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VOLKSWAGEN: ID.4 EV gets 295bhp GTX range-topper Hero Front

VOLKSWAGEN: ID.4 EV gets 295bhp GTX range-topper

Volkswagen has revealed the range-topping GTX model for its ID.4 UK line-up. Packing 295 bhp, the GTX will be the quickest version of Volkswagen’s new electric SUV and ushers in the GTX performance badge, which will ride on future high-performance electric variants.

German buyers may order their ID.4 GTX now, but UK customers may have to wait until June to register their GTX requirements.

The GTX model is shod with large alloy wheels and wears sportier bumpers and a GTX badge under the VW roundel on the boot lid. As an all-electric car, there’s no need for the bigger air intakes or multiple exhaust pipes you’d associate with a conventional performance model, so the styling changes are quite subtle. You do also get matrix LED headlights, scrolling indicators and LED backlighting in the front air intakes, however.

Inside, there are sports seats, red stitching and an exclusive steering wheel which add a sense of sportiness and drama. Those seats are trimmed in a mix of animal-free leather and microfibre, which has been made from recycled plastic bottles. You also get stainless steel pedals, a choice of 30 colours for the ambient lighting and a 10-inch media screen.

A number of option packs are available, as featured on the trim levels on the Volkswagen ID.3 and ID.4. The number is almost bewildering but at least the options are grouped together sensibly, with the Design package adding styling tweaks and the Infotainment Plus option a larger touchscreen and an augmented-reality head-up display.

The Assist and Assist Plus packages add safety features and driver assistance tech, with the latter enabling the car to brake and accelerate for you on motorways.

The GTX doesn’t lose any of the practicality of less-expensive ID.4s lower down the pecking order. Behind the rear seats is a generous 543-litre boot, which increases to 1,575 litres if you fold the rear bench down. A 1,200kg towing capacity is excellent for an all-electric car, too.

The GTX retains the 201bhp electric motor fitted to the rear axle of the standard ID.4, but gains an extra motor on the front axle, which gives a power boost to 295bhp and delivers all-wheel drive.

Electric cars are generally quick off the mark, so on the face of it the ID.4 GTX’s 0-62mph time of 6.2 seconds doesn’t seem much to shout about. That’s the same as a petrol-powered Golf GTI, however, so the ID.4 GTX should be quick enough for buyers looking for some extra performance. As is becoming the norm for electric vehicles – largely to preserve the car’s available range – the top speed is limited to 112mph.

Most of the time only the rear motor will be used but stamp on the accelerator and the front motor will engage to improve grip and performance. A Sports package is available for extra cost, bringing lower suspension and a steering system that adapts depending on the prevailing speed driven. Adaptive dampers will also be fitted if you pick the Sports Plus option.

GTX models of the ID.4 keep the 77kWh battery from the Pro Performance variant but range has declined slightly. You can now expect up to 298 miles from a charge, rather than 323, due to the second motor. Fast-charging at up to 125kW is possible, meaning a 30-minute charge can add over 180 miles of range.

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By Wayne Gorrett

Wayne has been covering developments in the UK's automotive sector for over 10 years, providing news, reviews, first-drive impressions and opinion pieces for a number of print and web outlets in the UK and South Africa. A former marketing director, Wayne is based in a rural village near Winchester, Hampshire. You can follow him on Twitter: @WaynesWorldAuto Facebook: WaynesWorldAuto Instagram: WaynesWorldAuto