the inside,” said Volkswagen Group Design chief, Klaus Zyciora, who oversaw the ID.4’s design in his former role as Head of Volkswagen Brand Design.

“The ID.4 brings a new sense of space to its category thanks to the new MEB platform, our modular electric drive matrix.”

In its most recent media release, Volkswagen also said occupants will enter the ID.4 cabin via flush-fitting exterior door-handles with electric unlocking and large door openings.

The five-seat Volkswagen ID.4’s seating position will be higher than the ID.3’s thanks to its extra ride height and the SUV’s cargo area behind the rear seats will be a massive 30.3 cubic feet (858 litres).

Its basic dimensions were leaked in June, revealing it will be roughly the size of Australia’s top-selling SUV, the Toyota RAV4, at 4592mm long and 1852mm wide.

In Europe, the battery-powered Volkswagen ID.4 will initially be launched in rear-wheel drive form, with an all-wheel drive version to be added a later date.

Three lithium-ion battery choices will be offered – 45kWh, 58kWh and range-topping 77kWh. The biggest and most expensive battery offers a maximum claimed range of around 500km (WLTP) on a full battery charge.

 

 

Volkswagen says the ID.4’s 0.28Cd coefficient of drag and scalable battery architecture aid its efficiency, performance and interior space packaging.

The German giant’s first fully-electric SUV will initially be sold in Europe, China and the US. Pre-production of the SUV has already started in China and Germany, and is scheduled to get underway in the US in 2022.

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VW ID.4 interior teased before September full debut

The world premiere is coming before the month’s end.

After releasing the first computer sketches of the ID.4’s exterior last week, Volkswagen is now taking a look at the vehicle’s cabin in a new batch of teasers. The electric architecture that underpins the crossover has allowed the German company to develop a radically different cabin compared to the brand’s combustion-powered vehicles. VW calls this formula “freedom on the outside, free space on the inside.”

As teased with the preview images, the door handles of the ID.4 will be electrical and Volkswagen explains they open large openings for easy access to the cabin. The seating position at the front is typical for an SUV, while at the back – according to the company’s press release – the “seat bench offers as much space as a conventional SUV in the next higher category.” The cargo volume is 543 litres.

An innovative feature Volkswagen seems to be especially proud of is the so-called ID.Light which is essentially an LED light strip below the windshield. It is designed to inform the driver about different notifications related to the vehicle’s systems, including incoming phone calls, whether the car is locked or unlocked, emergency braking, and more.

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Depending on the trim level, the ID.4 will be offered with optional or standard AGR-approved front seats with an electric adjustment and built-in massage function. The seat covers are made of animal-free materials or, more precisely, of leatherette and ArtVelours – a synthetic material that consists of around 20 percent recycled PET bottles.

The ID.4 is “quickly approaching its launch” but Volkswagen is not ready to reveal the debut date yet. In the latest press release, the Germans briefly mention it will celebrate its world premiere “before the end of September 2020.”

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Volkswagen ID.4 EV interior: screens and touch-sensitivity

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The reveal of the Volkswagen ID.4, the first member of VW’s new family of battery-powered vehicles slated to come to the U.S., is getting closer. Before we see the exterior of the crossover EV later this month, Volkswagen is giving us a preview of the interior. Naturally, screens feature prominently, but the most notable characteristic may be the wholesale embrace of touch-sensitivity.

The images show a large freestanding center screen that is able to display multiple functions at once — in this case, navigation, audio, and phone, along with what may be an equalizer. Another image shows that the central display has three pages of menus. The center screen dwarfs the instrument cluster, which is another screen. Contained within the image of the instrument cluster, by the way, is a rendering of the ID.4 that gives us our best look yet at the exterior of the vehicle in its production form.

Extending from the right of the cluster screen is a trapezoidal-shaped knob that functions as the gearshift. Touch the end of the knob to actuate the parking brake. The parking brake button appears to be touch-sensitive, as are all the buttons we can see in these pictures. Below the central screen, for instance, there’s a horizontal panel with blue and red temperature-adjustment touchpads for the driver and passenger climate control which flank a volume touch-slider (no volume knob — ugh). Below that are buttons to call up menus for the park-assist, the climate control, and the driver-assist systems, along with a mode button and the switch for the hazard lights. There appears to be no direct access for fan speed.

Another climate-control oddity is that buttons for the front and rear defrosters and for max-defrost are on the left, grouped with the light switches. Again, this entire panel appears to be touch-sensitive. On the driver’s armrest, there’s a traditional knob for side-mirror adjustment, but the buttons to select which mirror, to defrost the mirrors, and to fold them all are touch-sensitive. The power-window switches appear to be traditional, but there are only two. Another button is marked REAR, which suggests that you touch that first and then those same two switches operate the rear windows. Thus saving VW the cost of two window switches.

The steering-wheel controls appear more conventional, with those on the left largely devoted to the cruise control, while those on the right include a multi-function switch, voice control, and another to change what’s shown on the digital instrument cluster. Again, those all appear to be touch-sensitive. It’s almost surprising to see two old-school stalks for the wipers and the turn signals. Surely, VW must be working on some type of touch-sensitive replacements for those.

Elsewhere, we see that the center console features two cupholders, a mobile-phone slot (presumably with wireless charging available), and a compartment with a sliding cover. The car shown here features gloss-black trim, but VW says gloss white will be available as well. The ambient lighting offers

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2021 Volkswagen ID.4 EV Interior Revealed, Looking Uncluttered

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  • Volkswagen shares interior images of the 2021 ID.4 electric vehicle.
  • The minimalist cabin shares the same uncluttered design philosophy found in the ID.3.
  • The ID.4 will be unveiled later this month and go on sale by the end of the year.

Volkswagen is showing off the interior of its upcoming ID.4, the first electric vehicle coming to the United States based on VW’s MEB EV platform. Slated to be unveiled in late September, the electric crossover is part of a large electrification plan from the German automaker. It is expected to go on sale here by the end of the year.

VW Group head of design Klaus Zyciora says the vehicle displays “freedom on the outside, free space on the inside.” The photos show a clutter-free cabin with a floating infotainment display and VW’s ID.Light 30-color ambient light strip, which runs across the dash. Volkswagen says that light will be used to convey messages to the driver such as when the vehicle is on, when it’s locked, or if there’s an incoming phone call, as well as driver-assistance information.

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While many features have been moved to the infotainment system, there are still physical soft-touch buttons under the display for volume, climate control, drive mode, and driver assistance. The steering wheel and the column-stalk controls are essentially what you would find in any modern vehicle. But the gear shifter is attached to the right side of the digital dash cluster. It all comes off as very clean and focused.

One fun item carried over from the concept vehicles is the pause-and-play brake and accelerator pedals. The interior will be available in in either Lunar Grey and Galaxy Black, while the steering wheel, column, display housings, and control panels in the doors will be available in Piano Black or Electric White.

Volkswagen stated that with the rear seats up, the vehicle has 30.3 cubic feet of available cargo space. The automaker did not share how much that number grows with the rear seats folded down.

With a promised range of up to 310 miles, Volkswagen is taking on the Tesla Model Y, Hyundai Kona Electric, and Kia Niro EV. Right after it’s officially unveiled later this month, Volkswagen will begin taking $100 refundable deposits from people hoping to reserve an ID.4 of their own.

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Volkswagen shows off upcoming ID.4 electric SUV’s interior

  • The ID.4 will be Volkswagen’s first all-electric car offered in the US.
  • It’s built on Volkswagen’s modular electric drive matrix technology platform, otherwise known as “MEB.”
  • The ID.4 will officially debut later this month.
  • Interior photos published on Friday show an airy but conservative interior.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Volkswagen already has an all-electric car out in the form of the ID.3 hatchback, but that particular model isn’t destined for US shores. Instead, we’ll be getting the yet-to-be-unveiled ID.4 fully electric SUV, which you can get a look inside of now.

The German automaker published a series of photos of the EV’s interior on Friday ahead of its world debut, set to take place later this month. 

Judging from the photos, the cabin of the ID.4 looks to be an airy place, with big windows and good forward visibility, at least. Volkswagen said the trunk has 30.3 cubic feet of cargo space when the second row seats are upright. That’s a bit less than the 2020 Toyota RAV4, which has 37.5 cubic feet of space.

Regardless, it’s a pretty conservative interior, which can be a good thing. Buyers are used to their cars looking a certain way and if we want EVs to really catch on in the mainstream like Volkswagen is aiming to do with the ID.4, it can’t have a far-out interior that will alienate buyers.

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2022 Volkswagen ID4 EV Shows Off Its Simple, Tesla-Like Interior

A few months ago, we got a glimpse at the Volkswagen ID4 EV’s somewhat vanilla exterior. Well, it looks like the new electric car’s interior follows the same simple-is-better philosophy. In fact, we rather like the clean, uncluttered look, which reminds us of the Tesla Model 3’s pared-back cabin.

Like the most modern cars, the ID4 keeps the number of physical buttons at a minimum through a reliance on digital touchscreen displays. Both the instrument display—the ID4’s key difference from the Model 3 and Model Y, which lack a formal gauge cluster ahead of the driver—and the larger central touchscreen sit above the dashboard. The steering wheel, display housings, and control panels in the doors can be had in Piano Black or Electric White, depending on the buyer’s preference. Other noteworthy details? The brake pedal features a “pause” sign, and the accelerator features a “play” sign. Cheeky.

The Volkswagen ID4 will offer a fixed panoramic glass roof giving the cabin an airy feel. Also available is ambient interior lighting with 30 color choices, which is an easy way to spice up the plain interior. There’s another feature called ID Light, which is a light strip below the windscreen that signals whether the vehicle is locked or unlocked and notifies the driver of incoming calls. It also tells drivers if they need to brake to avoid a collision. Occupants sit up high in the ID4, and there are large door openings for easy access into the cabin. When the rear seats are up, the cargo bay measures 30.3 cubic feet, more than twice the amount of space offered in the Jetta sedan.

Volkswagen will fully unveil the ID4 on September 23. Hopefully by then, we’ll know all the U.S.-market specs. The first copies of the ID4 will hit dealerships in the U.S. by the end of the year, with the initial run of the small EV crossovers being imported from Europe initially. Eventually, copies for the U.S. will come from VW’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The ID4 will be sold across all 50 states through more than 600 VW dealers. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

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VW unveils ID.4 interior with some Tesla inspirations

VW is unveiling the ID.4’s interior today, or at least the electric SUV’s cockpit, and you could easily argue that there are some inspirations from Tesla’s minimalist interior.

Despite being trashed by many early on for the spartan approach to its interior design, Tesla has now definitely created a minimalist trend in the auto industry, with the user experience being centered around a large display in the middle of the dash.

We have seen some clear resemblance in the Mustang Mach-E’s interior, and in several popular EVs in China like Nio’s and Xpeng’s.

Now VW is today unveiling the interior of the upcoming ID.4 electric SUV, the German brand’s first new all-electric vehicle to hit the North American market, and we are again seeing some inspiration from Tesla.

While not as minimalist as Tesla’s, the interior is fairly simple, or “lightweight,” as VW refers to it with a modest line around the dash:

The experience centers around a protruding center touchscreen. However, unlike Tesla in the Model 3 and Model Y, VW retained an instrument cluster behind the wheel, albeit an extremely small one.

Volkswagen writes about the ID.4’s interior:

The ID.4’s interior design underlines the ample sense of space: similarly to the exterior design, it appears flowing and lightweight, focusing on the essential. The dash panel seems to be floating, as it is not linked to the center console, which has been designed as an independent component. A large, tilting panoramic sunroof made of glass (optional) grants an unrestricted view of the sky. As darkness falls, the background lighting can be adjusted within 30-color spectrum to set striking highlights in the vehicle interior. Klaus Zyciora emphasizes that the entire display and operating concept has been designed logically and with a straightforward character, adding ‘the intuitive operability of the ID.4 brings a new, electric ease to the crossover SUV category.’

Like the ID.3, the ID.4 is going to be equipped with the “ID. Light” system, which consists of a light strip below the windscreen that will change color and blink to indicate different functions like locking the car, navigation prompts, incoming calls, and many other options.

The ID.4’s interior is similar to the ID.3’s, but you could argue that it is even simpler with even more minimalist lines on the dash.

The electric SUV is going to be fully unveiled later this month and deliveries are starting in Europe later this year.

It is not expected to hit the American market until it goes into production at VW’s factory in Tennessee in early 2022.

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