Volkswagen ID.4 2021 vs. 2022: What’s Changed?

Differences between the 2021 and 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 include fewer trim options, faster charging times, and more range for the 2022 model.
Written by Alexandra Maloney
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
The Volkswagen ID.4 is an all-electric SUV with a unique name and features. After its debut in 2020, there have been exciting updates to this electric vehicle each year, and the 2021 and 2022 ID.4 have differences when it comes to trim options, charging time, range, and more. 
  • The 2021 ID.4 is available in three trims, with the 1st edition offering the best value and featuring a larger infotainment display, panoramic sunroof, power-operated rear liftgate, and upgraded wheels.
  • The 2022 ID-4 has two trims, with the Pro being the more affordable option. It offers minor upgrades, including improved DC Fast Charging and a longer EPA-estimated driving range.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4

The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is available in three trims: 
  • ID.4 Pro (starting at $41,190)
  • ID.4 1st Edition (starting at $45,190) 
  • ID.4 Pro S (starting at $45,690) 
All ID.4s begin with the following standard features:
  • Keyless entry
  • Automatic headlights
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control with rear air vents
  • Leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel
  • Digital gauge cluster
  • Wireless smartphone charging
  • Voice controls
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 
  • VW’s Car-Net connection and Wi-Fi
Standard safety features for all ID.4s include:
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Forward collision mitigation
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Driver attention warning
  • Parking sensors
Of these trims, the best value is the 1st Edition. This edition of the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 adds to the standard interior features with:
  • A larger 12-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • A panoramic sunroof
  • A power-operated rear liftgate
  • An upgraded set of 20-inch wheels
  • Unique pedals with “Pause” and “Play” logos
  • White interior accents
As for useful 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 specs, the 1st Edition is:
  • 180.5 inches long
  • 72.9-inches wide
  • 64.4 inches tall
  • 4,700 pounds
  • 2,200 pound towing capacity on RWD models 
  • 2,700 pound towing capacity on ID.4 AWD models
As far as electric cars go, the electric motor isn’t terribly powerful, with just 201 horsepower on the rear-wheel drive (RWD) version, and up to 302 horsepower on the dual-motor all-wheel drive (AWD) configuration. The 0-60 mph run time is 7.6 seconds. 
The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 charge time is 7.5 hours for a full charge with standard 240 volt charging devices. The DC Fast Charger can add 80% battery in about 38 minutes, and about 260 miles of range overall. 
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2022 Volkswagen ID.4 

Key updates from 2021 to 2022: The 2022 VW ID.4 drops one trim level and increases in price. Although there are some upgraded features in the new car compared to the earlier 2021 crossover, they’re pretty minor. 
The 2022 ID.4 is offered in two trims: 
  • ID.4 Pro (MSRP starting at $42,525)
  • ID.4 Pro S (MSRP starting at $47,025) 
If you’re looking to purchase a 2022 model year, saving your money and opting for the Pro is likely the best option.
The best perk of the 2022 model: Probably the largest new perk offered is the 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 charge time, which improves from 125 to 135 kW at Electrify America DC Fast Charging stations. 
According to the automaker, drivers can now add 70 miles in about 10 minutes, although standard charging stays at 7.5 hours. Other 2022 Volkswagen ID specs are the same as the earlier model.
While the battery pack’s 82 kWh driving range has improved to 280 miles per charge, the powertrain has stayed the same, producing a base 201 hp and a 0-60 run of 7.6 seconds. 
The Volkswagen 2022 ID.4 interior remains the same from last year’s model, too. 

The bottom line

The 2022 ID.4 is very similar to the 2021 model. The biggest perks of opting for the newer model are the improved charging time and longer electric driving range.
The lower of the two 2022 trims, the Pro, is likely the best bet for your money.
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