It actually looks like a lot of fun to drive.
Volkswagen has been working hard on its new range of electric vehicles, and it's first ID-branded vehicle available for the American market, the ID.4, looks like a great SUV that can take on some of the best. It's also pretty affordable, which is part of the reason that the First Edition sold out so quickly. But what you may not expect from this all-electric SUV is that it's pretty handy on a track too. Volkswagen racing driver and 'R' ambassador Tanner Foust took it to Willow Springs for a workout, and unlike some promotional videos, this one is pretty exciting to watch.
As you can see, Foust quite enjoys throwing a Volkswagen sideways, and the ID.4 is remarkably happy to oblige. Although it is an SUV, the ID.4 has a very low center of gravity thanks to floor-mounted battery packs. But that's not where the RWD SUV's handling advantages end. It also boasts 50:50 weight distribution, McPherson front struts, five-link rear suspension, and for the first time in a Volkswagen, the steering system is located in front of the center of the wheel, which "guarantees high stability during fast cornering." Light alloy wheels help too, and with a relatively low rolling resistance, the tires are fairly easy to unstick.
If this seems like a potential safety issue, don't worry. Volkswagen has also added a Vehicle Dynamics Manager system to the ID.4. This "uses a digital target model to achieve optimum driving and steering behavior in every situation." Coupled with the electronic stability control, the ID.4 uses speed-based telemetry to determine exactly how much power to send to the driven wheels. Add in progressive steering, dynamic chassis control, and variable drive modes, and the ID.4 looks like anything but "just another electric SUV" and should be plenty of fun to drive. All we're waiting for is our own invitation to Willow Springs so that we can attempt to mimic Foust's driving.