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Performance anxiety

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I've ordered an ID.4 Style pro. Due to do a few reasons only just ordered. However I'm already feeling performance anxiety and wondering if I should have ordered the pro performance. Half of the problem is I've only been able to test drive the performance model so it's hard to tell if I'd be happy with just Pro.
Has anybody driven/owned both and can give a comparison?
I've currently got an Audi A4 2.0litre petrol and that's got more than enough power for what I need. I'm struggling to be able to compare the power to the EV equivalents. It's very very much a family car, 80% of my driving will have 4 of us in it, so I'm not going to be racing around but I consider myself a confident and relatively quick driver.
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@GenerationGav I can't comment about the ID4, but I can say that I find that many less powerful EVs (which have slow-ish 0-60 times on paper) are far quicker in the real world than more powerful ICE cars with quicker 0-60 times

I used to have a very powerful petrol turbo with 275bhp that could do 0-60 in under 6 seconds, and yet I've been driving two low power EVs this summer (one with 0-60 in 9.9 seconds and the other with 0-60 in 8.7 seconds) and both felt quicker in the real world than my old (quicker on paper) petrol turbo, both from 0mph, but even when needing to suddenly overtake or speed up when already moving.

In fact, even the EV did that 0-60 in almost 10 seconds would be a hoot to drive, simply because of the instant torque.

Your old Audi petrol would only be massively quicker than an EV once you are driving it at illegal speeds beyond our 70mph speed limit.
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When does anyone ever do 0-60 as fast as their car permits on the road? In a petrol/diesel that generally involves revving it quite hard through multiple gears all of which is a bit embarrassing on a public road if you ask me. Most people are unlikely to do their cars claimed 0-60. In an EV however you can floor it away from the lights, there's no drama, no sound, no gear changes to interrupt progress. Nobody else would even know you're foot to the floor and in turn generally its much easier to do a real 0-60 in an EV.
The real worthy comparisons come in with overtaking speed differences, whether your old petrol is able to do a 40-60 pass quicker than an EV will depend on what gear you're in etc, at least in an EV the power available is always the same.
@DomJ Yes, EV torque is available instantly. One of the challenges is that not every FWD EV actually manages to put that torque down easily or smoothly, even once you are off the line. Some of ones I've driven are abysmal in terms of torque steer. I can see why some decide to go for a AWD or RWD EV.
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