Harry Leahey

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Volkswagen has announced the launch of its upgraded electric models, the ID.4 and ID.5, now available for order in the UK. 


The updated ID.4 starts from £46,035 in the Life Pro trim, while the ID.5 starts from £50,940 in Style Pro guise. 


These revamped models come with a slew of enhancements, including a new infotainment system, increased power, and improved charging capabilities.


The ID.4 and ID.5 feature a new-generation infotainment system boasting a larger 12.9-inch screen, intuitive controls, and illuminated sliders for cabin temperature adjustment. Volkswagen has also relocated the driving mode selector to the steering column, as seen in the ID.7, to accommodate the larger display.


Enhancements in voice control are evident with the introduction of the IDA voice assistant, promising more accurate responses to natural voice commands. It includes additional functions like cloud-based weather information and updates on sports events or stock market prices.


In the sound department, Volkswagen has replaced its previous Digital Sound Package with a Harman Kardon premium sound system, offering 480 Watts of output and 10 speakers, including a centre speaker and subwoofer. 


This system is an optional feature on the rear-wheel-drive Pro trims and standard on the 4MOTION GTX versions in the UK.


VW says both models now deliver more power and use less energy thanks to a new drive unit, making 286hp. It’s also claimed to boost the cars' torque by 75 percent, from 310 to 545 Nm.

The high-performance, all-wheel-drive versions, the ID.4 GTX and ID.5 GTX meanwhile,  have been upgraded to 340 horsepower (250 kW), an increase of 41 horsepower (30 kW) from the outgoing models - enough to accelerate them from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.4 seconds.


Efficiency improvements have extended the WLTP range of the ID.4 to up to 337 miles, and the ID.5 SUV coupé to 339 miles. Additionally, faster charging is now achievable, with the all-wheel-drive models offering a 175 kW DC charging capability, allowing for an additional 110 miles of range in approximately 10 minutes.


Volkswagen has refined the Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) for the GTX models (optional) and designed the Vehicle Dynamics Manager to offer a better balance between comfort and dynamics. A new striking paint colour, Costa Azul blue metallic, is available for all models except GTX.


Higher-spec versions of the ID.4 will come in at £49,440 for Style Pro, while the sportier ID.4 GTX 4MOTION will cost £53,865. 


For the ID.5 series, the Tech Pro is the second verison in the range, at £55,580, while the GTX 4MOTION comes in at £55,365. The range-topping GTX Style 4MOTION costs £56,545.


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Harry Leahey 15/11/23