I’m driving my 2023 VW ID.4 Pro S in the snow – Here’s how

We were lucky enough to be able to buy a 2023 VW ID.4 AWD Pro S a few weeks ago. And then it started snowing here in Vermont. Here’s how this EV fares in the slippery white stuff.

I live near White River Junction and we got a few inches of snow last week. And it still has a lot hanging around, along with its buddies, ice and slush. That’s because it’s been below freezing most days, dropping to 15°F.

We have a long gravel driveway, so it’s a good road to test the ID.4’s traction on. It’s been over a week since it first snowed and it’s still pretty chaotic.

I’ll report if we get a big snowstorm this winter because ours wasn’t quite like Buffalo’s huge dump; However, our snowy situation gives this 295 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque EV a fair enough challenge.

My Dual Motor Pro S with an 82kWh Li-Ion battery pack has 20″ alloy wheels with all-season tires. It also has four-wheel independent suspension that gives it improved traction. I spoke to the excellent folks at Volkswagen of Lebanon in New Hampshire just across the state line who sold me the car to see if I should get snow tires and they said the all season tires should be fine.

So far they are right. The ID.4 was sure-footed in a variety of challenging environments, including my hilly driveway, winding back roads, and Route 4, which initially had some icy surfaces.

Compare that to our RWD Tesla Model 3, which, after my husband pulled it out of the garage on our first day of snow, lost traction almost immediately – the wheels started spinning and the car went nowhere. He slowly backed up from where he started and drove the ID.4 to work.

The ID.4 AWD features a traction mode that engages both motors together at lower speeds. I just press the touchscreen to turn it on when needed, while leaving it in Eco mode when the roads are clear. Some people complain that the touchscreen is annoying, but I find it fairly easy to get to. I put the gear selector in “B” which maximizes energy recovery.

It has heated seats and steering wheel, so I’m warm and comfortable while driving, and the heated windscreen and efficient wipers certainly made all the difference.

I’m pretty confident that I’ll be able to safely drive this Chattanooga, Tennessee-made car in harsh winter conditions without stressing out. Looking forward to really putting it to the test when we get even deeper snow.

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