New Ford Mustang Mach-E vs new Volkswagen ID 4: verdict

One’s a large electric SUV with a £40k price tag and a long range... and so’s the other one. But which is the first among equals?...

Ford Mustang Mach-E 2021 vs Volkswagen ID.4 rears

Our verdict

If our winner was the car that attracted the most attention during our time with it, we’d have to pick the Mach-E. It has other, more tangible strengths, too, including a better infotainment system and stronger performance, plus it trades punches with the ID 4 on interior quality, equipment, practicality and cost. The ride is annoying, though, and its handling flatters to deceive.

We think the ride could be a clincher for many buyers, and it’s one reason the ID 4 wins. As well as driving more appropriately for a large SUV, it also has a vast boot and a longer range between charges. If only Volkswagen would address the disappointing infotainment and usability issues, it would be even better.

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1st – Volkswagen ID 4

Volkswagen ID.4 2021 panning

For Good range; comfy ride most of the time; big boot; cheaper to buy and run; well equipped
Against Poor infotainment system; poor dashboard usability; so-so front visibility; slow by class standards
Recommended options Three-pin charging cable (£180)

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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2nd – Ford Mustang Mach-E

Ford Mustang Mach-E 2021 panning

For Quicker; good infotainment system; lots of rear leg room; well equipped; relatively cheap to buy and run
Against Unsettled ride; edgy on-limit handling; less rear head room; smaller luggage capacity
Recommended options Type 2 charging cable (£168)

What Car? rating 3 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Ford Mustang Mach-E Standard Range RWD

Ford Mustang Mach-E 2021 badge

Engine Single electric motor
Peak power 265bhp
Peak torque 317lb ft
Gearbox Single-speed automatic
0-60mph 6.6sec
30-70mph 5.4sec
Top speed 111mph
30-0mph 8.9m
70-0mph 44.4m
Noise @ 30mph 61.2dB
Noise @ 70mph 67.1dB
Kerb weight 2085kg
Wheels and tyres (std) 225/60 R18
Real-world range 211 miles
Official range 273 miles
Efficiency on test 3.1 miles/kWh
Maximum charging rate 115kW
7kW home wallbox (0-100%) 11hr
Rapid charger, peak rate (10-80%) 38min
CO2 emissions 0g/km

Specifications: Volkswagen ID 4 Pro Performance 77kWh 1st Edition

Volkswagen ID.4 2021 badge

Engine Single electric motor
Peak power 201bhp
Peak torque 229lb ft
Gearbox Single-speed automatic
0-60mph 8.1sec
30-70mph 7.5sec
Top speed 99mph
30-0mph 8.7m
70-0mph 44.9m
Noise @ 30mph 61.2dB
Noise @ 70mph 67.7dB
Kerb weight 2124kg
Wheels and tyres (std) 235/50 R20 (f), 255/45 R20 (r)
Real-world range 231 miles
Official range 310 miles
Efficiency on test 3.0 miles/kWh
Maximum charging rate 125kW
7kW home wallbox (0-100%) 12hr 15min
Rapid charger, peak rate (10-80%) 36min
CO2 emissions 0g/km

Car pictured

Ford Mustang Mach-E Standard Range RWD with Star White exclusive paint (£1150)

Volkswagen ID 4 Pro Performance 77kWh 1st Edition with Honey Yellow metallic paint

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