Went to prep my e-golf for lease end, and they asked me if I wanted to drive the FE that got delivered yesterday! Nice handling, perfect seat height, good visibility, love the 12" screen. Can't wait for mine!!
I'm curious how the power button on the infotainment behaves. If you tap it, does the screen turn off fully, or go to a blank black screen with a clock or something? When you tap it, does music playing from a phone pause itself, or does it continue playing in the background (or does it get muted, but still keep playing regardless)? If you tap and hold the power button, does it do anything different?My dealer sent an email this morning that they got their demo in, and I have a test drive scheduled for Thursday morning! Let me know if there's something you want me to check out.
Wait, tracking VINs thru port? How do you do that? I have my VIN, but didn't know I could do anything with it!I told the people at the dealership that I'm in three online groups for this car, and that we have people tracking their VINs through port, and they were shocked that there are already "enthusiasts"!
I didn't test out reverse and have never owned a car with a camera. Did the backup camera not help with confidence in backing into the parking space or is it a matter of learning to trust the camera as well?I went to my preferred dealer today and ended up taking a quick test drive. I am 6'1" about 200lbs and I drive a '14 JSW as my daily driver and a BMW X5 as the family long distance hauler. It was 25dF and winds blowing in the 15-20mph range. As others have said, I found the ID.4 to be larger than I expected. Unlocking/locking car folded mirrors out/in, I would like to find a way to turn that off as I find it un-necessary and something more to go wrong over time. Large doors that swung open wide, I think the ID.4 is easiest car to get in and out of. No hitting knees on anything, just slide into the seat and you are there. No climbing up or settling down. I like it, it was what I was hoping for. View out front and sides was great. "A" pillar is large, but not any larger than any other car I have had in the last 15 years. At the other end, the large "C" pillar blocked a lot of view and I didn't feel comfortable backing the car into it's parking space. I suspect I could get comfortable after a bit of time, but not after a 15 minute test drive. Speaking of comfort, I found the front seats and the driving position VERY comfortable. I found it easy to adjust the seat and steering wheel to get in a comfortable position. Even my ankle position to the 'GO' pedal was very comfortable, again I think it was the most comfortable of any car I have ever driven. The mirrors are large and it was easy to get them adjusted to where I needed them, I can't in the Jetta. Leaving the traffic was moving about 45mph and was a bit of a bear getting out of the dealership and finally I found a small opening and floored it. Oh my, this car is no slouch. I found myself out in traffic and having to back off to keep from hitting the car in front of me. I felt it performed so well I might cancel my AWD version and stick with the RWD version. I ordered the AWD version for the performance and for snow here in Maine. But it looks like I am moving to Virginia in the fall and won't need the AWD for snow and after driving the RWD version, I don't need the extra performance that the AWD version offers. Driving was nothing spectacular, but this is a family car not a Ferrari. I found the steering very tight and responsive, almost too responsive for an old fart like me. Another thing to get use to, although it shouldn't take long. I tried the drivers assist and was very pleasantly surprised on how well it tracked in the lanes and kept it's distance to the car in front of me. I was UN-pleasantly surprised when the car in front of me stopped going into a roundabout. I expected the ID.4 to stop along with the car in front of me, but NO, at about 5 miles an hour, the car turned off the drivers assist, the car went straight and was no longer braking. I had to hit the brakes to keep from hitting the car in front of me and turn the wheel to stay in my lane. Won't try that again. I found the infotainment system to be laggy and some parts of it not intuitive at all. Never did find the screen that shows software version. Started out in "D" mode, felt very natural to me and I liked it. Tried the "B" mode. Found the regen stronger than I liked and I didn't like having to pay attention to where my foot was on the GO pedal all the time. I kept finding my self going slower and slower. I won't be using "B" mode. I am not so lazy I can't put my foot on the brake pedal. There was lots of wind noise in my Jetta driving up, but virtually no wind noise in the ID.4, which was very nice. On the other hand, there was a little tire noise in my Jetta from the winter snow tires, but in the ID.4 the tire noise was much more pronounced to the point of being annoying. I threw out brand new run flat tires from my BMW as they were so noisy, I really don't want to have to do that again with the ID.4. I had the front seat back to where I was comfortable, and then I climbed into the back seat. Very comfortable and tons of room, much more than my JSW and more than my X5. Then I discovered that the child safety locks were on and I couldn't open the rear doors from the inside. The salesman was inside on the phone and I had to crawl into the front seat to get out! OOPS
On a side note, as I was leaving the sales manage called me into his office and showed me on his computer that I had ignored emails from VW and I needed to lock in my order before today was over. It also showed that my interior configuration had been changed from Gray to Black. I explained to him that I had locked in my order and his dealership had my $400 deposit. He insisted my order was not locked in. I called VW CC when I got home and I was told that a) my order was locked in, b) the interior color issue was a known issue and would be fixed by next Wednesday. He then called the dealer and explained to them the issue. CC guy was going to call me by Wed to verify interior color issue was fixed. Lessen learned, dealer can track if you open your email or not. I use a browser that blocks any tracking code and that is why the dealer didn't see that I had read the message. Not sure why he couldn't see that the order was locked.
At this point I am still going to proceed with my AWD order but it might get changed to RWD before it is over.
I am sure I will think of something more to add later, but I have rambled on long enough for now.
The backup camera did help, but it has a wide angle lens and the edges are a bit distorted. It helped some, but it will take a little time to 'learn' what the camera is showing me. There are some guidance lines and it will also take some time correlate where the lines are with respect to what is actually there. Not insurmountable, but will take some time with it. I will be taking a longer, more detailed, test ride in another month or so. If I had to rate backup camera's at this point in time, my X5 is the best, then the JSW and then the ID.4. I suspect the ID.4 will move up if I spend more time with it.I didn't test out reverse and have never owned a car with a camera. Did the backup camera not help with confidence in backing into the parking space or is it a matter of learning to trust the camera as well?