Hybrids & Electrics

Is the Volkswagen ID.4 a Better Value Than the Audi E-Tron?

If you’re looking to make the leap into the electric car world, then the Volkswagen group has you covered. In addition to the existing Audi E-Tron, in case you want to live more upscale, you can also choose the Volkswagen ID.4. Of course, comparing these two EVs is not unlike comparing apples to oranges. But we had to wonder: Which one poses a better value for anyone wanting to go all-electric?

Volkswagen ID.4 vs Audi E-Tron

A bright-blue 2019 Audi e-tron electric crossover SUV parked on a street outside a modern building
2019 Audi e-tron | Audi

If you have never heard of the Volkswagen ID.4, just know that it’s the automaker’s all-new, all-electric SUV that’s set to appeal to non-luxury buyers. The ID.4 is based on the ID.Crozz concept as it brings a more futuristic approach to the company’s existing lineup. On the other, hand, the Audi E-Tron has existed since 2019 and offers up an upscale approach when it comes to electric SUVs.

Just get the important parts upfront, the Volkswagen says that ID.4 should get around 260 miles of range out of its 77-kWh battery pack between charges. While that range might not sound as good as the Tesla Model Y’s 316-mile rating, for example, it’s still better than the Audi E-Tron’s rating of 222 miles, according to the automaker.

As far as power goes, the VW ID.4 will have two different setups: a single-motor rear-drive and a dual-motor AWD configuration. The two-wheel setup will play host to a 201-hp motor, while the dual-motor setup should produce 302 hp. That’s impressive, however, it falls short of the Audi E-Tron’s 402 hp rating.

a running shot of the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 from the front
2021 Volkswagen ID.4 | Volkswagen

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It’s what’s on the inside that counts

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 interior shot forward
2021 Volkswagen ID.4 | Volkswagen

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The interior of the Volkswagen ID.4 might not be as refined as the cabin space inside the Audi E-Tron, but it fits the car’s character nonetheless. The ID.4 boasts a minimalistic and futuristic approach as it eschews a normal instrument panel in favor of a 5.3-inch digital display.

There’s also a 10-inch infotainment display that sits front and center with Apple Carplay and Android Auto compatibility, a wireless charging dock, a couple of USB ports, and an available panoramic moonroof. The Audi E-Tron, on the other hand, has all of that and more.

Audi’s all-electric SUV also offers more luxurious details including leather seating, a 10.1-inch infotainment screen, a touchscreen for the climate controls, and a panoramic roof. It also has Audi’s Virtual Cockpit display that allows configuration from the driver and there are also more upscale features like heated and ventilated seats as well as Amazon Alexa capabilities.

2019 Audi E-Tron interior
2019 Audi E-Tron interior | Audi

Which one presents a better value?

From a pricing standpoint, the Volkswagen ID.4 presents a better value than that of the Audi E-Tron. The ID.4 carries a starting price of around $41,000, which can go up to around $45,000 for the highest Pro S trim level. While the Audi E-Tron starts at $65,900 and can easily eclipse the $80,000 mark with all of the option boxes checked.

However, the E-Tron can prove to be valuable for those looking for the finer things in life, in addition to a 200 + mile range. But if you just want to get into the world of all-electric vehicles without having to break the bank, we would suggest going with the all-new Volkswagen ID.4.