this car is very unlikely to remain the china market- an only model for very long. so, we thought we’d give you guys a first glimpse. here we go. pricing for the id6 starts at 37,500 USD for the pure trim level, rising to over 52,000 usd for the top spec prime version featured in this video. for comparison, the smaller id4 starts at 31,000 usd and tops out around 43,000 usd here in the chinese market. one area where we know the id.6 and the id.4 will not differ over much is in terms of the exterior styling. here on the frontend, we can see some minor differences in terms of the headlight design with larger oneshere, as well as some more pronounced grill openings lowerdown. i should mention that there are two actual versions of the id.6 available here in the chinese market. the id.6 x, which is produced by the saic-volkswagen joint venture company, that’s the one we’re driving today, and then the id.6 crozz, which is made by faw-volkswagen, another joint venture partner here with volkswagen in the chinese market. crozz, by the way is spelled with two zs, because apparently the marketing department at faw-volkswagen is made up of teenagers from the nineties. eitherway, what you need to know is that the only difference between the two versions is some small changes to the exterior styling. other than that, they have the exact same batteries and electric motors and chassis underneath. the id.6 is a full 30cm or 11.8 inches longer than the id.4, giving it room for a third row. buyers can choose between six and seven seat versions of the car. personally, i think the id.6 wears that extra length quite well in terms of design. this particular car we’re driving today is a prime top-of-the-line version, and it comes in this nice i don’t know gold, almost pewter color. it’s understated, and it’s actually quitenice. but personally, I prefer to see it in some bolder colors, like the purple that it was launched in. which is also accompanied by an offset of the white roof in that car, and then I think the darker color also helps the white badges on the back to really pop. Down below we have some nice 21-inch wheels. here on the rear end, the styling, much like the front, is very similar to that of the id.4. the big difference is being a larger blacked-out area here below the badge and rear lights, as well as an absence of kind of the almost faux exhaust outlets that we see on the id.4 as well.
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You also, of course, have the white badges here that are becoming someone of a signature of the id line. of course, the reason you’re buying the id.6 is that you want to carry more stuff and more people than you could in an id.4. so, let’s talk about that. this is a three-row, six-passenger vehicle. here behind the third row you have 202 liters of space. if you lift up this board down here, you get a little extra space down below. if you fold down the rear seats as well as the front seats, you can get up to 1820 liters of space. unsurprisingly, the interior of the id.6 is essentially identical to that of the id.4. I enjoyed the simple overall design complemented by cool touches, like the patterns on the dashboard, the id logo on the central armrest and the pedals with“pause and“play”symbols. the design and placement of the transmission knob took some getting used to, but now i think it’s a great piece of design. another fun touch was the way the cabin lights would react to your gear changes, giving you another indicator of your gear selection. of course, it’s not all rainbows and lollipops since the id.6 also inherits the id.4’s quirks. the touch capacities buttons were somewhat annoying, often requiring us to take our eyes off the road to make sure we were hitting the right one, and that’s before we start talking about what they’ve done to the windows. someone decided it will be a good idea to delete the driver’s rear window switches. lowering the rear windows from the driver’s seat now requireslong- pressing a touch sensitive button labeled“rear”. it makes for an ever so slightly less cluttered cabin, and probably saves VW a tiny amount of money but at the cost of usability The center screen in the ID.6 is quite respectable in terms of size however, i’m not in love with the ui. i have driven this car quite a bit at this point, and i have to say that i often find myself having trouble finding commonly used features in the menu. one thing i do like about it, however, is this blue square here on the left that acts as your home button. it’s well placed, and the fact that it’s always there means you can very easily go straight back to your home or back to a previous page very easily, very useful. rear seat passengers in the id.6 enjoy a very respectable amount of both head and legroom, as well as two charging ports. this high-spec car also came with heated seats. the 3rd row, however, is quite small, with very little legroom, no air conditioning outlets, and no charging ports. better to leave that for small kidsonly. in the ultra-competitive chinese ev market, i have to say that the interior material qualities of the vw id.6 don’t quite match up to some of its competitors, including some of its chinese competitors. don’t get me wrong, the fit and finish is quite nice in this vehicle, better than many chinese cars, but the material qualities itself, well, there’s more hard plastics and less soft touch than i would expect at this price point. the powertrain and battery specs for the id.6 are the exact same as the ones available on the chinese market id.4. that means there are three motor options and two battery options. entry-level models come with a single rear-mounted electric motor making 132 kw and 310 nm of torque, that’s 180 hp and 230 lb-ft. from there, you can step up to a more powerful single motor that makes 150 kW or 204 hp, but with the same torque figure. finally, the range-topping prime model comes with a front and rear-mounted motor for a total of 230 kW and 472 nm of torque, aka 313 hp and 350 lb-ft. as for battery packs, the entry-level model is only available with the 63.2 kWh pack and an end range of 436 km. meanwhile, the more powerful single motor model and the dual motor prime model both come with an 83.4 kWh battery pack, giving them an end range of 588 and 510 km, respectively. keep in mind that those are gross battery capacity, not net. this prime, dual-motor version of the id.6 has a 0-100 km/h time of 6.6 seconds. hardly making it the fastest electric vehicle available on the market today. still, the driving feel is quite good. it manages to achieve a level of german solidity that local cars especially very much struggle to achieve. it feels quite good over the road, especially over bumps. the steering feel is quitelight, even in sport mode, but there is a little bit more feedback, I will say, than some of its local rivals, and even some foreign rivals. overall, a good driving feel, but nothing particularly special. so, what then does the id.6 have that can set it apart from its rivals in the ultra-competitive Chinese EV market? to be honest, not very much. there’s cars this same size available that are faster, cheaper, and have as good or even sometimes a better material quality. the driving feel is a little bit better than many, many of its competitors, especially when it comes to the solidity of the suspension, as I mentioned and the driving feel, the steering feel. but is that enough? I’m honestly not sure. it’s a good car, but I don’t know if“good” is good enough in the Chinese market. the id line and the push towards full electrification are obviously vital to Volkswagen as a company. not only to its bottom line but also, to its future as an automaker. it makes sense then that since the debut of the id.4, they will continue to expand the id line. first down, with the smaller id.3, then up, so to speak, with the larger cars like the id.6. as to when this car will leave the China market and expand to other markets, we honestly don’t know specifically, but it seems pretty much inevitable. alright,