Electric crossover showdown: Ford Mustang Mach-E vs. Tesla Model Y vs. VW ID. 4
Each starts at around $ 40,000, offers enough real-world coverage, and is a fun introduction to the EV ownership experience. But which one deserves your attention and why? Where does VW end up in the Ford vs. Tesla battle? To find out, we tested several variants of each electric vehicle and put them through our standardized evaluation loop to see how they deal with the real world.
What do I expect to pay?
The Volkswagen ID.4 is both the simplest and the cheapest offer. It’s currently available with an 82 kWh battery and rear-wheel drive for $ 41,190 (destination included). An all-wheel drive version will come later this year.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E starts at $ 43,995 and comes with a 66 kWh battery with standard range and rear-wheel drive. Depending on the trim level, an 88 kWh extended range battery ($ 5,000) and four-wheel drive ($ 2,700) are available separately.
The entry-level price of the Tesla Model Y is significantly higher at $ 51,190, but that’s because Tesla is promoting it with all-wheel drive and the long-range battery (Tesla does not list kWh). Tesla offered a standard-range rear-wheel drive version on special order in early 2021, which costs around $ 45,000. We’ve seen reports that these are no longer in production, but you may be able to find one in Tesla’s inventory.
At the time of this recording, Ford and VW qualify for the $ 7,500 federal tax rebate, but keep in mind that this rebate is dependent on your tax situation and is not a direct discount on the price of the car. Other incentives are available but vary from state to city and utility company.