I am what you would call an “amateur car enthusiast” as I absolutely respect and admire the engineering and art in the design of a car of any kind. Through my journeys through what I call the Boulevard of Car Dreams, I have, with the help of the amazing experts at Fort Worth Autobahn, gained an immense appreciation for all types of cars. But this test drive was a real winner for me: the fully electric 2021 Volkswagen ID.4.
Yes, friends, I’m in love!
Vinson Garcia, my Autobahn Volkswagen Sales Consultant, graciously walked me through the details of how the ID.4 operated and made sure I was fully comfortable to drive it off the showroom floor. I honestly don’t think there was any question I could have asked Vinson about the car that he could not have answered immediately, leaving me feeling fully prepared for this electric car revolution.
I drove the 1st Edition of the ID.4, a single motor, rear-wheel drive SUV with strong yet aerodynamic lines that sets it apart visually from other SUVs on the road. You can customize it with different color options for the exterior trim pieces – something I’ve never seen before on any of the previous cars I’ve tested. Volkswagen says the ID.4 interior is designed to be minimalist, but with high technology at its core. The dashboard looked pleasantly uncrowded, in part because so many of the controls were handled by the buttons on the steering wheel or the large central touchscreen.
Adding to the clean, ultra-modern feel to the whole car is a huge panoramic glass sunroof that comes standard with a retractable shade, allowing open-sky views for everyone taking a ride. The overall aesthetic was impressively futuristic while being firmly grounded in the present. There was plenty of both head and leg room for those adults who will be riding in the back seat, as well as ample cargo space out back.
While you’d of course expect an electric vehicle to be quiet, VW engineers clearly spent a lot of time isolating any hint of road and wind noise. One only needs to open the door to hear the outside world and then quickly close it again to hear just how well VW has done that job. The driver’s seat was a serene place for me while I moved around town, which was accentuated by the white steering wheel and other highlighted areas of the car’s interior.
It really was a peaceful and wonderful place to be.
I am a woman who appreciates creative details, and this dream of an electric car had several. For example, the 1st Edition has fun pedal covers – the one for the brakes has a “pause” button symbol, while the one for the accelerator has a “play” button, just like the remote for your TV. A heated steering wheel and heated front seats come standard on the ID.4, with voice activation commands being integrated into their operation. As soon as I said, “Hello, ID!” I could then say, “My hands are cold” and my new electric friend would start warming my steering wheel within seconds. Nice!
The ID.4 glides along with the futuristic purr of a modern electric vehicle. It can accelerate to 60 mph in about 7.7 seconds and gets about 250 miles on a full charge. No need for “range anxiety,” as they call it. Charging at home while you sleep is easy, and more and more charging stations are popping up now that America is becoming more aware of the benefits of owning an electric car. And speaking of charging, Autobahn Volkswagen offers free charging for 3 years from Electrify America when you purchase the ID.4!
Safety features are always important to car owners. The ID.4 comes equipped with every safety feature you would expect from a Volkswagen which includes:
- Travel Assist
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Active Blind Spot Monitor
- Rear Traffic Alert
- Front Assist
- Emergency Assist
- Lane Assist
Driving a machine that functions like something out of a science-fiction movie completely thrilled my inner child. This thrill is just one more thing that makes an electric car such a desirable purchase.
Recently, I read this quotation: “I want to get into my car and drive until I find what I’m looking for. Maybe it’s a purpose, or maybe it’s a new start, or maybe it’s just a sky with unclouded stars.” I think this resonates in some way through all of us.
Cars are a necessity in our lives, and we choose to drive a car that fits our personalities, goals, and budgets. If what I have said resonates with you, you need to test drive the 2022 Volkswagen ID.4. The warm and friendly staff at Autobahn Fort Worth will always do what they can to help you make the best decision in making your car dreams a reality.
Thank you, Fort Worth Autobahn and Autobahn Volkswagen, for another memorable car-driving experience. Your team is amazing, and I look forward to driving through 2022 with you!!