How To Operate The Seat Heating On The VW ID.4

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The Seat Heating On The VW ID.4

Electric vehicles offer overwhelming new features to their users. They come with significant technology inputs, and the VW ID.4 is no exception.
The new Volkswagen ID.4 is designed with the vision of simplifying your driving experience beyond the wheels. It offers a broader range of accessible and enjoyable experiences with some of its smart features.
This includes the Seat Heating System in the VW ID.4 model.

Heating System in VW ID.4

The VW ID.4’s heating system includes several advantages, such as:

  • The car’s heated steering wheel and seats are standard.
  • You can activate them in a matter of seconds.
  • It’s possible to set them to automatically turn on when you switch the car on, and the outside temperature is below a pre-set amount.
  • The ID.4 is equipped with an electric resistance heater (heat pump). These get up to temperature faster than the heaters used in internal combustion cars.

VW ID.4 seat heating temperature settings

The drive system of the vehicle needs to be activated first. The front seats are then heated electrically. There are three available settings (and “Off”).
When you first turn the heated seating on, it will activate on the highest setting.
At the highest temperature setting, all displays on the infotainment system or beneath turn red.

Operating the seat heating

  1. Touch the smart climate control sign on the infotainment system.
  2. Touch the heated seat sign at the bottom of the screen to switch on the seat heating.
  3. Touch the heated seat sign repeatedly to adjust the temperature settings.
  4. To turn off the seat heating, repeatedly touch the heated seat sign until the symbol turns gray.
    • You could also brush the touch sliders beneath the infotainment system with two fingers.

Don’t turn the seat heating on for unoccupied seats

The seat heating can be turned on for the vehicle’s occupied seats. It’s not usually necessary to turn on the seat heating for any without someone sitting in them. By not turning on the seat heating for unoccupied seats, the car runs more efficiently, and you save energy. In electric vehicles, this is particularly important.

Automatic seat heating switches on and off

The seat heating settings can be stored when you or a passenger leaves the car. It depends on a few specific circumstances.

  • If you switch the car off and return within ten minutes, the seat heating will automatically turn back on. It’ll be at the same temperature the driver previously set it to.
  • If the front passenger does the same thing, the temperature setting for the front seat is stored. The seat heating system will again automatically turn off if the passenger leaves while the drive system is still on. If they return before you switch the car off, it’ll automatically switch back on, too.

If you get out of the car and don’t meet these conditions, you’ll need to reactivate the seat heating manually.

When NOT to switch on the seat heating

You are advised NOT to switch on heating seats if the following conditions apply:

  • When the seat is not occupied.
  • A child seat is installed on the seat.
  • The seat cushion is wet.
  • When a person with increased sensitivity to temperature is sitting on the seat.
  • When it’s hot outside (25 degrees Celsius or more)
  • etc.

That said, using seat heating in winter is a great way to stay warm when it’s freezing outside. Combined with the heated steering wheel and heat pump, you won’t need to worry about the cold.
For the best results, try storing your VW ID.4 inside, or at least under cover. Switch it on 10 minutes before you get in to allow the batteries to warm up. The car will also be toasty and warm when you get in.

Here’s a screenshot from the VW ID.4’s owner’s manual, explaining all about the seat heating.

owners manual

By Ben Kitchen Ben is a qualified car mechanic with experience working in the industry. He now works as an automotive author, writing about all things vehicle-related. He’s excited about the potential held by electric cars of all shapes, sizes, and types.

Ben Kitchen Ben is a qualified car mechanic with experience working in the industry. He now works as an automotive author, writing about all things vehicle-related. He’s excited about the potential held by electric cars of all shapes, sizes, and types.

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