Tesla Model Y Vs. Volkswagen ID.4: Which Electric SUV Should You Get?


The Tesla Model Y is a chart-topping electric SUV, but when pitted against Volkswagen’s ID.4 — who wins? The Model Y is one of the best-selling EVs thanks to several attractive features covering infotainment, driver autonomy, and other critical areas. However, the ID.4 isn’t far behind and has enjoyed great reception thanks to its practicality and budget-friendly price.

While the Volkswagen ID.4 doesn’t exactly offer a luxurious interior, its modern design, coupled with sufficient cargo space, should appeal to prospective buyers. The Model Y bets big on utility as it’s designed to accommodate up to seven passengers, as the SUV is offered in five and seven seating layout options.

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Typical of Tesla, the Model Y features a 15-inch touchscreen. However, drivers used to fiddling with buttons may not appreciate the infotainment screen’s lack of knobs. Meanwhile, the ID.4’s central command center is a 12″ display that promises seamless interaction for functions like climate settings and navigation. The Volkswagen EV also gets wireless smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which Tesla lacks.

Which EV Offers the Best Value For Money?

While the Model Y comes in two options, Volkswagen offers eight ID.4 trims starting with the Standard RWD variant ($38,995) and going up to the AWD Pro Plus, which starts at $55,245. Compared to the Tesla’s Long Range ($55,990) and Performance editions ($58,990), the ID.4 is more budget-friendly. Helping affordability, both models qualify for the new $7,500 EV tax credit. But even though the ID.4 is more affordable, has it got the quickness and range to outshine the Model Y? The short answer is no.

The ID.4’s EPA-estimated driving range sits at between 209 miles and 275 miles. Consumers don’t need to buy the premium trim — AWD Pro Plus — to get 275 miles, since the Pro variant (second in the lineup) offers the same. Volkswagen claims the ID.4 can go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds with the AWD Pro S model.

This pales in comparison to the 3.5 seconds promised by the Model Y Performance trim. The Model Y is one of the few 300+ mile EVs. The Long Range variant gets 326 miles when equipped with a 7-seater layout, with the 5-seater Model Y bringing four extra miles. Getting 20″ Induction Wheels with the Tesla for an additional $2,000 drops the range to 318 miles, though.

The Performance trim offers a 3.5-second acceleration time, a top speed of 155 horsepower, and a range of 303 miles. Buying the Model Y means gaining access to one of the world’s largest EV public charger networks — the Supercharger network — allowing users to get up to 162 miles of range in 15 minutes. On the other hand, the ID.4 supports DC fast charging, which means owners can visit any compatible stations that offer high-speed charging. Electrify America — a Volkswagen subsidiary — offers 30-minute charging sessions for free at any of its stations.

Both the Model Y and ID.4 are competent EVs, but when choosing one, consumers must consider the factors that concern them the most. Those looking for ample range will appreciate the Model Y, while those looking to get an EV that ticks the box of affordability should get the ID.4.