2021 Volkswagen ID.4 vs 2021 Tesla Model Y

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One of the newest vehicles from any automaker is the Volkswagen ID.4, an all-electric SUV from Volkswagen. It’s not the only electric car in the world, but it is one of the first from a major worldwide automaker. One of the few competitors against the ID.4 is the Tesla Model Y.

Both the ID.4 and the Model Y are electric compact crossovers, but that’s where the similarities end. Just about every way the two automakers could differentiate, they do. To put it as simply as possible, the ID.4 is meant to still look and feel like a Volkswagen while offering many new and electric-only features while the Model Y works hard to look as futuristic, alien, and outlandish as possible. The ID.4 is more down-to-earth and has a more grounded price tag as well. The cool factor of the Model Y is sure to rope in its share of loyal followers, but the ID.4 is uniquely positioned to be the electric crossover that anyone can buy. Volkswagen, as one of the largest automakers no matter how you measure it, designed an electric people’s car in the ID.4. The following chart compares the two vehicles side-by-side including key specifications and available features.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4


2021 Tesla Model Y

$39,995 (federal tax credit available) Starting MSRP $49,990 (long-range model, no federal tax credit available)
30.3 cubic feet/64.2 cubic feet (seats down) Cargo Space 68.0 cubic feet (seats down, with front and rear cargo trunks)
5 Passenger Limit 5, 7 with Available 3rd Row
Steering Column Mounted Customizable Digital Display Instrument Cluster Integrated with Infotainment Screen

Model Comparison

Some explanation of the table above is necessary. Achieving the 68 cubic feet of cargo space in the Model Y requires you to fold all the seats down and use the trunk space of both the front trunk and rear trunk. You read that right, the Model Y has a small front trunk space.

The Model Y also doesn’t have an instrument/gauge cluster, all of that information is displayed over on the infotainment screen, making it harder to view while driving. The Volkswagen ID.4 however manages to use an instrument cluster display that improves on what most drivers are used to. The instrument cluster is a display attached to the steering column itself, that way if you need to adjust the height of the steering wheel, the display moves with it, so it’s always highly visible. The display has customization options as well, so you can adjust what information you want to see most.

In terms of price, the Volkswagen ID.4 is far more affordable. While tax credits are impossible to predict in every situation, the ID.4 has a chance to be even more affordable than the starting MSRP states. Volkswagen is also new to the electric vehicle game, and future models could positively change the affordability of buying an all-electric crossover.