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Upgraded VW ID.4 and ID.5 now offer you even more

 Published 6th December 2023
New Launches 

Leasing an EV can be a big decision. Get it wrong and you could spend the next few years wishfully counting down the days until you can give it back. Get it right and you’ll spend the next few years dreading the moment that day finally arrives.


With more range, more power, and a little bit of extra speed, the new and improved VW ID.4 and VW ID.5 line-ups are much more likely to fall into the latter category.

Volkswagen has recently upgraded its award-winning ID.4 and ID.5 electric models, with both available to lease now.

The upgraded ID.4 and ID.5 versions are now powered by Volkswagen’s new APP550 drive unit recently introduced for the first time on the range-topping ID.7. The new drive now offers significantly more power together with reduced energy consumption.

The standard unit fitted to the ID.4 and ID.5 Pro variants delivers the electric equivalent of around 280bhp as well as an impressive 75% more torque than previous models, jumping from 310 to 545 Nm. Alongside the boost in power, improved efficiency also means the range of the ID.4 has increased up to 337 miles (10.5 miles further than before) while the ID.5 now has a range of up to 339 miles (an extra 11.8 miles).

Opt for the sportier ID.4 GTX or ID.5 GTX, which also come with all-wheel drive, and you get even more oomph under your right foot.

This pair now delivers a total output of 340bhp, an increase of around 40bhp that brings their 0-60mph sprint times down to just 5.4 seconds. Volkswagen has also refined the optional Dynamic Chassis Control and designed the Vehicle Dynamics Manager for an even greater spread between comfort and dynamics. The new DCC system is only an option on the GTX models so that’s another reason why they may be the ones to go for rather than the standard Pro versions. Unless you fancy your car finished in the new Costa Azul blue metallic paint because for some reason that’s only available on Pro models. Faster charging is also possible thanks to a tweak to the battery’s thermal management system that makes sure it’s pre-conditioned while driving so it’s always ready for the next charge. All-wheel-drive GTX models now offer 175 kW DC charging (up from 135 kW) so at the maximum charging capacity, these versions can now take on enough energy for a further 110 miles in as little as 10 minutes.

There are a few more little upgrades awaiting you on the inside too.

Both of these all-electric SUVs now feature a new-generation infotainment system, complete with a larger 12.9-inch screen offering a more intuitive menu structure and controls including new illuminated sliders for adjusting the cabin temperature. The optional augmented-reality head-up display has also been enhanced, and Volkswagen has moved the driving mode selector to the steering column – another idea borrowed from the new ID.7 – to create extra space for the larger infotainment display.

Operation of the ID.4 and ID.5 has also been made easier with the new IDA voice assistant. This has been tweaked to respond even more precisely to natural voice commands so you can easily operate a lot of the features without removing your hands from the wheel. Additional new functions mean you can even go as far as checking the weather, the football results, or see how stock market fluctuations have affected your share portfolio whilst on the move.

To complete the internal upgrades, the previous Volkswagen Digital Sound Package with subwoofer has been replaced by a premium sound system from Harman Kardon, featuring 480 Watts of music output and 10 speakers. The new Harman Kardon sound system is optional on the rear-wheel-drive Pro trims and comes as standard on the GTX versions in the UK.

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