After Volkswagen added the cheapest ID.3 to the configurator at the end of January, the entry-level version of their new electric SUV followed at the beginning of February with the ID.4 Pure Performance. The price list of the long-legged platform brother starts at 38,450 euros. If you subtract the currently available government funding of 9,000 euros, you end up with 29,450 euros. The similarly large Tiguan costs 28,935 euros in the bare base, just 515 euros less than its electric counterpart.
The ID.4 has a number of advantages
If you now compare the equipment lists of the two basic models, you quickly notice that the slightly more expensive ID.4 is by and large the better offer. The electric car has LED headlights, a parking beeper, distance control with traffic sign recognition (ACC) and a fully digital cockpit on board as standard. All of the equipment features that add up to a surcharge of over 2,000 euros for the Tiguan. Admittedly, the quality and material impression with the latter is a bit more valuable.
In terms of engine performance, the ID.4 Pure again has a small lead. Its electric unit develops 170 hp and 310 Newton meters of torque, while the 1.5 liter base petrol engine of the Tiguan provides 130 hp and 220 Newton meters. The electric car sprints to 100 km / h in a smooth nine seconds, while the Tiguan takes 10.9 seconds for this discipline. The latter only brushes the sails at 195 km / h, while the ID.4 is shown the limits by the software at 160 km / h.
The electric newcomer leads the way in terms of space. At 4.58 meters, it is almost seven centimeters longer than the established SUV with a gasoline engine and, at 543 liters, offers around 23 liters more luggage space. The elimination of the internal combustion engine and the basic architecture that is consistently tailored to the electric drive lead to a much more airy feeling of space in the interior of the ID.4 and more legroom in the second row. If you can cope with the WLTP range of 343 kilometers and can charge at home or at work, you get a good overall package with the cheapest ID.4. Last but not least, it saves on maintenance and servicing costs. This could induce many a die-hard VW driver to switch to the new E-SUV.