Volkswagen ID.4 vs. Ford Mustang Mach-E

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Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


, Automotive Editor - May 18, 2021

The Volkswagen ID.4 and the Ford Mustang Mach-E are electric torchbearers for their respective manufacturers. The stakes are high — as electric cars gain popularity, brands are fighting for a slice of the pie.

Both EVs are five-seat crossover SUVs that aim to make electric ownership more accessible. Which does it best? Here’s a comparison of key specs and features to help you make an informed decision.

See a side-by-side comparison of the Volkswagen ID.4 & the Ford Mustang Mach-E »

What The ID.4 Gets Right

"Volkswagen" translates to “the people’s car,” and no matter how futuristic, the ID.4 stays true to that ethos. Although it’s not a cheap car, the ID.4 is affordable by electric standards. It starts about $3,000 less than the Mach-E.

Despite being six inches shorter than the Mach-E, the ID.4 has more cargo space in the cabin. With the seats folded, the ID.4’s capacity expands to 64.2 cubic feet. The Mach-E maxes out at about 60, with a few more available in the frunk.

Neither car is the fastest-charging electric (that honor goes to Tesla), but the ID.4 will be slightly more convenient on road trips. The Mach-E can charge up to 80% in 45 minutes, while the ID.4 takes 38.

What the Mustang Mach-E Gets Right

While a base Mach-E starts with only 230 miles of EV range, upper trims can travel more than 300 miles on a charge. That’s short of a top-spec Model Y, but much better than the ID.4’s 260-mile maximum. Every Mach-E is faster than the ID.4, and sporty GT trims will give supercars a run for their money.

The Mach-E is more expensive, but it comes with a generous 15.5-inch infotainment system. The screen is sharp and responsive, and it makes the ID.4’s slower 10-inch system feel clunky.

Finally, the Mach-E takes more risks in the styling department. This is where the "Volkswagen" mission may hold the ID.4 back — neither is ugly, but we prefer the panache of the Mach-E's exterior.

Speed or Savings

It’s refreshing to have multiple options for electric crossovers, and both of these models are worth a look for buyers. Both are currently eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit, which helps soften the financial blow. However, it's worth noting that, unlike the ID.4, Ford isn't passing the credit to lessees.

For maximum value, the ID.4 is a compelling option. Aside from a laggy infotainment system, it offers excellent features for the money. Word has it that VW may be planning a new base model ID.4 with an even lower price tag.

If performance or range are higher priorities, the Mach-E is an easy pick. It’s equally practical, but much more fun.

Our Verdict: Ford Mustang Mach-E

We’re glad to see Volkswagen stepping into the electric ring, but Ford takes home the victory. For a reasonable premium, the Mach-E offers more fun, more range, and better features. As an everyday electric vehicle, it comes with few compromises.

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, Automotive Editor

Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


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