Volkswagen is a brand quickly ramping up its electric car plans. Last year alone – even during a pandemic – it delivered more than 130,000 EVs.
Currently the line-up contains the e-Up!, ID.3 and ID,4, while further models will be joining the range soon, not least with the ID.Buzz and ID.5.
Now Volkswagen is introducing further derivatives to the existing range, with the most exciting being the ID.4 GTX. But what does it have to offer? Let’s take a look.
It’s Volkswagen’s first performance EV
You’ll know Volkswagen for its sporty GTI, but how does the firm move forward into an electric era? The answer is GTX, with this nameplate set to symbolise the brand’s performance EVs going forward
It’s the ID.4 GTX that kickstarts this, and first and foremost it gets a significant uplift in power, with the electric motors kicking out 295bhp and 310Nm of torque, which enables a 0-60mph time of six seconds – quicker than a Golf GTI. It also gets performance tweaks like sports suspension, a differential lock and progressive steering to enhance the way it drives.
Only all-wheel-drive ID.4 available
The reason why the ID.4 gets its power boost is primarily because of a second electric motor on the front axle. So while all regular ID.4s are rear-wheel-drive, the GTX is instead four-wheel-drive. That means it’ll be better in bad weather, while also enabling greater traction.
At the same time it still offers an electric range of up to 300 miles, while they can also be charged at up to 125kW, meaning that an 80 per cent rapid charge takes around 38 minutes.
Subtle styling tweaks to differentiate it from regular ID.4
In a similar vein to the GTI range, the ID.4 is relatively subtle in GTX form, as its performance traits aren’t immediately obvious. There are changes, though, including honeycomb-like daytime running lights, new bumpers and a 3D-effect rear light bar that offers an ‘X’ pattern.
The roof and rear spoiler are also painted black on GTX models, while inside it benefits from sportier seats, red detailing and a perforated leather steering wheel.
Available in two trims
You can choose the ID.4 GTX in two forms, depending on how much you’re wanting to spend. The first is the regular GTX, which is priced from £48,510, and it still gets a long list of equipment, including Matrix LED headlights, key;ess entry, a 12-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation and an augmented reality head-up display to name just a few features.
But if you want the best of the best, you’ll need the Max. It gets a raft of extra kit, including electric and massaging front seats, a 360-degree camera system and a panoramic sunroof. Dynamic Chassis Control is also included, letting you flick between driving modes, along with a heat pump that speeds up charging in colder weather.
Still impressively practical
One of the ID.4’s best traits is its practicality and spaciousness, and thankfully the GTX won’t disappoint you in this area either.
With its generously-sized cabin, there’s loads of room in the rear seats for taller passengers, while at 543 litres, the boot is huge as well. If you want a practical electric family car, the ID.4 GTX is certainly quite tough to beat.Enquire on a new Volkswagen ID.4 GTX