Volkswagen Somehow Made the 2022 ID.4 Both Better and Worse

The highly-anticipated 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 has gotten some range improvements, but there are some concerns. Along with a price increase, the increased range is still not as high as some competitors.
Written by Hannah DeWitt
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Mar 20, 2022
Automakers are making
new cars
every year, and usually, these new cars feature some upgrades over the older model years. Last year, the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 was named the
World Car of the Year
, so naturally, customers are expecting that VW's made some good changes to the car. For some reason though, Volkswagen actually made the 2022 ID.4 both better and worse, and here's how.

The 2022 ID.4 gets more range than before

According to
Kelley Blue Book
, one of the most significant changes to the ID.4 for the 2022 model year had to do with its range. Unfortunately for customers, it's not all good news.
The standard ID.4 with rear-wheel drive now gets 280 miles of range. This is an improvement of 20 miles, as the 2021 ID.4 only got 260 miles of range. The all-wheel drive version also received a boost, but a very small one. It used to get 249 miles of range, and now it gets 251 miles of range. 
The bad news is that, while this is a nice range upgrade, the ID.4 is getting beaten by its competitors. For example, the
2022 Kia EV6
gets 310 miles of range. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 also gets more than 300 miles of range. There are many Teslas that get more than 300 miles as well.

What other changes did VW give the 2022 ID.4?

VW gave the ID.4 a few more tweaks as well. The 2021 version could be charged with up to 125 kilowatts of power. For the 2022 model year, VW bumped that up to 135 kilowatts. This means that, in ideal situations, the ID.4 could be recharged faster than the older model could.
Later in 2022, VW will also introduce "plug-and-charge capability" for the ID.4 when it's at Electrify America charging stations. This will allow drivers to more simply charge their car without having to fiddle with the touch screen at the charging station.
VW didn't make any changes to the car's interior or exterior, but VW did make changes to its pricing. All prices, at all trim levels, are now $765 more expensive than before. This means that the ID.4 will start at just under $41,000, not including the $1,195 destination fee.

Volkswagen is right to prioritize range for the ID.4

EVs usually don't get many changes between model years, but focusing on improving the ID.4's range is a good idea for Volkswagen. One of the biggest
obstacles towards EV adoption
is range anxiety.
Drivers don't want to have to worry about running out of juice when they're driving an EV. By having more range, drivers can rest easy knowing that they probably won't need to recharge for a while.
That's why VW has to improve the range on the ID.4 by a lot, and quickly as well. Cars like the Tesla Model 3 can get about 100 miles more range than the ID.4 can, and that's pretty attractive for customers. 

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