Notable Updates are Coming to the VW ID.4 for 2024, but Only the More Expensive Models

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Volkswagen has sold tons of ID.4s, but the EV is getting an update heading into the 2024 model year to keep it current. Changes include more tech, new advanced driver assistance features, but they’re limited to higher, more expensive trim levels.

The ID.4 rolls into the new year with the same battery and powertrain options it had before, but tech improvements should help it remain competitive. It gets a new 12.9-inch infotainment display, and VW equips heated and ventilated front seats for the ID.4 Pro S and more expensive trims. The interface now includes backlit controls, and the system has more powerful processors for more responsive operation. There’s also a new drive motor for models equipped with the larger 82 kWh battery pack.

Those changes won’t trickle down to the least expensive models, so buyers of the cheapest ID.4 will get the same laggy infotainment system and dark buttons from the previous model. It also carries over its middling 206-mile range and offers only rear-wheel drive. The larger battery pack brings significant upgrades for 2024, including an 81-hp increase, more than a 170-pound-foot boost in torque, and an almost two-second decrease in its 0-60 mph time.

Though it’s disappointing that VW didn’t make more substantive changes to the entire ID.4 range, it remains the only European EV that qualifies for federal tax credits in the United States. VW started building the SUV in Tennessee and sources batteries from SK On, giving the vehicle full access to the $7,500 credit. The new model is also expected to qualify.

Even the more expensive configurations are more affordable than many competitive EVs, but it’s important to note that VW hasn’t released 2024 pricing yet. The 2023 model started at $38,995 before destination and tax credits, which undercuts the Ford Mustang Mach-E and others, making the ID.4 one of the most affordable EVs on sale today.

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Sobhuza Trooper Sobhuza Trooper on Mar 11, 2024

    Updating the ID4? Sure! Why not?

    They'll do ANYTHING in hopes that you forget about the ID Buzz which is coming our REAL DAMN SOON.

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