A few months ago, we got a glimpse at the Volkswagen ID4 EV’s somewhat vanilla exterior. Well, it looks like the new electric car’s interior follows the same simple-is-better philosophy. In fact, we rather like the clean, uncluttered look, which reminds us of the Tesla Model 3’s pared-back cabin.
Like the most modern cars, the ID4 keeps the number of physical buttons at a minimum through a reliance on digital touchscreen displays. Both the instrument display—the ID4’s key difference from the Model 3 and Model Y, which lack a formal gauge cluster ahead of the driver—and the larger central touchscreen sit above the dashboard. The steering wheel, display housings, and control panels in the doors can be had in Piano Black or Electric White, depending on the buyer’s preference. Other noteworthy details? The brake pedal features a “pause” sign, and the accelerator features a “play” sign. Cheeky.
The Volkswagen ID4 will offer a fixed panoramic glass roof giving the cabin an airy feel. Also available is ambient interior lighting with 30 color choices, which is an easy way to spice up the plain interior. There’s another feature called ID Light, which is a light strip below the windscreen that signals whether the vehicle is locked or unlocked and notifies the driver of incoming calls. It also tells drivers if they need to brake to avoid a collision. Occupants sit up high in the ID4, and there are large door openings for easy access into the cabin. When the rear seats are up, the cargo bay measures 30.3 cubic feet, more than twice the amount of space offered in the Jetta sedan.
Volkswagen will fully unveil the ID4 on September 23. Hopefully by then, we’ll know all the U.S.-market specs. The first copies of the ID4 will hit dealerships in the U.S. by the end of the year, with the initial run of the small EV crossovers being imported from Europe initially. Eventually, copies for the U.S. will come from VW’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The ID4 will be sold across all 50 states through more than 600 VW dealers. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.