Volkswagen ID.4 GTX Preview

Here's the preview to the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 GTX.

What's this?

This is the Volkswagen ID.4 GTX, the first performance version of the top-selling ID.4, due to arrive in Ireland in September 2021. Think of it as the GTI of VW’s electric range. It features a second electric motor over the regular version, which not only boosts power to 299hp, but also provides four-wheel drive. It’s slightly lower than the standard models, too, with a few sporty elements to show it’s not your average Volkswagen EV, but it still offers lots of practicality and driving range.

What will its rivals be?

Many of its rivals will come from within the Volkswagen Group itself, such as the Audi Q4 e-tron and Skoda Enyaq. Outside of the Group, it will have to take on the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, Mercedes EQB and Volvo XC40 Recharge. Unlike most of its rivals though, the ID.4 is a sportier model, promising to be more fun while still offering decent driving range.

Any tech info?

The GTX gets VW’s full-fat 77kWh (net) battery that can provide an official driving range of between 340- and 480km and can be charged easily at home or at a DC fast charger up to 125kW. The addition of a second electric motor allows for four-wheel drive, either for better traction when driving in a sporty manner or if road conditions are slippery. The GTX also has a Vehicle Dynamics Manager, a system that controls a number of components to provide the best stability and traction at all times.

What will the range be like?

The GTX is the flagship of the ID.4 line-up sitting above the models already on sale in Ireland. It will have some sporty details such as the GTI-style honeycomb daytime running lights, the X-shaped rear brake lights, red stitching on the seats and GTX badging inside and out. We expect there will be some options to tick off as well.


We’re not really sure what to expect with this one. It’s obviously not going to drive or sound like a GTI and, with a 0-100km/h time of 6.2 seconds, it’s certainly not in the same league as performance models like the BMW i4 M50 or the Porsche Taycan. It is however the sporty version of an electric car we like very much, so we are cautiously optimistic that it will be quite good.

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