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The Volkswagen ID.4 is a small electric SUV that competes at the highest level in its segment. The ID.4 battles the Tesla Model Y internationally and has become incredibly popular in Europe. One of the reasons that consumers love the VW ID.4 is its affordability. How affordable is the 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 compared to rivals?

The 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 is one of the most affordable electric SUVs

The Volkswagen ID.4 starts at just $38,995. It’s more affordable than the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Kia EV6, Tesla Model Y, and Toyota bZ4X.

The 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 may be significantly more affordable than its rivals, but that doesn’t mean that it’s lacking in any way. The base model 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 Standard has 209 miles of range. That’s enough for many consumers that decide to get level 2 home chargers and have access to charging infrastructure.

The 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro with LG Battery has a whopping 275 miles of driving range. It starts at $43,995. The ID.4 Pro with LG Battery is still more affordable than Ford Mustang Mach-E, Kia EV6, and Tesla Model Y base models.

Does the Volkswagen ID.4 qualify for a tax credit?

A gray 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 small electric SUV is driving on the road.
The 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 | Volkswagen

Many Volkswagen ID.4 models are manufactured in Germany. The current federal electric vehicle tax incentive prioritizes American-made electric vehicles to boost the sales of American EVs and support American automotive jobs.

Volkswagen has an assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. VW ID.4s built in Tennessee could qualify for the incentive, but the automakers and the government have yet to give consumers a clear answer on which specific EVs will indefinitely qualify for the modified incentive following the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. So, if your interest in purchasing the ID.4 is dependent on its tax credit eligibility, don’t count on it. Still, the small electric SUV gets props for being affordable enough for most average consumers. Take VW’s charging company Electrify Ameria into consideration as well, and Volkswagen plays a huge role in America’s electric future.

What are the best small electric SUVs?

A gray 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 small electric SUV is driving.
The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 | Hyundai

The term “best” is subjective, but there are some clear standout models in the small electric SUV segment. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the undisputed champ at its price point. Consumers love the Ioniq 5 because it’s affordable, practical, and reliable. The VW ID.4 has made plenty of noise in Europe, but it hasn’t made the same splash in America yet.

The Ford Mustang Mach-E excited drivers when it debuted because of its attractive exterior and driving verve, but the Blue Oval’s first EV is experiencing reliability issues. The Kia EV6 is the Ioniq 5’s sporty cousin. Car and Driver gave the EV6 a perfect overall score.

The best small electric SUVs on the market all seem to be coming from South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Company (Kia is a subdivision of Hyundai). Hyundai’s luxury division Genesis is also making major waves in the EV space. The 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the model to beat in its segment, but there’s hope for the Volkswagen ID.4.

Let us know your pick for the best small electric SUV in the comment section below.


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