Chattanooga-made VW ID.4 named MotorWeek best EV

Staff photo by Olivia Ross / Workers inside of the Volkswagen Chattanooga assembly plant check out an ID.4 electric SUV in 2023. The sport utility vehicle won the 2024 MotorWeek Drivers' Choice award for best electric vehicle
Staff photo by Olivia Ross / Workers inside of the Volkswagen Chattanooga assembly plant check out an ID.4 electric SUV in 2023. The sport utility vehicle won the 2024 MotorWeek Drivers' Choice award for best electric vehicle

Volkswagen's Chattanooga-made ID.4 sport utility vehicle was named the 2024 MotorWeek Drivers' Choice award winner for best electric vehicle.

The ID.4 picked up its second Driver's Choice recognition after the model was cited in the 2022 awards, according to Volkswagen of America.

"When it arrived for 2021, the Volkswagen ID.4 SUV was just the start of all things EV for VW. But, even with a host of full-electrics coming, they still found time this year to make their groundbreaking ID.4 even better," said John Davis, creator and host of MotorWeek, in a news release.

(READ MORE: Volkswagen Chattanooga rolls out ID.4)

Davis said the 2023 ID.4 has more standard technology and better materials in a revised interior.

"And, to add icing on the cake, VW also lowered the price of entry," he said. "When you hear folks bemoaning the lack of affordable, state-of-the-art electric vehicles, do them a favor and point to the Volkswagen ID.4, a MotorWeek Best EV of the Year."

Petar Danilovic, senior vice president of product marketing and strategy for Volkswagen of America, said MotorWeek's award is "a great win for ID.4 and a strong recognition of our vision for an electric future."

"Last year, the ID.4 was the fifth best-selling EV in the United States," he said in a statement. "We see this momentum for the ID.4 as a solid base as Volkswagen gets ready to introduce two new EVs in the U.S. later this year."

(READ MORE: Volkswagen of America EV sales up)

MotorWeek's editorial staff evaluated more than 150 cars, trucks and SUVs. Winners are chosen on driving performance, technology, practicality, fuel efficiency and value for the dollar, the release said.

The 2023 ID.4 is offered with two battery sizes and power trains, with a starting manufacturer's suggested retail price of $38,995 for the ID.4 Standard model that has a 62 kilowatt-hour battery and an EPA-estimated range of 209 miles. The ID.4 Pro has an 82 kilowatt-hour battery for an EPA-estimated range of 275 miles.

The 2023 and upcoming 2024 ID.4 models are eligible for the full potential federal tax credit of up to $7,500 when equipped with SK On battery components, according to VW. Based on fueleconomy.gov, Volkswagen is the only foreign automaker that has a battery electric vehicle eligible for the full credit due to local assembly and sourcing, the car company said.

VW employs about 5,500 people at its Chattanooga factory that also builds the Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport SUVs.

An episode of MotorWeek featuring the 2024 Drivers' Choice award winners is scheduled to air Saturday on PBS and Feb. 18 on MAVTV.

— Compiled by Mike Pare

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