Tested: 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Seeks to Normalize Electric Cars

This electric crossover succeeds at imitating the gas-powered competition but forgoes many of the things we like about EVs.

As electric cars begin to proliferate, we are seeing the auto industry figuring out the best way to build and sell battery-powered cars. Some take existing gasoline models, rip out their powertrains, and bolt in battery packs and electric motors. A few existing carmakers have started new EV-only brands to market purpose-built electrics. 

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2021 World Car of the Year: Volkswagen ID.4
2021 World Car of the Year: Volkswagen ID.4

The Volkswagen ID.4 electric crossover is officially the 2021 World Car of the Year. It won the crown against an Read more

New Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace teased
New Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace teased

Facelifted seven-seat Tiguan mid-size SUV to be unveiled soon ahead of Oz launch early 2022 The new Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace will be Read more

Volkswagen Amarok W580 off-road flagship coming
Volkswagen Amarok W580 off-road flagship coming

Rugged 4x4 dual-cab to be next Walkinshaw-developed VW ute, taking on Ford Ranger Raptor Volkswagen Australia and Walkinshaw Automotive Group Read more

Volkswagen ID.4 GTX unveiled with dual-motors and standard AWD
Volkswagen ID.4 GTX unveiled with dual-motors and standard AWD

German automaker Volkswagen presented its newest ID.4 GTX at a digital world premiere at Berlin Tempelhof Airport. The VW ID.4 Read more

Volkswagen ID.4 named World Car of the Year
Volkswagen ID.4 named World Car of the Year

EV wins WCOTY for first time as Defender, S-Class, 911 Turbo and Honda e claim minor titles The Volkswagen ID.4 has become Read more

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 pricing announced: VW’s first EV crossover starts at $41,190
2021 Volkswagen ID.4 pricing announced: VW’s first EV crossover starts at $41,190

America is not getting the all-new VW ID.3 electric hatchback, but Volkswagen offers the 2021 ID.4 electric crossover as a Read more

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 electric SUV revealed: 480km range, plush interior for retro-styled EV
Hyundai IONIQ 5 revealed with 800V fast-charging

Hyundai's new mid-size SUV has debuted after a lengthy teaser campaign, with a new platform, up to 480km of range, Read more

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 First Drive – Ripe for the Picking
2021 Volkswagen ID.4 First Drive – Ripe for the Picking

The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is America’s first taste of a new-age VW electric vehicle. Riding atop the German carmaker’s EV-specific Read more

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Review
2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Review

Volkswagen sees the future as electric, and it has bold plans to be a totally carbon-neutral company by 2050. Much Read more

2021 BMW iX3 First Drive Review: The New Normal?
2021 BMW iX3 First Drive Review: The New Normal?

It had to be an SUV, everything these days is an SUV. But if you're a brand launching its first Read more

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Prototype First Drive Review: Just Plain Good
2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Prototype First Drive Review: Just Plain Good

Two things bookended my brief test drive of a 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 prototype. As I was getting familiar with the Read more

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Reportedly Delayed In The United States
For its new ID.4 EV, Volkswagen aims high – Capture that Tesla reservation magic

There is a setback with the timeline of the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 in the United States. Originally, the full-electric crossover Read more