The all-new 2024 Volkswagen Atlas is here!

The brand new 2024 Volkswagen Atlas is arriving at dealerships near you. Since its debut, the 3-row Atlas earned accolades across the board, winning Family Car of the Year via Cars.com twice, Ward’s Best User Experience, Best 3-Row SUV, Parents Best Family Car - the list goes on. And now, Volkswagen’s award-winning SUV is even better. The 7-passenger Volkswagen Atlas has been completely refreshed for 2024.

According to Volkswagen, “The Atlas will offer six trim levels for the 2024 model year—SE, SE w/ Technology, Peak Edition SE w/ Technology, SEL, Peak Edition SEL, and SEL Premium R-Line. The refreshed Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport feature an elegant new interior and a refined turbocharged engine that improves both performance and driving experience.”

The interior of the new Atlas will remain spacious, with ample legroom even in the often-overlooked 3rd row. Premium materials have been used for all the trim, creating a more upscale cabin. Ambient lighting features are now available in 30 color choices, with an innovative backlit dash. The infotainment system features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a wireless smartphone charging pad is now standard on every trim. Also standard are heated and ventilated front seats. Higher end trim levels feature quilted leather and 2nd row seats can be heated as well. A remote power rear liftgate is also available opening up to an industry leading 96.8 cubic feet of cargo area.

The exterior of the new Atlas has been updated as well with state-of-the art LED headlights with a light strip framing the top of the grille and an illuminated VW badge. The grille is wider with a new front fascia. There are new wheel designs across the entire lineup as well.

The all-new Atlas offers several remote and connected features. Keyless access and wireless charging are standard while remote engine start is available. VW Car-Net Safe & Secure is a free app that grants access to additional functions like service reminders, roadside assistance requests, vehicle alerts and last parked locations. “The innovative VW Digital Cockpit Pro, is loaded with state-of-the-art features, displays driving information in high resolution, and offers customizable features for an easy, intuitive user experience,” Volkswagen explains on their model page. SiriusXM satellite radio comes standard with a three-month Platinum Plan trial subscription. A head-up display is another newly available feature for the 2024 Atlas. It projects important information (speed limit, vehicle speed and driver assistance options; it can be customized) and warnings onto the windshield directly in the sight-line of the driver. Exciting new technology not only makes driving easier and more comfortable - but also safer.

Speaking of safety, Volkswagen’s IQ.DRIVE is a suite of driver assistance features available on most new Volkswagen models. The Atlas comes with features like Travel Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, Front Assist, Emergency Assist and Lane Assist. Additionally, driver assistance can help reduce stress on the road with features like Area View, Park Distance Control, Park Assist, Light Assist, Dynamic Road Sign Display and an Exit Warning System.

Plus, if that wasn’t enough to get you excited about the new Atlas, let us remind you that Carefree Coverage also comes standard. That’s two years of complimentary maintenance and three years of roadside assistance.

Visit a nearby Volkswagen dealership to see the all-new 2024 Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport for yourself or call to schedule a priority test drive.


The Electrify Expo is Coming to Miami

The Electrify Expo is coming to Miami October 14th & 15th at the Miami Dade Fairgrounds! The industry’s best and favorite electric cars and trucks will be in Miami and ready for inspections, reviews and test drives. From high performance demos to slow, comfortable cruises down the road, it’s the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with your favorite electric models.

Electrify Expo is North America's largest electric vehicle festival with over 1 million square feet of the world's top electric brands! It’s a weekend festival that brings together the world’s top EV manufacturers and features vehicles from cars and motorcycles to scooters and skateboards - even watercraft. In 2023, Electrify Expo is making seven stops through the United States: Long Beach, San Francisco, Washington DC, New York, Seattle, Miami and Austin. At every stop, visitors can enjoy food, music, a kids zone and opportunities to learn more about electric vehicles.

October 14th and 15th, fans and enthusiasts can enjoy Electrify Expo at the Miami Dade Fairgrounds at 10901 Coral Way, Miami. Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm visit interactive displays, talk with EV experts and maybe even take a test drive. General admission tickets cost $20 each day and $10 for parking. Children 5 and under are free. It’s an outdoor event, rain or shine.

In order to participate in demos and activities guests will have to sign a liability waiver. Demos vary by exhibitor. Some test drives can be scheduled in advance while others are first-come, first-served. Some exhibitors will require a valid driver’s license; safety gear, if necessary, will be provided.

Electrify Thrill Zone is a performance featuring a professional race driver drifting and sliding through a high-speed demo course. There’s also a high-speed E-Bike Course designed for e-bikes capable of speeds over 25MPH. Visitors are invited to gear up and participate on a closed course. E-Skateboards and Hoverboards, E-Scooters and E-Motorcycles are available for demo courses, too. And, of course, most of your favorite brands of electric vehicles will be available to test drive as well.

Additionally, Volkswagen will be featuring its ID.4 SUV and will be previewing the all-new, all-electric ID.Buzz! “Old-school cool meets new-school fuel.” Three rows with six- and seven- seat configurations are available. Come check out the iconic two-tone painted bus and its roomy, modern interior. Don’t miss your chance to be among the first to see the ID.Buzz in person this October in Miami.

Tickets for the Electrify Expo are on sale now; Early Bird Pricing with 50% off is available through August 30th. It’s been called “the opportunity of a lifetime” and “a lot of fun” by visitors; get your tickets now. Or shop Volkswagen right now at one of your local dealerships.


The Miami International Auto Show

The Miami International Auto Show is back, September 1st - 10th at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Ten days of automotive entertainment with over 20 of the world’s top automakers, more than 50 vendors and tons of test drive opportunities.

The Miami International Auto Show has been a South Florida favorite since 1971. Check out the latest models, take a test drive on a “thrill-ride” track, shop accessories, get a front row seat to dozens of exotics and enjoy exhibits like Memory Lane. Electric vehicles and new technologies will be featured. Whether you’re a fan of sleek sports cars, powerful supercars, technologically advanced EVs or luxurious exotics, the show has something for everyone.

Debra Koebel, President of the South Florida Automobile Dealers Association, says, “Our show provides an excellent opportunity for consumers to view the latest models and newest technologies within the auto industry. The focus for the show in 2023 will mirror that of the industry with a special emphasis on electric vehicles and sustainability.”

Take advantage of the plethora of photo ops and Instagram-worthy scenes, drive on the indoor track, or sit in a simulator. Explore the interiors of vehicles you haven’t yet seen in person, including the all-new 2024 Volkswagen Atlas. The refreshed 7-seater has a new 12-inch infotainment screen, heated/ventilated seats and extra soft-touch surfaces that were not available on the previous generation. Volkswagen will have a total of 12 vehicles at the show. Come see new Tiguan and Jetta models and the 40th Anniversary Edition GTI 2.0T! If you haven’t had the chance to experience the all-electric ID.4 Pro, you may be able to get in and take a test drive on the EV track. Or, if you’re interested in taking one home, you can visit one of our 11 Volkswagen dealerships right here in South Florida - from Miami-Dade up to Palm Beach County.

Come to the Miami Auto Show September 1st through the 10th at the Miami Beach Convention Center: 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. The Miami Beach Convention Center has recently undergone a $620,000,000 state-of-the-art renovation and boasts 1.4 million total square feet of space. Admission to the Miami International Auto Show is $15 for adults (12 & up), $6 for children (6-11) and free for children 5 and under. Tickets are available online or via QR code at the venue. Discounts are available for first responders, senior citizens, Miami Beach residents and for group sales. Visit the web site to buy tickets or for more information: miamiautoshows.com

Volkswagen ID.7 Camo

World Premiere of the ID.7

At the January 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Volkswagen debuted the all-new ID.7 sedan. This is its first fully electric sedan based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB). You might have seen pictures online already, with it’s bright orange digital “smart camouflage”.

“With the new ID.7, we are extending our electric model range into the upper segments. The sedan will offer top-class technology and quality. The ID.7 is one of 10 new electric models that we are planning to launch by 2026. Our goal? To deliver suitable products for our customers in every single segment,” said Thomas Schäfer, CEO of Volkswagen Passenger Cars.

Volkswagen took into account customer feedback to improve the user experience in this all-new model. Standard equipment in the ID.7 include an augmented reality head-up display, huge 15” screen, illuminated touch sliders and digitally controlled air vents. Speaking of the updated A/C, it’s pretty smart. It can detect when the driver is approaching the vehicle and automatically heat or cool the interior even before they unlock their door. The air vents are smart, too. They control the air flow dynamically to ensure the highest level of comfort. It can even be activated by voice commands like, “Hello Volkswagen, my hands are cold.” It will know to turn on the steering wheel heating function and direct warm air toward the driver’s hands.

As far as range, Volkswagen estimates that the ID.7 will be able to travel 700km (that’s approximately 435 miles) on a single charge for European versions on the WLTP cycle. This makes the VW ID.7 among the longest range EV vehicles with the Mercedes-Benz EQS coming in at 350 miles, the Tesla Model 3 coming in at 358 miles and the Model S at 405 miles. At the time of this writing, most all-electric U.S. models have a range in the mid-200 to the low 300-mile range. There’s no telling what the real-world range for the ID.7 will be in the U.S. with our more rigorous test cycle.

The ID.7 will likely inherit the same warranty as the Volkswagen ID.4. That is 8 years/100,000 miles of electric component coverage and 4 years/50,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper limited warranty coverage. It will also likely have complimentary maintenance for 2 years / 20,000 miles.

According to Volkswagen, “Since the first ID.3 models were handed over to customers in September 2020, Volkswagen has delivered more than 500,000 MEB vehicles worldwide through its subsidiaries—around a year earlier than planned and despite the ongoing difficulties in the supply chain.” Volkswagen plans to launch the ID.7 in China, Europe and North America. It is estimated that the ID.7 will most likely be available for sale in 2024 with estimated pricing between $40,000-$50,000.

If you’re desperate for an all-electric model, but can’t wait until 2024, consider the ID.4 SUV. Check it out here or visit a local dealership for more information or to take a test drive.


Family Friendly Halloween Activities in South Florida

VW South Florida is back with fun, family-friendly, Halloween events near you.

Billed as South Florida’s #1 Halloween Event & Fall Festival, The Haunt is a themed walk-through at Tree Tops Park in Davie. Beginning October 8th, it will be open Friday and Saturday nights throughout the month of October. There will be multiple themed trails throughout 500,000 square feet of the park. Each trail is different and takes about 15-20 minutes to walk through. The walks just after dusk are fit for families (even kids under 13), while the later times are scarier. There’s also food (by way of food trucks), beer, wine and live entertainment. The Fall Festival portion will be open Oct. 22nd and 29th at 3pm with additional vendors, games, photo ops and activities suitable for entire families. Learn more at FloridaHaunt.com.

Boo Bash at the Pompano Community Park is FREE fun for the whole family. It features a haunted maze, costume contest, carnival rides, a photo booth, characters for photo ops, games, a fortune teller and trick-or-treat opportunities. No tickets required; just be there on October 28th from 5pm-10pm.

In West Palm Beach, families can enjoy Spookyville in Yesteryear Village. This is touted as “an old-fashioned Halloween for families and children 10 and under, offers a full array of safe trick or treats, kiddie train, costume contests, games, and more!” Spookyville takes place October 21-23 & October 29-31 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. It’s a safe place for young children to trick-or-treat and enjoy a family-friendly Halloween.

At Animal Edventure in Boynton Beach, it’s their 3rd annual Spooky Safari and Pumpkin Patch September 17-October 31. There’s an hour and a half walking tour / safari and a huge covered pumpkin patch. There will be a petting zoo and a chance to feed some of their amazing animals including: sloths, kangaroos, lemurs, skunks and more! Enjoy food, drinks, a hay maze and photo ops with animals.

An “immersive Autumn pop-up” in Miami is Hay Maze Miami. Navigate a 6000 sq. ft. hay maze in Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami. Perfect family fun with spooky surprises sprinkled with Instagram-worthy photo ops. A beer garden tempts the adults while a leaf pit at the center of the maze is a fun experience for the kids. A variety of treat stations will be available including cupcakes, snow cones and pumpkin-themed snacks. Visit Hay Maze Miami for more information and to buy tickets.

The Miami Children’s Museum is featuring its 12th Annual Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash on Sunday, October 16th. It’s an opportunity to trick-or-treat through 17 galleries at Miami’s Children’s Museum. There will be Halloween-themed arts and crafts, lunch, a haunted house and character meet & greets. Buy tickets here.

Want to get your four-legged friends involved this Halloween? Consider Howl-o-ween at Pinecrest Gardens. Saturday, October 29th, this event features a costume contest for puppies and their humans, plus a Doggie Fun Zone agility course, a Kids’ Zone as well as food, drinks and live entertainment. The Pinecrest Gardens website has more information.

Additional local events include:
Spooky Wonderland in Tropical Park
Flippers Fall Festival at Miami Seaquarium
Horrorland Scream Park at Jungle Island
Haunted Hammock at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Wicked Manors in Wilton Manors

And remember, you don’t have to be scared to get yourself a new Volkswagen! Trade up before Halloween for a spooktacular deal! Visit a VW South Florida dealership today!

Back to School

Back to School Tips from VW South Florida

It’s back-to-school time in South Florida. The first day of school for Miami-Dade County Public Schools is Wednesday, August 17th. In Broward, it’s Tuesday, August 16th and in Palm Beach County, it’s Wednesday, August 10th. School supply shopping is in full swing. Parents and kids are preparing for the return to the school year routine. Volkswagen South Florida put together some tips for parents to navigate the coming school year, from preparing for an open house to where to buy school supplies!

Ask questions at your child’s open house! When meeting with your child’s teacher, it’s a good idea to find out how your child will be assessed throughout the school year and if there are programs in place to respond to your child's specific needs. Are there standardized tests, in-class projects and discussion? How much homework will there be and how is homework scored? Is it simply a complete grade or will points be deducted for incorrect answers? What about bad handwriting? Or poor spelling? What are grades primarily based on? When it comes to the school’s culture, is there an anti-bullying policy? What is it? Are the arts part of the regular curriculum (art, music, dance, drama)? Is there a program for gifted students or special needs children? Is there support for children who require it? These are just some of the questions to help get conversations started with the faculty during an open house.

Start routines early. Instead of waiting until the day before school starts, consider getting into a normal “school” routine at least a week or so before the big day, especially the sleep routine. Get your child to start their nighttime routine earlier; read a book, get teeth brushed and get to bed earlier to prepare for those early mornings that are coming soon. You can even start creating a dedicated homework time - before or after dinner where you set up a quiet project to work on or simply read a book or color for a little while. Make sure the homework ‘environment’ is ready - clean, organized and quiet.

Preparation is key. Whether is preparing lunches in advance or scheduling after school activities, now is the time! Set up after care, hire a tutor now (if necessary), set up transportation and arrange play dates. It’s a good idea to do all your shopping (food, school, clothes) and set up your calendar early. Once school starts, you don’t want to stress or struggle with organizing your (or your child’s) time.

What about supplies? Most schools provide supply lists per grade (and sometimes even per classroom). Don’t wait ‘til the last minute to buy school supplies and try to take advantage of tax-free time in South Florida. This year, the Tax Holiday runs from July 25, 2022 through August 7, 2022. Some schools provide pre-packaged school supplies through their PTO or school store, but shopping with your child might be a better choice. This gives your child time to adjust to the idea of returning to school and picking out their own supplies gives them some control. Additionally, splurging on a cool notebook or specialty pen makes the idea of returning to school seem a little more fun and exciting.

Finally, you should realize that your attitude is contagious. If you’re stressed about back-to-school, your child will be too. But if you’re organized and excited, that’s infectious too. Try not to be cranky when you have to wake up early - and make sure to send them off with a smile! Remember to keep your communication lines open - to your child, their teachers and your neighbors. It’s a simple way to stay involved and informed. No matter how that first week goes, keep an open mind. Maybe it’ll be perfect and smooth - but more likely, you’ll probably have to solve some problems or alleviate some anxiety. Keep an open mind, strategize creatively and accept that not everything goes to plan. That’s okay, too. It’s all part of the experience and you, and your child, will be fine.

And if you’re looking for the perfect vehicle for the carpool lane, consider a Volkswagen. Our vehicles are comfortable, roomy and safe - and filled with advanced technology to make your trips easy and enjoyable. New 2022 Volkswagen models are in stock now - find a location near you.


The Countdown to Buzz

The countdown to the new all-electric Volkswagen ID.BUZZ has begun. Inspired by the iconic Microbus, the ID.BUZZ has been in development for about five years. Early concept images received positive feedback and consumers have been excited about its imminent debut. As of the time of this writing, the world premier of the new ID.BUZZ is scheduled for Wednesday, March 9th. In addition to the unveiling of the 5-seater Buzz, Volkswagen will also premier the Buzz Cargo Van. Final testing is being run throughout Europe.

It appears that the new "2024" model is very similar to the original 2017 styling of the Buzz, drawing on the aesthetic of the legendary T1 Microbus. Like the original, the new Buzz is also rear-wheel drive. Unlike the original, the ID.BUZZ is electric “from the ground up,” according to Volkswagen. The battery supplies a 201 horsepower electric motor with a top speed of approximately 90 miles per hour and boasts a surprisingly tight turning radius. It’s being estimated that it will have a range of over 250 miles. The 5-seater offers good space utilization with plenty of room for passengers and nearly 40 cubic feet of cargo space. On top, there are two glass panels in the roof for a large panoramic view of the sky.

New technology has created the option for bi-directional charging, allowing the Buzz to store excess power and feed it back into other electric devices. Additionally, the Buzz is designed for over-the-air software updates, including the infotainment system, charging system and driver assist functions. There are also claims that this generation of the Bus could be fully autonomous by 2025. Additionally, there’s speculation that both a dual motor ‘long-range’ version with up to 295 horsepower and ‘7-seater’ version will be released. A ‘California Camper’ version has also been discussed, that should excite those of us who have been waiting for the retro comeback.

The ID.BUZZ isn’t expected to hit the U.S. until 2023 as a 2024 model and it might even have a different name by then. Depending on production numbers and availability, the new bus might be set up on a reservation system similar to the ID.4. Experts are guessing that the MSRP will start around $40,000 - $45,000.

Is the new ID.BUZZ something you’d be interested in driving?


2022 Tiguan - Editors' Choice

The new 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan is arriving at dealerships near you right now! It’s Volkswagen’s best selling vehicle, known for its trendy technology features and optional 3rd row with room for seven passengers. That’s a feature its rivals can’t measure up to. This year, the Tiguan has been awarded Car and Driver’s Editors’ Choice Award calling it, “Handsomely styled, well-equipped, and practical.” The MSRP starts at $26,295.

New features of the 2022 model include new LED headlamps, an updated grille and bumpers and new wheel designs for a more modern appearance that aligns with its bigger siblings, the Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport. A couple of new colors are now offered, too: Oryx White and Kings Red. The Tiguan nameplate now lives centered on the liftgate giving it a more premium appearance. The steering wheel has also been restyled and now has available touch-sensitive controls. Additionally, heated seats and an Audi-inspired digital cockpit are included as standard equipment. Driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and Travel Assist are also now included on all trim levels except the base model (S). A gorgeous panoramic sunroof is available on the SE as an upgrade.

The freshened 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan offers a compelling blend of style, roominess, comfort, and utility. Plus, it is one of the only compacts you can get with a third-row seat. - JD Power

The engine remains the same - a turbocharged 4 cyl. with 184 horsepower, with an EPA estimated 23 mpg city / 30 mpg hwy. There’s still plenty of cargo space and optional equipment upgrades available. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on all models along with push button start. Car-Net® is also standard on all VW models and includes remote accessibility and a Wi-Fi hotspot. As additional value, two years of scheduled maintenance are also included.

Cars.com says, “The Tiguan feels more spacious and drives better than most other new compact SUVs.” And Craig Cole, a reviewer for Road/Show by CNET, reports fondly on the Tiguan, “Thanks to its spacious and richly appointed interior, over-the-road refinement and generous features, the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan is one of my favorite compact SUVs.”

New 2022 Tiguan models are arriving regularly at your local Volkswagen South Florida dealerships. Visit a dealership near you to take a test drive or drive one home with $0 down (with approved credit). Or ask about special offers on any remaining new 2021 Volkswagen models.


Recognize Those Streets?

The new 2022 Volkswagen models are on their ways to dealerships near you. But did you ever wonder how the video footage of those new cars makes its way to the commercials on your TV? VW South Florida was on streets near you in mid-November filming all over South Florida, from Miami to West Palm Beach!

It takes a lot more time, people and effort than you might think to get those beautiful VW models from the roads to your video screens. If you live or work near any of our location shoots, you might have noticed some road closures or a little extra traffic. We’re sorry; we tried to be quick! Did you know, getting footage of our vehicles driving around town requires permits, road closures and a pretty large police presence? Scouts explored locations for weeks before deciding on final spots and pulling permits. Certain city ordinances only allow filming during certain times of the day. Scheduling everything and everyone was like putting together a jigsaw puzzle.

This year, there are so many new Volkswagen products for 2022, it took us two full days of shooting to get everything. Each day started at 5am, with a crew of more than 40 people involved, from car detailers to directors. That doesn’t even include help from the local police departments. We even hired professional drivers. There was a trailer for the crew, tents set up with snacks and plenty of coffee to go around. We also performed a well choreographed rain dance - or, more like a ‘no-rain’ dance. But this is South Florida - it didn’t help.

Brand new 2022 Volkswagen vehicles arrived on a huge trailer truck and were meticulously cleaned. Video was shot with a Russian Arm. Never heard of it? A Russian Arm is a “remotely operated gyro stabilized camera crane system” mounted to the top of a specially designed “chase car” loaded with monitors and batteries and top-of-the-line shock absorbers. If you were lucky enough to witness the Russian Arm in action, you might have been impressed by the matte black high-end SUV with an enormous swinging camera mounted to its roof. You might have also noticed a big black van following closely behind. That’s, unsurprisingly, called a “follow van”. MJS Advertising and Volkswagen teams followed the camera in this tech-outfitted van, enabling us all to watch a live feed of what was being shot and make adjustments as needed.

So keep your eyes peeled for new local footage (and ears opened for that familiar whistle) to see if you recognize your neighborhood. You might notice Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach, A1A on Fort Lauderdale beach, the Port of Miami or MacArthur Causeway. But, more importantly, you should notice the new 2022 Volkswagen line-up, including the new Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport, Tiguan, Taos, Jetta and all-electric ID.4. Admittedly, even our beautiful footage doesn’t do these vehicles justice and we didn’t have time to show off the beautiful, roomy, technology-filled, user-friendly interiors. If you want to check them out in person, make sure you visit a dealership near you to take a test drive! You can even reserve an all-electric ID.4.


Volkswagen EV ID.4 Racks up Awards

You’ve probably already heard some of the great things about the all-new all-electric Volkswagen ID.4 SUV. But just in case you haven’t, we thought we’d go ahead and share. We’re extremely proud of our ID.4 EV; it has earned the 2021 World Car of the Year. The ID.4 was also named a 2021 TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and joins Wards 10 Best UX list. Recently, the ID.4 was named to Popular Mechanics' Automotive Excellence Awards. It gets an EPA estimated range of 249 miles (ID.4 AWD Pro) and can charge about 62 miles in 10 minutes at a public DC fast charger. With an MSRP starting under $40,000, it’s an incredible value for a mid-size, well-equipped SUV. It also comes with Carefree Coverage (2 years of scheduled maintenance), app-connect (including Apple CarPlay & Android Auto), wireless charging, a 12” touchscreen, intuitive start and 5 years of Car-Net Remote Access.

The World Car of the Year accolade is a prestigious honor. The ID.4 earned the top spot among two dozen vehicles voted on by 93 international journalists from 28 countries. These jurors road tested and reviewed all nominees and voted on five different categories including: World Car of the Year, World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Urban Car and World Car Design of the Year. This is the fifth WCOTY win for Volkswagen.

Top Safety Pick awards identify the best vehicle choice for safety within specific categories. In 2021, the ID.4 earned Top Safety Pick+. The criteria for this award includes, “GOOD ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, original side, roof strength and head restraint tests, advanced or superior rating for available front crash prevention and acceptable or good headlights STANDARD.” The ID.4 was among 8 mid-size SUVs to earn this accolade.

UX is tech-terminology for “User Experience”. The Volkswagen ID.4 is Volkswagen’s first all-electric SUV recognized for exceptional user experience by WardsAuto, naming it a 10-Best for UX. This award goes to vehicles with easy-to-use and highly functional technology. The user experience is how a consumer interacts with the vehicle, including voice controls, touchscreens, connectivity, driver-assistance technologies, infotainment and intuitive controls. The experience begins from the moment you step into a vehicle.

Tom Murphy, WardsAuto Managing Editor said, “The user experience of Volkswagen’s ID.4 battery-electric vehicle perfectly creates a sense of serenity within the cabin rooted in a design aesthetic that can only be perceived as boldly futuristic.” He continues, “The ID.4 represents a monumental leap into a world where physical buttons are unnecessary, where high-definition touchscreens are loaded with information and easy to use. Slide behind the steering wheel for the first time, and a driver is likely to exhale, relax the shoulders and smile at the sheer simplicity of it all.”

Volkswagen is proud of the ID.4’s futuristic take on functionality - with very few buttons. Most of the features are controlled by touch or voice; the car can understand and respond to spoken instructions. The ID. Light system is intuitive using light pulses that signal different statuses and inform the driver about incoming phone calls or even the need to step on the brakes. Wireless charging and app-connect are standard features. The full equipment package on the ID.4 comes with a comprehensive suite of driver-assistance technology including front radar, front camera, two rear radars and eight ultrasound sensors. These radars and sensors enable Travel Assist (semi-automated driving); Front Assist (Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring); Active Side Assist (Blind Spot Monitor); Rear Traffic Alert; Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop and Go; Lane Assist (Lane Keeping System); and Emergency Assist (semi-automated vehicle assistance in a medical emergency). In addition to IQ.DRIVE, the ID.4 also includes Dynamic Road Sign Display; Park Distance Control; and Light Assist (high beam control for headlights).

Additionally, the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 EV landed among Popular Mechanics 2021 Automotive Excellence Awards. Their editors and testers spent dozens of hours and thousands of miles narrowing the field to 13 vehicles that earned high praise. They complement the ID.4’s uncluttered dash, ease of driving, fast charging and ample space.

The ID.4 has a dual-motor with a max of 295hp and the AWD Pro achieves 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds. “We’re committed to making EVs the default choice for Americans,” said Scott Keogh, President and Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen of America. “The all-wheel-drive ID.4 merges the utility and zero-emissions driving delivered by the rear-wheel-drive vehicle with the performance from our sporty vehicles.” All ID.4 models are eligible for a potential Federal tax credit of up to $7,500, and include three years of unlimited public DC fast charging on the Electrify America network at no additional cost.

With Americans ready to embrace EVs as daily drivers, the ID.4 should top the list. If you’re ready to make the change, reserve yours today at a location near you.

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