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2024 Volkswagen ID.4 Vs. Ford Mustang Mach-E: EV Comparison

VW ID.4 vs. Ford Mustang Mach-E

The battle to claim a top spot in the all-electric five-seat sport-ute segment is fierce, and the new Volkswagen ID.4 vs. Mach-E came to play. This all-electric deep-dive reveals two all-electric SUVs with elevated interiors and muscular powertrains, but only the VW ID.4 delivers the best electric range, cargo space, cabin specs, and top-notch safety wins, all at a lower starting MSRP.

If you’re debating between the VW ID.4 or Mustang Mach-E, take a closer look at the eco-friendly SUV that maximizes your value and sustainability: the 2024 Volkswagen ID.4. Find your favorite trim at our dealership, where you can test-drive to your heart’s content. The 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E, however, will not be available at Ford dealerships until much later this year at the time of this writing.


2024 VW ID.4 vs. 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E: What’s New?

The 2024 VW ID.4 is taking the electric SUV market by storm. In its fourth model year, this VW model has truly hit its stride, delivering the price and space that drivers need and the Federal Tax Credit eligibility1 they want.

The new Volkswagen ID.4 has already garnered a 2024 Car and Driver Editors’ Choice award2 – now all that’s left is your stamp of approval. Visit our Gunther Volkswagen Fort Lauderdale showroom and take this all-electric beauty for a spin.

The Ford Mustang Mach-E also hit the electric SUV scene as a 2021 model, and its fourth-year iteration sports a racing-inspired exterior, but don’t let its curved hood fool you: The Mach-E interior is dominated by an incredibly oversized vertical center touchscreen, its front headroom is noticeably cramped, and its trim levels are more expensive.

What’s more, the 2024 Mustang Mach-E is completely disqualified from the Federal Tax Credit,3 which pushes its purchase price far above that of a new VW ID.4. Interested to see how these two SUVs stack up in performance, interior features, technology, and size? Let the all-electric duel begin!

2024 VW ID.4 vs. 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E: What's New?

2024 VW ID.4 vs. 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E: Specs, Charging & Price

Many automakers try to sell you on their SUVs with over-the-top engine specs that look good on paper but do little to enhance actual on-road performance. When we put the Volkswagen ID.4 vs. Mach-E specs to the test, we quickly noticed that although the Mach-E Rally trim offers quite a jolt in horsepower and torque, the MSRP of the Ford Mustang Mach-E Rally is incredibly high.

Most drivers shopping for electric SUVs are in it for the savings, safety features, and real-world specs, all of which the 2024 VW ID.4 delivers in spades. While the Ford sport-ute boasts higher horsepower, the Volkswagen trims take the crown in accessible electric range and charging times – and aren’t those the goals of an EV SUV?

Keeping their drivers’ needs as a top priority, Volkswagen engineers bumped the VW ID.4 battery up to an 82-kWh extended-range variant in only the second trim level of the 2024 lineup. This larger battery of the Volkswagen ID.4 Pro and Pro S trims gives you an incredible EPA-estimated 291 miles4 of all-electric driving at a highly accessible price point so you can plan long road trips or commute to and from work all week. Try as it might, only one Ford Mustang Mach-E trim can match this electric range.

Electric charging time is also a priority in an all-electric SUV, and while the new VW ID.4 is happy to publish its DC fast-charge time of around 28 or 29 minutes5 depending on trim, the Ford brand hides its charging rates. Rather than provide its customers with this critical information, the automaker simply provides an EV charging station locator. In comparison, the Volkswagen SUV comes with three years of Electrify America Pass+ membership6 and a charging station locator via VW Car-Net.

The cherry on top of this Volkswagen ID.4 vs. Ford Mustang Mach-E comparison is towing. A weekend road trip might include a jet ski or a kayak, and only the VW ID.4 SUV is equipped to tow this outdoor gear. With roof rails up top and a maximum 2,700-pound towing capacity when properly equipped, the 2024 Volkswagen SUV is a great choice for family vacations. In comparison, the Mustang Mach-E owner’s manual states that it is not approved for towing.

2024 Volkswagen ID.4 vs. Ford Mustang Mach-E: Performance

2024 Volkswagen ID.4 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E
Battery Size: 62 kWh / 82 kWh / 82 kWh 72 kWh / 91 kWh
Drivetrain: RWD / RWD / AWD RWD / eAWD
Horsepower: 201 / 282 / 335 264 / 325 – 480
Torque: 229 / 402 / 536 lb-ft 387 / 500 – 700 lb-ft
0-60: 7.3 / 5.9 / 4.9 sec N/A / 3.4 – 4.1 sec
EPA-Est. Electric Range: 206 / 291 / 263 mi4 230 – 250 / 265 – 320 mi7
DC Fast-Charging Time (10-80%): 29 / 28 / 28 min5 N/A
Max Towing Capacity (when properly equipped): 2,200 / 2,200 / 2,700 lbs Not Rated for Towing

2024 VW ID.4 vs. 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E: Trims & Technology

2024 VW ID.4 vs. 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E: Trims & Technology

The new VW ID.4 and Mustang Mach-E offer the latest features and conveniences, yet the Volkswagen SUV strikes the winning blow with its next-gen Volkswagen ID.Cockpit ID. Light and IQ.DRIVE technology that comes standard on every trim, along with these exciting features:

  • VW ID.4 Standard: Stylish 12-inch horizontal touch screen with navigation, Park Assist Plus with Memory Parking, and wireless charging
  • VW ID.4 Pro: 12.9-inch display with Backlit Sliders and Predictive Adaptive Cruise Control
  • VW ID.4 AWD Pro: Dynamic Road Sign Display and Voice Control
  • VW ID.4 S: Massaging front seats, panoramic fixed glass roof, and remote power liftgate
  • VW ID.4 Pro S: VW Car-Net capability, Front Assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist Monitoring, and V-Tex leatherette seating
  • VW ID.4 AWD Pro S: 30-color adjustable ambient lighting and ventilated and heated front seats

ID. Light is a clever Volkswagen invention that humanizes the driving experience, courtesy of an LED light strip that’s stylishly integrated beneath the windshield. The incredibly helpful ID. Light system acts as a digital assistant and uses color-coded light pulses to visually cue turn-by-turn navigation, incoming phone calls, voice command responses, and emergency stops. This technology simply doesn’t exist in the Mach-E.

While the 2024 VW ID.4 gives you a choice of six luxurious trims, the new Ford Mustang Mach-E is only available in only four variants. The claim to fame of the Mach-E interior is a drainable frunk, but aside from this tiny 4.7 cubic feet of extra storage, the Mach-E cabin is sorely lacking compared to the VW ID.4 – yet at increasingly higher MSRPs.

  • Ford Mustang Mach-E Select: Overpowering 15.5-inch vertical touch screen, SYNC 4A, and wireless charging
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium: Power liftgate, memory driver’s seat, and multi-color ambient lighting
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E GT: Brembo® front brakes and available panoramic roof
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E Rally: Unique grille shield with integrated LED fog lamps, unique raised rear spoiler

The top three VW ID.4 trims provide a standard panoramic glass roof with an elegant swipe-activated electric sunshade; the 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E roof is black-painted steel. A panoramic roof is only available on the two Mach-E trims as an additional purchase. From an aesthetic perspective, it’s also worth noting that the Ford Mustang SUV only comes with a black or gray interior, with all but one trim limiting you to a singular cabin color. The 2024 Volkswagen SUV, however, offers gray, black, brown, and blue interior color options.


2024 VW ID.4 vs. 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E: Safety Features

Another key aspect of this ID.4 vs. Mach-E guide is how each SUV performs in the safety arena. The differences between VW ID.4 and Mustang Mach-E safety features are vast. Both EVs provide standard SUV safety tools like blind-spot monitoring and lane-keeping assistance, but only the 2024 VW ID.4 is equipped with innovative safety technology like the IQ.DRIVE system.

IQ.DRIVE outfits every VW ID.4 trim and includes Travel Assist, Rear Traffic Alert, Front Assist, Emergency Assist, and more. The entry-level VW ID.4 Standard trim also gives you Light Assist, Area View, Park Distance Control, a LATCH child seat system, an Electromechanical Brake Booster, and front safety belts with important pretensioners to protect you before a collision even happens.

To continue our ID.4 vs. Mach-E safety comparison, let’s examine the Ford SUV’s safety options. The base-model Mustang Mach-E Select comes with Ford BlueCruise and a 360-degree camera, but outside of these offerings, the Ford company is not very forthcoming with each trim’s safety features.

They boast a Ford Co-Pilot 360™ system that provides Evasive Steering Assist, Hill Descent Control, Pre-Collision Assist, and a Rear View Camera, but the automaker does not specify which trims receive this treatment – only that these technologies vary depending on your vehicle.

Last but not least, new Volkswagen ID.4 models are also protected by two years or 20,000 miles of Scheduled Carefree Maintenance,8 three years or 36,000 miles of Roadside Assistance,8 and a four-year or 50,000-mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty.8 In contrast, the new Mach-E models come with three years or 36,000 miles of New Vehicle Limited Warranty.9

2024 VW ID.4 vs. 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E: Safety Features

2024 VW ID.4 vs. 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E: Dimensions & Cargo

The final piece of this Volkswagen ID.4 vs. Mach-E puzzle is dimensions and cargo space. At 185.6 inches long and 74.1 inches wide, you would think that the larger 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E would offer the most interior space. Yet thanks to the incredibly well-planned VW ID.4 interior that maximizes every square inch of space, the smaller 180.5-inch long and 72.9-inch wide Volkswagen model wins again.

Inside the VW ID.4 cabin, even the tallest front-seat passengers can relax with an equal 41.1 inches of headroom and legroom. The Mach-E, on the other hand, gives front-seat occupants only 38.9 inches of headroom, so be careful about leasing or purchasing the Ford SUV if you’re a tall adult.

You’ll also find more cargo space in the Volkswagen sport-ute: The standard VW trunk provides 30.3 cubic feet of storage compared to the Ford trunk’s 29.7 cubic feet. Fold the rear seats in both vehicles to maximize your hauling capabilities, and you’ll see that the Volkswagen SUV’s 64.2 cubic feet of max cargo capacity outperforms the Ford model’s 59.5 or 59.7 cubic feet, depending on trim.

2024 Volkswagen ID.4 vs. Ford Mustang Mach-E: Dimensions

2024 Volkswagen ID.4 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E
Passenger Seating: 5 5
Exterior Length/Width/Height: 180.5 / 72.9 (w/out mirrors) / 64.5 – 65.2 in 185.6 – 187 / 74.1 9 (w/out mirrors) / 63.5 – 64.9 in
Front Headroom/Legroom: 41.1 / 41.1 in 38.9 / 43.3 in
Cargo Capacity (Standard/Max): 30.3 / 64.2 cu ft 29.7 / 59.5 – 59.7 cu ft

Meet Your Volkswagen ID.4 at Gunther Volkswagen Fort Lauderdale

Why wait to test-drive and take home one of the top-performing electric SUVs on the market? Use our VW ID.4 lease offers to get behind the wheel of a new Volkswagen sport-ute and see why even our sales associates are raving about this model’s capabilities and features!

With maximized cargo space, accessible price points, and incredible safety tech, the 2024 Volkswagen ID.4 is an astonishing example of all-electric excellence. Find yours at Gunther Volkswagen Fort Lauderdale today.

Volkswagen ID.4 vs. Mach-E FAQ

1. Do the Mustang Mach-E and Volkswagen ID.4 qualify for a tax credit?

The 2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E is completely disqualified from Federal Tax Credit eligibility, but the new Volkswagen ID.4 does qualify for Federal Tax Credits up to $7,5001 because of its local assembly. Chat with our Gunther Volkswagen finance experts to unlock state and local incentives so you can drive home a 2024 VW ID.4 with maximum savings.

2. Do the Mustang Mach-E and Volkswagen ID.4 offer all-wheel drive?

Yes, both the Mustang Mach-E and the VW ID.4 offer all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive trims. The lineups begin with RWD configurations, and AWD variants are available as you move through the trim levels. Both automakers also offer standard and extended-range batteries, and the Volkswagen SUV can get up to an EPA-estimated 291-mile range.4

3. How fast is the Mach-E vs. Volkswagen ID.4?

The Ford Mustang Mach-E is minimally faster than the 2024 VW ID.4. The 82-kWh Volkswagen battery delivers a 4.9-second zero to 60 time on certain trims, and the 91-kWh Ford Mustang trims have a 4.1-second zero to 60 acceleration. The Mustang Mach-E Rally hits 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, but it costs more than the top-trim VW ID.4.


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1Tax credit referenced is for informational purposes only. This information does not constitute tax or legal advice. Not all customers will qualify. Tax credit applies only on the original purchase of a qualifying vehicle and is not available in a lease transaction. Only MY24 ID.4 vehicles with SK On battery modules and cells qualify. See vehicle Monroney label (window sticker) for battery component manufacturer. To apply tax credit as a down payment, purchaser must elect to transfer the entirety of the allowable credit and complete a buyer attestation and provide additional documentation to a participating dealer that has been approved by the IRS for Energy Credits Online. Vehicle eligibility does not guarantee that you will receive the federal tax credit. Your eligibility to claim the tax credit in a retail sale depends on whether your adjusted gross income is below certain income thresholds. All persons considering use of available tax credits should consult a tax advisor to determine eligibility based on their specific tax situation. Tax credits are subject to various limitations not within Volkswagen’s control and are subject to change without notice. For general product information, see your Volkswagen dealer for details or call 1-800-Drive-VW. National Offer. Offer ends April 30th 2024.

2Reference to this third-party claim is solely for informational purposes and not to be relied upon. For details regarding this award, visit https://www.caranddriver.com/features/a46550349/2024-editors-choice/

3This information is not verified by the official manufacturer and shall serve solely as unofficial general information. For details, visit: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hybrids-evs/electric-cars-plug-in-hybrids-that-qualify-for-tax-credits-a7820795671/#:~:text=is%20below%20%2480%2C000.-,Which%20EVs%20Lose%20Their%20Tax%20Credit%20for%202024%3F,PHEV)%20will%20no%20longer%20qualify.

42024 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro and Pro S EPA-estimated total range is 291 miles. 2024 Volkswagen ID.4 Standard and S EPA-estimated total range is 206 miles. 2024 Volkswagen ID.4 AWD Pro and ID.4 AWD Pro S EPA-estimated total range is 263 miles Actual mileage and range will vary and depend on several factors including driving and charging habits, accessory use, temperature and topography, battery age, load, and vehicle condition. Battery capacity decreases with time and use. See owner’s manual for details.

5Charging times may vary and are influenced by several factors, including but not limited to outdoor temperature, battery temperature, charging equipment, battery condition, and the overall condition of the vehicle. For precise information on charging times for a specific vehicle model, please contact our dealership.

6Plug&Charge can only be used at Electrify America DC fast charging and Level 2 public charging stations. The feature is available for use upon purchase of a new, unused 2023 or 2024 ID.4 EV and can only be utilized by the original purchaser/owner for the duration of the included charging plan. Not valid for subsequent owners. Functionality will deactivate upon expiration of the included 3-year charging plan, which begins upon vehicle purchase. Requires Electrify America mobile app, account, enrollment in the included ID.4 charging plan, acceptance of Plan Disclosure, set up of payment method and activation of Plug&Charge in the Electrify America app. Activation usually takes a few minutes but may take longer depending on your vehicle and its cellular connectivity.

7Based on full charge. Actual range varies with conditions such as external environment, vehicle use, driving behaviors, vehicle maintenance, lithium-ion battery age and state of health.

8Carefree Coverage available on all new MY23-24 vehicles. Carefree Maintenance provides 10,000- and 20,000-mile scheduled maintenance services or scheduled maintenance services for two years (whichever occurs first) as stated in the vehicle’s maintenance booklet. Does not include tire rotations, or other services or parts not specified in the owner’s literature. 3 years/36,000 miles (whichever occurs first) Roadside Assistance provided by a third party. May require additional payment for services rendered. 4 years/50,000 miles (whichever occurs first) New Vehicle Limited Warranty. ID.4 electric vehicles include an 8 year/100,000 miles (whichever occurs first) high-voltage battery limited warranty. Battery capacity decreases with time and use. Warranty coverage may not return battery capacity to an “as new” condition with 100% net capacity. See owner’s literature or dealer for warranty, maintenance program, and roadside assistance details, exclusions, and limitations. Car-Net Remote Access services require cellular connectivity, GPS signal, and acceptance of Terms of Service. Not all services and features are available on all vehicles. Other Car-Net services require a trial or paid subscription. See additional important information at vw.com/carnet

9Warranties listed on this web page shall not be solely relied upon. Warranties may be subject to specific terms, restrictions, exclusions, and fees. Additional warranty information may be obtained by visiting the official website of the warranty provider. Contact our dealership for complete details.

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