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Volkswagen is making major waves in Europe with the ID.4 electric SUV. The Tesla Model Y once dominated the electric SUV vehicle segment. Now that new competition is emerging, the Model Y just isn’t as appealing as it once was. There are plenty of reasons to choose the 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 over the 2022 Tesla Model Y.

The 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 is much more affordable than the Model Y

A gray 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV is driving on the road.
The 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 | Volkswagen

Think gas price fluctuations in America are bad? Tesla price fluctuations are worse. This is proven by the huge shifts in pricing and availability that multiple Tesla nameplates have been subjected to. Tesla has been around for nearly two decades, but it’s still the new kid on the block compared to automakers like Ford and Volkswagen.

Tesla has experienced exponential growth and growing pains to accompany its expansion. The electric vehicle and clean energy brand asserted market dominance over the American electric vehicle market in recent years. Today, it isn’t the only game in town. Now factors like availability and affordability play a more important role since the Model Y has more competition.

The 2022 Tesla Model Y is currently only available in Long Range, and Performance trims in America. The electric SUV starts at $62,990. The Performance trim starts at $67,990. The VW ID.4 Pro starts at $41,230. The Pro S starts at $45,730.

Volkswagen’s electric SUV is much more affordable than the Tesla Model Y. That makes it more accessible for the average consumer.

The VW electric SUV is extremely comfortable

The rear of a blue 2022 Volkswagen ID.4.
The 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 | Volkswagen

The 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 got a 100/100 score for comfort from Consumer Reports. Consumer Reports rarely gives out perfect scores, so the ID.4 is clearly more comfortable than the average electric SUV model. In comparison, CR gave the Tesla Model Y a 78/100 score for comfort.

The Tesla Model Y got a 2/5 for Consumer Reports’ ride category. The VW ID.4 got a 4/5 in the ride category. Based on this information, Volkswagen’s SUV appears to have a superior ride quality to the Model Y. It also seems to be the more comfortable SUV. Oddly enough, the more affordable model happens to be the more comfortable model.

The 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 is produced by a more seasoned automaker

Tesla has achieved great success and has earned bragging rights. The company is struggling with growing pains like pricing and availability. These growing pains have caused delays in rolling out new models like the Tesla Cybertruck.

Volkswagen has been around since the late 1930s. The automaker has experienced highs and lows. After Dieselgate, VW is determined to make amends and play a pivotal role in the electric future. This is seen in Volkswagen’s multi-billion-dollar investment in a charging infrastructure subsidiary. Volkswagen is going all-in on EVs. The Volkswagen ID.4 could be the cornerstone of its future lineup of electric vehicles.


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