Volkswagen ID.4 GTX and ID.5 GTX electric car test

The future will be quite different than what motoring fans fear! Forget the dark visions of slowly creeping electric cars and their drivers mesmerizing a falling mileage indicator to get home at all. Already today, the reality is significantly more optimistic, modern electric cars can cover long distances without any problems – endless hundreds of kilometers on highways with only a short stop every three to four hundred kilometers for recharging so fast that you hardly have time to jump to the toilet, drink a coffee and eat a baguette .

The GTX can do this too, but what’s more interesting is what happens when you go off the highway to the back roads. Honestly, even the normal ID.4 is no boring slacker. Like any good electric car, the center of gravity is low and in the axis of rotation (thanks to the batteries in the floor), so it has extraordinary stability (for a family car), the nose, unencumbered by meters of steel in the form of an internal combustion engine, turns more willingly to the apex, the electric motors have a lightning-fast response to the throttle and they provide strong acceleration uninterrupted by shifting, so you’ll just whiz through the twisty district!

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The ID.4 GTX is not afraid of corners

The GTX version adds an extra portion of power to this – all four wheels turn two electric motors with a combined power of 299 hp and a powerful pull of 460 Nm from zero rpm. The tables say a hundred in a brisk 6.2 seconds, but when the springy acceleration shoots you from one wing to the next like a slingshot, you’d swear it’s even faster.

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The 299 horses are only available under certain conditions, but believe me, you always have enough power

How far will it go?

The GTX has the same 77kWh usable battery as the regular Pro version. However, its four-wheel drive combined with two electric motors and additional equipment (primarily large 20″ wheels) slightly reduce the range – specifically by 37 km to a still sufficient 480 kilometres. However, the GTX partially makes up for it with a higher charging power of 135 kW instead of the usual 125 kW.

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The range is quite sufficient and charging is very fast

For an extra charge, you can also have progressive steering (as the angle of the steering wheel turns, the transmission becomes steeper) and a sports chassis with the option of adaptive shock absorbers, which in sport mode will stick the car more to the asphalt and sharpen its reactions to changes in direction. In other words, you can throw yourself into corners even more boldly and cut them more sharply. Thanks to this, the ID.4 GTX is even more hungry for corners and you will really enjoy the nice road with it.

But you can also have steering with the chassis for the regular Pro version, and the 265-horsepower quad is not much slower compared to the GTX (the GTX produces its 299 horses only for a maximum of 30 seconds, and only if the air temperature is 23°C or more and the battery is charged to at least 88%). So why shell out more than 140k extra for a GTX?

Want more elegance?

You can also have the ID.4 SUV in the SUV-coupe body variant named ID.5. Their technology and the range of versions is practically the same (including the GTX version), they differ only in the design of the back. The ID.5 is rounder and decorated with an integrated spoiler. This also results in better aerodynamics, which is reflected in a few kilometers longer range.

So the ID.5 is a nicer version of the ID.4, but is it also less practical? The seats for the crew are the same in the ID.5 as in the ID.4, only on the rear seats you will suffer by 12 mm in headroom (thanks to the standard panoramic roof). The trunk is actually 6 liters larger (the ID.5 offers 549 l), but its usability when loaded up to the roof is of course lower. However, if you don’t transport the washing machine every day, it probably won’t bother you too much.

The answer is: Style and equipment! The exterior of the GTX is unique with contrasting black accessories (in addition, there are 20″ alloy wheels as standard), the interior has contrasting red accessories and a few GTX badges to go with it. In the equipment, you will also get matrix LED headlights and 3D LED taillights, ambient interior lighting and a few other little things. Is it worth the money for you…?

You’ll have to make up your own mind, but the fact is that the top-of-the-line GTX is a welcome member of the ID family (all models, including the ID.Buzz, will gradually get it) – it offers a nice combination of sport and style for those who want something extra and don’t mind paying for it pay extra. Don’t expect a sporty grind, the GTX is still a very refined car for that (everyday coexistence is no more problematic than with a regular ID.4), but it will definitely allow you to enjoy a twisty road when you find yourself on it. You won’t be bored with this car!

The price list of the ID.4 Pro model starts at CZK 1,344,900, the top GTX version starts at CZK 1,597,900, and in the case of the ID.5 GTX it is CZK 1,656,900.

Specifications ID.4 GTX ID.5 GTX
Engine 2x electric motor (asynchronous at the front, synchronous at the back with permanent magnets)
Performance front electric motor 80 kW (108 hp), rear 150 kW (204 hp), combined output 220 kW (299 hp)
Torque 460 Nm
Transmission permanent reduction gear
Drive all four wheels
Standby weight 2,149 kg 2,167 kg
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 6.2 s 6.3 s
Maximal speed 180 km/h
Arrival up to 510 km up to 518 km
Battery capacity 82 kWh (usable 77 kWh)
Charging DC 125 kW, AC 11 kW
Wheels and tires front 235/45 R21, rear 255/40 R21
Dimensions (length/width/height) 4,584/1,852/1,612 mm 4,599/1,852/1,615 mm
Wheelbase 2766 mm
Volume of the luggage compartment 543/1 575 l 549/1 561 l

The article is in Czech

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