If you’re considering buying a brand-new electric crossover, chances are the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 AWD Pro and Pro S have crossed your mind. Until now, we only had estimates on how efficient Volkswagen’s most powerful electric crossovers truly are. Based on a new release by the German carmaker, it seems the top trim models surpassed their estimated efficiency figures. Keep in mind. The AWD Pro model also has 100-hp more than the standard rear-wheel-drive model.
This report comes from Volkswagen’s latest press release detail the exact range and horsepower figures for the top models. Let’s take a look at the new official stats and how this crossover compares to its main competitor, the Tesla Model Y.
How far can the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 AWD Pro go?
Now that we have official stats let’s start with the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 AWD Pro. This model surpasses the base rear-wheel-drive model by adding an electric motor on the front axle. The front unit adds 107 hp and 11 lb-ft of torque to the 201 hp and 228 lb-ft output of the rear motos. This gets you a maximum horsepower figure of 295 hp, which translates into a 0-60 mph time of 5.7 seconds. While this isn’t the fastest crossover ever built, it’s still impressive given its status as a family hauler.
In terms of efficiency, you’re looking at 249 miles of electric range in the AWD Pro and 240 miles for the AWD Pro S. This is significant because these figures are still comparable to the RWD Pro’s 260-mile estimate, despite having an extra 107 hp available.
Aside from being efficient, the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 AWD Pro makes good use of its added power and turns it into towing capacity. That’s because the standard model can tow up to 2,200 lb while the AWD Pro tops out at 2,700 with a braked trailer. As a result, you won’t sacrifice in range to get the extra capabilities.
How does it stack up to the Tesla Model Y?
Now that we know how much power the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 AWD Pro develops, let’s see how it stacks up to a comparable Tesla Model Y. Given the price point, we’ll have to compare it to the base version of the Model Y. Although these crossovers look quite different, they share a similar spec sheet. That’s because the Model Y also utilizes a dual-motor setup. However, the Tesla manages to provide an even greater estimated electric range of 326 miles.
The same goes for the 0-60 mph time, which the Model Y can complete in 4.8 seconds compared to the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 AWD Pro’s 5.7-second figure. If you equip the Tesa with an optional $1,200 Tow Package, it’ll give you a max towing rating of 3,500 lb.
Before we get too down on the Volkswagen, it is worth pointing out that it has an affordable ace up its sleeve.
How much does the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 AWD Pro cost?
Now that we’ve got the full stats for the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 AWD Pro let’s see how much it costs. If you want the AWD Pro model, you’ll pay $43,675, or almost $10,000 less than the entry-level version of the Model Y. Upgrade to the Pro S model, and you’ll pay $48,175 to start. However, it is worth noting that all of these versions are still eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit, something the Tesla is not. As a result, once you consider its specs and price point, the ID.4 is a strong contender.