2022 Kia EV6 vs. 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 comparison
Virtually every automaker is launching a new electric car this year, and most of them are ticking many of the same boxes. They are mid-size SUVs with mid-$40,000 prices and high-tech design themes, available in rear- or all-wheel drive.
But despite their similarities on paper, they can be quite different in practice. The Volkswagen ID.4 from 2023, for example, has many practical features and a clever user interface. But the Kia EV6 2022 outperformed it in range, performance and excitement.
Let’s take a closer look at these electric SUVs and find the right one for you. Note that this comparison compares the 2022 EV6 to the 2023 ID.4 as Volkswagen dealerships have already transitioned to the new model year.
2022 Kia EV6
New for 2022, the Kia EV6 is an electric vehicle that blends aspects of a crossover and hatchback and combines them into one of the most attractive body styles to be unveiled this year. It has a range of up to 310 miles and is offered in a high-performance GT edition with 576 horsepower. Prices start at $41,400.
Kia EV6 highlights
More range and efficiency: The EV6, in its longest-range form, offers up to 310 miles of range between charges. That beats the ID.4, which reaches up to 275. The EPA estimates that EV6 owners could spend as little as $550 a year on energy, while ID.4 drivers will spend at least $600.
Beautiful inside and out: Kia calls the design language of the EV6 “digital tiger”. Call it what you want. We love it. On the outside, it’s sleek and sleek. Inside it’s like something from the future. The driver’s instrument panel and central touchscreen are technically separate screens, but personally you’d never know it wasn’t one giant, curved screen. Add the aluminum pedals and contrasting suede and vegan leather seats of the higher trim levels and you have a cabin befitting a luxury sports car.
Powerful Options: The base EV6 has an adequate 167 hp. But Kia offers options for 225, 320 and absurd 576 horses in an affordable car. With electric cars, there is a trade-off between range and performance. Buyers must gift one to get the other. But the EV6, in its most extreme form, can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds.
Check this week Fair purchase price or check out the Kia EV6 models for sale near you.
2023 Volkswagen ID.4
The Volkswagen ID.4 is a practical electric SUV with excellent safety scores and a lower entry price than most of its competitors. Our test riders found it comfortable and “a painless transition” from gas-powered driving. It has a range of up to 275 miles between charges. Prices start at $37,495.
Volkswagen ID.4 highlights
Lower price and maybe much lower price: The starting price of the ID.4 is thousands less than the EV6. But we expect a big change soon. The federal government recently changed its electric vehicle tax credit system so that only vehicles built in North America are eligible for a $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit. Volkswagen recently started assembly of the ID.4 in Tennessee. The US Department of Energy is still updating its list of which vehicles qualify for the tax credit, but we expect the ID.4 to be eligible for the full federal rebate soon. The EV6 doesn’t.
Clever ID. Light system: The ID.4 has one of our most popular new technologies. It’s a thin strip of light mounted where the windscreen meets the dash, which pulses from side to side to display navigation cues and indicates battery charge level. It’s a subtle, unobtrusive way of communicating important information, and it’s… well… it’s cute.
More cargo space: The EV design keeps all major moving parts under the floor, providing more interior space than gas-powered cars. Volkswagen seized this opportunity with the ID.4. It is smaller than the EV6, but offers significantly more cargo space.
Check this week Fair purchase price or look at the Volkswagen ID.4 models for sale near you.
Both vehicles would make a compelling first electric car. Both offer the snappy acceleration usual for EVs, modern styling, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a range of powertrain options to let you choose a capable commuter or something with a certain zip.
The Kia EV6 is sexy, available at sports car-like speeds and can travel up to 310 miles between charges. The Volkswagen ID.4 is cute, cheaper (probably a lot cheaper soon) and has received the highest possible safety award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (the EV6 hasn’t been tested yet). Both could make a great family car, but they have very different personalities. Only your own priorities can tell you which spirit appeals to you.
|2022 Kia EV6||2023 Volkswagen ID.4
|engine||electric motor||electric motor|
|hp||167 hp||201 hp|
|torque||258 lb ft||229 lb ft|
|transmission||1 speed direct drive||1 speed direct drive|
|fuel consumption||136 city/100 highway/117 combined MPGe||116 city/98 highway/107 combined MPGe|
|Maximum range||310 miles||275 miles|
|Also available||Twin engine, AWD||Twin engine, AWD|
|base guarantee||5 years/60,000 miles||4 years/50,000 miles|
|Powertrain Warranty||10 years/100,000 km||4 years/50,000 km|
|battery guarantee||10 years/100,000 km||8 years/100,000 km|
|Maximum seating capacity||5||5|
|wheelbase||114.2 inches||108.9 inches|
|overall length||184.3 inches||180.5 inches|
|Broad||74.0 inches||72.9 inches|
|Height||60.8 inches||64.4 inches|
|turning diameter||38.2 feet||33.6 feet|
|headroom in front||39.0 inches||41.1 inches|
|Rear headroom||38.0 inches||38.4 inches|
|Legroom, front||42.4 inches||41.1 inches|
|Rear legroom||39.0 inches||37.6 inches|
|Shoulder room in front||57.8 inches||57.5 inches|
|Shoulder room at the back||55.6 inches||55.9 inches|
|cargo volume||24.4/50.2 cubic feet||30.3/64.2 cubic feet|