The first few examples are relegated to the bottom to allow potential buyers to get up close and personal with the zero-emission machines.
ID.4, which was crowned World Car of the Year in 2021, is the same size as popular mid-size SUVs such as the Toyota RAV4 and Volkswagen Tiguan.
Volkswagen Australia expects big things from the ID.4 and a large part of that comes from its potential car price of around $62,000, according to Volkswagen Australia Director of Passenger Cars Michel Szanicki.
“You can easily compare ID.4 with Tiguan R-Line [price]so it would be a natural transition from current SUVs to electric cars,” Mr. Szanicki said. “It’s a really attractive price tag.”
If Volkswagen follows price parity with the top-of-the-line petrol Tiguan, it will outpace competitors such as the Tesla Model Y and Hyundai Ioniq 5. The potential success is also helped by the fact that the 162TSI Tiguan R-Line is currently the best-selling variant.
ID.4 will also benefit from several state government incentives such as the $3,000 NSW Government discount and stamp duty waiver.
It packs a 77 kWh battery with more than 500 km of electric driving range and has the interior space of a much larger SUV that matches the cute look.
It has one rear electric motor which makes 150kW/310Nm. It can run from 0-100 km/h in 8.5 seconds.
It also accepts up to 125 kW from a DC fast charger, so increasing the battery charge by 10-80 percent takes 34 minutes. This is slower than the main competitors.
The arrival of the ID.4 Down Under is a major change in direction for the German brand, which only said last year it had no plans to bring the car to Australia. Instead, it has been prioritizing the supply of electric vehicles to markets where governments have legally binding national emissions targets.
“It has taken the past six months to convince HQ that Australia is ready,” Szanicki said.
We have tried to prove that the Australian market is very ready. Not only is the legislation changing, which is very helpful, but the demand is changing.”
One of the main selling points of the head office was the fact that Volkswagen electric cars were the most Googled electric cars in the country, showing that Australians were very interested in the brand’s offerings.
“Australia is now really a priority for the group… and it won’t be left behind.”
ID.4 isn’t the only electric car coming from Volkswagen next year. Joining the ID.4 is the ID.5 SUV, which is virtually the same car but with a coupe-like design.
VW Australia expects production to begin for our market in the middle of the year with the vehicles arriving soon after.
The high-performance dual-engine ID.4 GTX is also set for Australia, but there is no exact date for its arrival.
The cheaper and smaller ID.3 will join the lineup at a later time according to Szaniecki, but electric cars with longer range are the priority for Australia.
VW expects more than half of its portfolio to be entirely electric by 2027.
Originally published as Volkswagen ID.4 Price 2023