The Volkswagen ID.4 is VW’s take on a modern electric crossover for the people. With almost identical proportions to its twin, the Audi Q4 e-tron is the slightly prepper and more expensive of the pairing. With our recent review of the Q4 e-tron and a short drive in a prototype of the 58.0 kWh-equipped ID.4 fresh in our minds, now seemed as good a time as any to review the differences in each examine car. Here’s how they compare.
Motor configurations and power figures
Both the ID.4 and the Q4 e-tron come in two available power levels. At the base level, both are available in a rear-drive configuration, equipped with a single rear-mounted motor that produces a paltry 201 horsepower. Optionally, both models can also be had with dual motors, which bring the added benefit of four-wheel drive and bump power output to 295 horsepower. In our testing of both the single-motor and dual-motor ID.4 setups, neither delivered particularly exciting performance. The rear-motor ID.4 reached 60 mph in 7.6 seconds, while the twin-motor version achieved the same in 5.4 seconds. We haven’t had a chance to do a full instrument test of the Q4 e-tron yet, but we expect similar 60 mph times.
Battery size and range
Volkswagen offers a choice of two battery sizes than Audi’s one and delivers slightly more range. For 2023, VW is adding an additional lower-cost option, a 58.0 kWh battery pack that’s good for an EPA-estimated range of 209 miles. The ID.4 has an optional, more expensive 77.0 kWh battery, which provides an EPA-estimated 275 miles in rear-wheel drive models, and 250 miles in AWD versions. Our 75 mph test of a rear-wheel-drive 2021 ID.4 showed a real-world highway range of 190 miles.
The Audi only offers one battery which gives slightly less range than the similarly equipped ID.4. Audi ditches the cheaper 58.0 kWh battery and equips the 2023 Q4 etron with the same 77.0 kWh battery found in the more expensive ID.4 models. The rear-wheel-drive Q4 e-tron offers up to 265 miles of range, while the all-wheel-drive version offers an estimated 242 miles for the Sportback body style and a lower 236 miles for the square-back.
Both vehicles have an 11.0-kW onboard charger. Interestingly, the Audi also loses out in set maximum DC fast charging figures. The 58.0 kWh Volkswagen can handle up to 140 kW of DC output. The 77.0-kWh battery VW can accept a higher 170 kW of DC charging, while the Q4 is only rated to accept 150 kW.
Interior and cargo
Inside, both cars feel distinctly like the brands they hail from. The ID.4’s interior is comfortable but understated. It features a new standard 12.0-inch center display and a redesigned center console. The center screen has touch controls also found in the current generation Golf. It also features a unique gear selector mounted to the right of the digital instrument cluster. On the other hand, the Q4 follows recent interior trends from Audi. Gear selection is handled by a toggle-style switch mounted on a peninsula that protrudes from the dash. Audi is upgrading from the 10.1-inch screen in 2022 models to a larger 11.6-inch screen aimed at the driver. Optionally, there is an augmented reality head-up display that projects moving icons for navigation onto the windshield. Volkswagen beats Audi simply on infotainment screen size, but we prefer Audi’s MMI.
As for cargo space, VW claims 30 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 60 with them flat. Interestingly, due to a quirk in the EPA guidelines, the Sportback Q4 offers slightly more space than the SUV version allowing for 26 cubic feet of storage with the seats up and 54 with them down. The SUV offers one less cubic foot of space for both dimensions.
The ID.4 comes in significantly cheaper on the base end, with the 58.0kW-equipped version starting at $38,790. The cheapest Q4 is equipped with the larger battery, but starts at $49,995. Optional all-wheel drive is also more expensive for the Audi where it costs $5,000 as opposed to the $3,800 Volkswagen cost. Getting the Audi in Sportback form adds another $3000 to the price.
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