Volkswagen is on the cusp of unleashing its own electric revolution onto the masses. Leading the “charge” (pun intended) are two similarly named machines: the Volkswagen ID.3 and Volkswagen ID.4. Besides one notch on the number line, what sets these two models apart?
Volkswagen ID.3 Vs. Volkswagen ID.4
The main difference between the Volkswagen ID.3 and Volkswagen ID.4 is body type: the ID.3 is a hatchback, while the ID.4 is a crossover SUV. The other key difference is location: while the ID.3 and ID.4 are both releasing in Europe, only the ID.4 is scheduled to come to the United States.
Both the VW ID.3 and ID.4 have a similar mission: to kick off a new family of mass-market electric vehicles for the brand. Volkswagen has advertised the ID vehicles as being EVs “for the millions, not the millionaires.” Smaller cars bearing the names ID.1 and ID.2 are also expected, along with bigger models ranging up to ID. 9.
What is the Volkswagen ID.3?
The Volkswagen ID.3 is a five-door, four-to-five-seat hatchback. Based on the MEB electric car platform, the vehicle is rear-wheel drive only. This concoction manages to churn out up to 201 bhp.
Three different battery choices are offered: 45, 58, and 77 kWh, respectively. These batteries can boast a range from 205 to 340 miles. There are three trims: Pure, Pro and Pro S. The Pure and Pro versions of the ID.3 seat five, while the Pro S seats four.
With capabilities similar to that of the Volkswagen Golf, the ID.3 inhabits the heart of the VW ID family in Europe. It’s likely no coincidence that not only is America not slated to receive the ID.3, it’s also not slated to receive the next-generation standard Golf.
What is the Volkswagen ID.4?
The Volkswagen ID.4 is the second model to be released in the ID. series. It boasts a crossover SUV body type, making it the first fully electric crossover SUV under the Volkswagen umbrella. The model debuted in September 2020 and will be making its way to the U.S. in the first quarter of 2021.
Like the ID.3, the ID.4 utilizes an electric motor located at its rear. It churns out 201 hp and 228 lb-ft of torque. Powered by an 82 kWh battery pack, this model can tow up to 2,700 pounds. It provides an estimated driving range of 250 miles when fully charged.
Though only a rear-wheel drive ID.4 will be available at launch, a more powerful all-wheel drive variant is slated to follow later in 2021.
While the Volkswagen ID.4 1st Edition is sold out, the Pro model is still available. What’s the difference?