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You have put your finger on it. In the mid-SUV space the VW corporation wants you to buy an ID.4 if you want value for money, but it won't have all the do dads. If you want luxury, they want you to buy the Audi Q4 e-Tron and if you want performance, they want you to buy the Porsche Macan EV. All of which on on the same platform. We have a difficult situation right now because the ID.4 is ahead of the other two and people want the extra stuff like Heat pump, surround-vision, and VR that VW really wants you to go to an upmarket line to purchase. All this clamoring for things that aren't on the US version of the ID.4 will go nowhere. Marketing in Germany is different than in the US and things that VW is willing to put on a VW in Europe won't necessarily be put on a VW in the US. VW learned from their Phaeton experience in the US that VW is viewed as an "economy" brand that will not compete in the luxury space. That's why Toyota, Honda and Nissan felt they had to invent a new label to sell upmarket Lexus, Acura and Infiniti. VW Corporation already has those "upmarket" labels --in escalating order: VW, Audi, Porsche, Lamborghini/Bently. VW is not going to encroach on those upmarket brands by loading up a VW, unless their competitors in the "economy" Japanese makes do so.
 

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I agree with you ted99. However I must admit I once told my wife to get a fully loaded Camry rather than a base Lexus as at that time very close for less money. She of course went Lexus tho'. ;)
I think she made the right choice. She had the aura of a Luxury brand. You had better depreciation on a base Lexus, compared to a loaded Camry. The Toyota Corp (and all other mfg's) depend on people not having the discipline to stick to the base model in a luxury line--plus you will rarely find one on a dealer lot. I found a stripper BMW 530e PHEV on the lot and got it for a big discount. My wife bought a loaded 530e (for reasons not germane here we had to pick a BMW) within one month and also got a discount, but it was still $10K more than my stripper. Today, a year later, both are worth about the same. I'm switching my stripper for the ID.4 and it's current trade-in value is more than my total costs after the Fed TC and State $2.5K grant, thanks to the inflation of used car prices, BMW price increases on PHEV's and popularity of PHEV's.
 
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