Changes to 2021 Volkswagen Models Headlined by Electric ID.4 and New Tech
This year, Volkswagen gets serious about electric vehicles. The eGolf, with its paltry 125 miles of driving range, left the building last year. Now, the new Volkswagen ID.4 arrives with 250 miles of range and in compact SUV format.
Several Volkswagen models are now available with Level 2 advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS). Travel Assist combines the adaptive cruise control with lane-centering assistance to reduce fatigue on long drives, but it is not a hands-free system so drivers must continue to pay attention and steer the vehicle.
If they don’t, Emergency Assist will activate, bringing the vehicle to a full stop if the driver fails to respond to requests to retake control of the steering. In such situations, Emergency Assist operates under the assumption that the driver is asleep or medically incapacitated.
Otherwise, Volkswagen adds its next-generation infotainment system to most vehicles. Known as the MIB3 system, and first available in Audi models, it offers wireless connectivity for multiple phones, improved voice recognition capability, enhanced navigation functions, and SiriusXM 360L satellite radio and streaming content. Plus, MIB3 is much faster to load and respond to inputs than the previous technology.
Otherwise, changes are fairly minor, with the range-topping Arteon sportback and Atlas SUV getting freshenings for 2021.