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Volkswagen ID.4 Vs. Audi e-tron: Price and features compared

The ID.4 and e-tron are both flagship electric SUV models, and although their specifications differ, they are two amazing EVs with sporty looks.

Volkswagen ID.4 and Audi e-tron are two luxury Electric vehicles With an SUV body and several strong features. While the ID.4 is Volkswagen’s first attempt at producing an electric SUV, Audi has been working on producing electric and hybrid vehicles since announcing the first e-tron concept with a plug-in hybrid version at the International Motor Show in 2009. Hitting the European auto market in August 2014. Even today, the e-tron is the company’s pioneering all-electric SUV.

Despite being the company’s first electric SUV, the ID.4 will benefit from Volkswagen’s innovative design and technology, helping VW position itself as a potential contender to challenge Tesla’s current reign as the number one EV maker. Volkswagen first showed a prototype version of the ID.4 during the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. To avoid overshadowing its initial production EV, the ID.3, Volkswagen decided to present the ID.4 in camouflage. Finally, a production version was revealed in September 2020 targeting the North American auto market. Being the flagship model, the Audi e-tron combines the sporty look of an SUV with the best EV standards. Although both vehicles come from different companies, the desire to excel in luxury EV production is equally shared.

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While technology, range, and design are factors worth considering when buying an EV, price always plays an important role in the decision-making process. In comparison, the starting price of the Volkswagen ID.4 is significantly lower than what dealerships are charging for the Audi e-tron. Excluding charges such as transportation, taxes and dealer fees, the ID.4 retails for $41,230. Qualifying for a federal tax credit can lower this figure by $7,500, bringing the price down to $33,730. In contrast, the Audi e-tron starts at $65,900. A potential federal tax credit is also available, although the vehicle must qualify. The e-tron comes with three trims: Premium ($65,900), Premium Plus ($74,800), and Kronos Edition ($83,400). Three trim levels for the Volkswagen ID.4 are available in Pro ($41,239), Pro S ($45,730), and Pro S with Gradient ($47,230). For buyers on a budget, the ID.4 is a good choice as all trims stay under $50,000.

ID.4 and e-tron features compared

Both models have built in electric powertrains, so the real question is how they perform when compared. The ID.4 comes with two engine variants. Buyers can opt for a single-motor rear-wheel-drive (RWD) variant and get a maximum power output of 201 hp, or set a dual-motor all-wheel-drive option that delivers 295 hp. Compared to the e-tron’s performance specifications, the ID.4 is surpassed. All models are powered by twin electric motors that deliver a peak power of 402 hp and 490 lb-ft of torque. The e-tron also wins the acceleration challenge as Audi’s EV can go from zero to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. The ID.4 EV needs about 7.6 seconds to do the same. However, the ID.4 (275 miles) manages to edge out the e-tron (222 miles) in driving range.

Audi has some amazing driver assist packages like Audi Pre-Sense which scans the road and alerts the driver about a potential collision. There is also adaptive cruise assist and traffic relief that offers lane guidance. This ensures that the vehicle maintains a reasonable distance from the vehicles in front and behind. Audi’s technology is worth noting, especially the 12.3-inch display that acts as a virtual cockpit and allows drivers to easily view directions and speed. Volkswagen’s EV Pro Max comes with a touchscreen navigation system along with a 12-inch color display. Voice control and proximity sensor are also available but exclusive to the premium Pro S trim. ID.4 EV It offers only basic driver-assistance features like travel assist, lane assist and rear traffic alert.

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Sources: Volkswagen, Audi

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