Volkswagen ID.4 vs Tesla Model Y Specs and Features Comparison

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This is a comprehensive comparison of the specs and features of Australia's best-selling electric SUVs, the Volkswagen ID.4 and the Tesla Model Y medium SUV.

This comparison focuses on the most comparable variants of each model:

Price and Incentives

Pricing details for the Volkswagen ID.4 are yet to be released, but it is expected to be similarly priced with the Tesla Model Y. Both will be eligible for state government incentives and the FBT exemption for electric vehicles.

For an estimated driveaway price and total cost of ownership - use the zecar cost of ownership calculator.

Size and Dimensions

Despite weighing less, the Model Y is the larger vehicle with more passenger and storage space than the ID.4.

Both EVs are considered to be practical for their class. They are both built on a dedicated EV platform which allows for greater interior space relative to the external footprint. Size wise, they belong in a larger segment of vehicles compared to popular hatchbacks including the Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3 and Hyundai i30.

The Tesla Model Y is larger in size than the Volkswagen ID.4. The Model Y is longer (+167 mm), wider (+69 mm) however, the Volkswagen ID.4 is taller (+16 mm).

The Model Y RWD is the lighter vehicle, weighing 37 kg less than the ID.4 Pure. This is likely the main reason for its superior claimed energy efficiency.

The Model Y RWD is rated to tow at 1600 kg braked, whereas the ID.4 Pure is rated to tow 1000 kg braked. Both are rated to tow 750 kg unbraked

Range and Performance

The Model Y offers more range and acceleration than the ID.4.

On paper, the Model Y RWD offers significantly more claimed WLTP range (+94 km) while also being more efficient than the ID.4 Pure, due to being 37 kg lighter.

The Model Y RWD offers faster acceleration than the ID.4 Pure, hitting 0 to 100 km/hr in just 6.9 seconds. This is due its significantly more powerful motor.

Battery and Charging

The Model Y features faster DC fast charging speeds compared to the ID.4

The Model Y RWD (170 kW DC) offers slightly faster DC charging than the ID.4 Pure. (118 kW DC). Both models offer AC charging rates of 11kW.

Both vehicles do not offer V2L which allows you to use the car's battery as a mobile power bank. The V2L feature could be useful for camping, road-trips and potentially in the event of a blackout.

Calculate your personal charging costs and times for each model using this calculator.

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