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I would say first and foremost experience the size (driving and parking) and weight of the vehicle. That can be good or bad depending on your needs and expectations.

It's very close to the size of a current Tiguan.
Given the large battery it's a heavy vehicle.

For me a little bigger than expected but the extra stowage will be a plus and garage parking is not an issue in a ~standard 22'x22' dual bay.

It feels very "planted" in the nice way that my 4Klbs Audi allroad did. Again a plus for me. And given its very low center of gravity there's very little body roll, unlike early Audi Q5's which were very top heavy (still are?).

I got to test drive my dealership's demo unit, to include driving it home and pulling into the garage. I also tested my Chargepoint on it. AOK
 

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What's important to you? Have you driven an EV before? A VW?
I've been driving a 2012 Chevy Volt for almost 10 years now. I'm sold on electric cars.
Since I'm now 75 years old, I need something a little easier to get in to and out of. Acceleration, handling, and tech stuff are things I like - very comfortable with tech, even at 75 years!

My wife has a 2013 VW Tiguan, so the general shape and size and in/out access are familiar and appealing. The noise, dependability, and roughness are not appealing.

Other cars I am waiting on are:
Chevy Bolt EUV
Nissan Ayria
Hyundai Ioniq 5
Mustang Mach-E
Kia EV6

So, you can see sort of a theme there.
 

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I've been driving a 2012 Chevy Volt for almost 10 years now. I'm sold on electric cars.
Since I'm now 75 years old, I need something a little easier to get in to and out of. Acceleration, handling, and tech stuff are things I like - very comfortable with tech, even at 75 years!

My wife has a 2013 VW Tiguan, so the general shape and size and in/out access are familiar and appealing. The noise, dependability, and roughness are not appealing.

Other cars I am waiting on are:
Chevy Bolt EUV
Nissan Ayria
Hyundai Ioniq 5
Mustang Mach-E
Kia EV6

So, you can see sort of a theme there.
By no means definitive, but based on that I'd be looking at ride height & visibility, leg/headroom, regen feel, infotainment layout/access, and general ride (noise/comfort).

I think ID.4 has the highest clearance, but more might factor into ease of entry/exit than that. Someone mentioned that with long legs, they were hitting the steering column getting out. For me, the seat was at a height that I didn't feel much effort to get in/out.

I've never driven an EV before, so regen in B felt strong/sufficient to me, but it might vary from your other options.

I felt it was quiet and smooth, but I didn't get any highway test yet and others indicate it's not quite as quiet at speed. I also really don't think my demo had the pedestrian noise that other people say is loud.

Infotainment is hopefully solved, but if the UI isn't to your liking, that could be a big deal.

I've also been eagerly awaiting details on your list. Bolt EUV seems downmarket to me and has slower charging for road trips; Ariya is FWD, probably expensive, and even further into buttonless territory; Ioniq look/shape isn't appealing; Mach-E is expensive and seems to have as many/more compromises. EV6 is almost my strongest other option, but who knows when it will be available & at what price.
 

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I'm trying to list the things people have complained about that aren't software bugs.

  • satisfy yourself that its acceleration meets your expectations; many complainers that it's not "Tesla fast."
  • listen to the radio at a good volume; it's not premium audio
  • make sure the driver storage meets your needs; my wife complained there's not enough (after pulling a blister package of turn signal light bulbs out of her outgoing Volvo that were carried over from her Jetta that she sold in 2015 -- that was two cars ago!)
  • be sure you like the ergonomics of all the things you touch as a driver, the seat and steering position all the way down to the touch volume controls on the center console
That's what jumps to mind. I know I've missed a bunch.
 

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I am going to test drive one this weekend, is there anything you wish you had asked about or tried out?
This will be my first-ever time driving an EV.
  • Try both the B and D modes of driving and notice the difference.
  • Notice the acceleration, smoothness, and quietness (so, turn off the radio and no talking for a while).
  • I found the VW in-car navigation system rather nice, compared to my current dated system (10 years old).
  • The ride felt a bit floaty to me, so check that out.
  • Turning the car on and off got me a bit confused, so you might want to pay attention to that process.
 
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