The Volkswagen ID.4 has been named World Car of the Year for 2021. The ID.4 electric crossover is the fifth Volkswagen to win the coveted title, beating out the Honda e and Toyota Yaris.
“The World Car of the Year award marks a great success for our entire ID. team. We have succeeded in developing a car that starts the system change to e-mobility in the world’s most important segment of compact SUVs and offers excellent everyday usability.”
said Thomas Ulbrich, board member for development at the Volkswagen.
The Audi e-tron, Skoda Enyaq, and ID.4 all use the same MEB electric architecture as the ID.4. However, there is more interior space and luggage space, and the styling is somewhat less space-age.
Currently, the only powertrain options are a 77kWh battery connected with a 201 hp electric motor driving the rear wheels. Volkswagen intends to introduce additional ID.4 models by the end of the year, including a hotter 300 hp four-wheel drive version and, in some countries, a more compact version with less fuel.
The list of World Car Of The Year continues with the Mercedes S-Class named as 2021 World Luxury Car.
This isn't shocking, but the sedan outperformed the Land Rover Defender and Polestar 2.
The Porsche 911 Turbo has been named the 2021 World Performance Car. This isn't entirely surprising, but it's worth noting that the Toyota GR Yaris, as well as the Audi RS Q8, were among the finalists.
The Yaris was eliminated all three times, as the Honda e was dubbed the 2021 World Urban Car. Aside from outperforming the Toyota, the electric hatch was chosen over the Honda Fit / Jazz.
Finally, the Land Rover Defender was awarded World Car Design of the Year. It was chosen over the Honda e and Mazda MX-30.