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 unveiled its Caddy California camper van that can sleep 4

  • Volkswagen has unveiled the Caddy California, a daily driver camper van that can sleep up to four people.
  • This new release is the fifth iteration in the Caddy family and third camper in the California camper line.
  • The Caddy California has a modular set up with an interior folding bed, pull-out rear kitchen box, and tent.
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Volkswagen has unveiled the new Caddy California, a modular camper van with a a bed, kitchen, and tent.

The German automaker has long been a player in the camper van industry. The new Caddy California is the fifth iteration in the Caddy family and the third California camper model in the line that already includes the Grand California and T6.1 California.

But unlike the other two California models, the Caddy-based motor home was built to be a “compact camper,” according to its maker.

Volkswagen isn’t the only mainstream automaker to have a stake in the increasingly popular tiny homes on wheels business. For example, Ford has its own Nugget and Big Nugget: two campers built inside of a Ford Transit cargo van. And most recently, Jeep reiterated its role in the tiny homes on wheels segment by unveiling a concept 2021 Gladiator pickup truck with a rooftop tent and overlanding RV amenities.

Despite carrying the name of a US state, the California will only be available in the EU.

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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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Volkswagen shows off ID.4’s interior ahead of official debut

Volkswagen is giving us a glimpse of the ID.4, its first all-electric crossover, before the vehicle’s official reveal later this month. The automaker has released photos of ID.4’s interior, showing its touchscreen displays — yes, it has more than one — dials and an intuitive lighting strip. One of the displays serves as the infotainment center, while the other serves as the dash panel behind the wheel.

The second one appears to be floating, because it’s not attached to the center console. In the photos VW published, that display also shows us what the EV could look like from the outside:

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The ID.4 will also feature 30-color ambient lighting and a light strip below the windscreen that can signal drivers, say, when the vehicle’s drive system is active and when the car has been locked or unlocked. It will also signal braking prompts and incoming phone calls. Volkswagen has released a photo of its updated fob, as well, which has three buttons: two to lock and unlock the doors and one to open the trunk.

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Volkswagen

Volkswagen’s ID.4 is second electric vehicle based on the automaker’s MEB platform, which will serve as the basis of of all its future EVs, after the ID.3. It’s also the first MEB-based EV to be available outside Europe and will be manufactured and released in China and the US. The company has already started ID.4’s production at its plant in Zwickau, Germany, while its plants in China and the US will start manufacturing the vehicle later this year and in 2022, respectively.

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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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The Volkswagen ID.4’s Interior Is Happily Uncluttered

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There’s probably no good reason the upcoming all-electric Volkswagen ID.4 (the one that will be sold here) doesn’t have a bench seat, and I wish center screens were a little more mobile, but otherwise, I like the minimalism of VW’s design. It is, very happily (to me) not too busy, in new images released today by Volkswagen.

It also fits somewhat with what the car will look like on the outside: it looks very electric, and it certainly looks modern, but it also isn’t going out of its way to impress.

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As you can see, there will be two screens, one for the driver that will presumably display a speedometer and readings, and another for both driver and passenger that will presumably have navigation and most other infotainment bell and whistle modern cars have. (VW has not said what just yet.)

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And while it’s sad to not see a bench seat, it is nice to see that the center console isn’t linked to the dashboard, which is one-way electric cars can take advantage of space that might otherwise be occupied in an internal combustion-engined car.

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Also intriguing is what VW calls ID Light:

The ID.4 will feature ID. Light—a light strip below the windscreen to support drivers in a host of situations with intuitive lighting effects in different colors. For example, ID. Light signals to the driver that the vehicle’s drive system is active and that the car has been unlocked or locked. It accentuates information issued by the driver assist and navigation systems and signals braking prompts and incoming phone calls.

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This car won’t be on sale in the U.S. until 2022, so we can only gaze at what VW has to offer for now, but at the right price this could be a good alternative to the Model 3, especially for those who like buttons with their screens.

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