First drive: 2024 Volkswagen ID 4

The car’s dynamics are enhanced by changes to the steering, which now provides greater feedback and has better self-centring than before.

The optional Dynamic Chassis Control system that governs the adaptive dampers has been refined, gaining new software mapping and additional sensors, giving the ID 4 a smoother and more controlled ride over any given road surface.

The changes inside go some way to answering the popular criticism, particularly those to the controls. These are mainly found on the new 12.9in infotainment touchscreen, which has simpler menus and a more advanced conversational voice control system than the old 10.0in and optional 12.0in units.

However, while it is now more intuitive to operate and offers greater oddment storage within the centre console, the ID 4 is still short on perceived quality and solidity compared with some rivals.

We will have to wait until Volkswagen provides full details of performance, range and pricing before we can make a definitive call on the changes brought to the ID 4, but our time in this early car suggests its potential is now better fulfilled than at any time since its introduction to the German brand’s line-up, being more powerful and more engaging to drive, more comfortable and, with its improved user interface, generally easier to live with.

Volkswagen ID 4 Pro Performance

Rating: 4 Stars

Now notably more powerful, refined and efficient, but its interior could still be improved

Price £45,000 (est) Engine Permanent magnet synchronous motor Power 282bhp Torque 402lb ft Gearbox 1-spd reduction gear, RWD Kerb weight 2100kg (est) 0-62mph 6.8sec (est) Top speed 112mph Battery 77.0kWh Range, 330 miles Economy 3.9mpkWh (est) CO2, tax band 0g/km, 2% Rivals Hyundai Ioniq 5, Tesla Model Y

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