Ford Mustang Mach-E vs Volkswagen ID.4: The Definitive Comparison Guide

As an electric vehicle expert and lead analyst for EV News Today, readers often ask me for advice comparing two of today‘s most compelling electric SUVs: the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Volkswagen ID.4. Both offerings represent major auto giants embracing an electric future, wrapped in highly appealing and accessible packages.

But between the celebrated Mustang pony car branding applied to a 4-door crossover and VW‘s first global long-range electric SUV built for millions – not millionaires – confusion runs rampant. That‘s why I‘ve compiled this comprehensive guide examining how these rivals stack up across all the categories that matter most.

Here, you‘ll find a data-driven, insider‘s perspective on how the Mustang Mach-E and ID.4 compare on:

  • Pricing, incentives and ownership costs
  • Driving range, battery specs and real-world efficiency
  • Performance, driving dynamics and handling
  • Charging speeds, infrastructure access and charging costs
  • Technology features, driver assistance capabilities
  • Passenger and cargo dimensions – both interior and exterior
  • And much more

By the end, you‘ll grok which battery-powered SUV best aligns with your priorities. Let‘s get to it!

Mach-E and ID.4 By the Numbers

First, let‘s examine how these electric SUVs compare by their spec sheets.

SpecsFord Mustang Mach-E AWD Ext RangeVolkswagen ID.4 AWD Pro
Price (MSRP + Dest.)$54,975$44,870
Range (EPA)314 miles280 miles
Battery Capacity98 kWh82 kWh
0-60 mph4.8 s5.7 s
Horsepower346 hp295 hp
Cargo Capacity29 cu ft rear
4.8 cu ft front trunk
30.3 cu ft rear
0 cu ft front trunk
Max Charging Speed150 kW125 kW
Length186 in180 in
Wheelbase117 in108 in
Ground Clearance6.6 in AWD
5.7 in RWD
8.6 in

Sizing Up the Contenders:

While a useful starting point, specs only tell part of the story. Let‘s analyze some key metrics and features in more detail.

Range and Efficiency

On paper, Ford‘s available extended range 98 kWh battery helps the Mach-E top the ID.4‘s 280 mile max range. But EPA test cycles don‘t always match the real world.

In independent testing by publications like Edmunds, Car & Driver and Motor Trend, both SUVs achieved nearly their official ratings during mixed highway/city driving:

  • Mach-E ER AWD (315 mile EPA): 309 miles observed
  • ID.4 AWD (280 EPA): 273 miles

That puts real-world ranges much closer together than EPA estimates suggest. Still, the Mach-E Extended Range AWD model provides the confidence to comfortably road trip further between charging stops.

Meanwhile, the ID.4 still leads on efficiency with its larger 82 kWh battery, yielding 112 MPGe combined for RWD versions or 103 MPGe with AWD. Compared to base Mach-E RWD at 100 MPGe or 93 MPGe for AWD, the ID.4 lets you stretch those kilowatts further per mile driven. That saves money on your home electricity bill or public charging costs.

Performance and Handling

The Mustang Mach-E also brings a more dynamic driving experience compared to VW‘s comfort-oriented crossover. Available 346 horsepower rockets the Mach-E to 60 mph in a hot hatch rivalling 4.8 seconds – much quicker than the ID.4‘s best effort of 5.7 seconds to 60 mph.

Thanks to its low-slung battery pack design, the Mach-E also handles curves with confidence. Its balanced chassis delivers sports car-like grip that lives up to the Mustang badge. Ride quality remains smooth, but with sharper reflexes than the softly sprung ID.4. Ford offers Performance Edition models with even stickier summer performance tires and racetrack-ready upgrades too.

Charging Comparison

Both SUVs replenish batteries rapidly at DC fast charging stations, unlocking longer road trip driving. Their charging curves align closely in my experience:

10 min: Add about 50 miles

20 mins: Add ~100 miles

45 mins: 20-80% charge

The Mustang Mach-E technically charges a bit quicker at its 150 kW max rate. But I‘ve found at common 150+ kW stations, both models charge similarly up to about 80% in 40 minutes or less. Home and public Level 2 charging times are also comparable using the included chargers.

Tech, Safety & Driver Assistance

The Mach-E‘s prominent 15.5" vertically oriented touchscreen looks slick, but takes time to master. Its graphics overwhelm, while menu structures induce headaches until you learn the logic. Smartphone compatibility via Android Auto or Apple CarPlay alleviates some challenges. Still, I prefer the ID.4‘s more intuitive, tactile controls with nicely integrated 10" touchscreen and digital gauge cluster.

Both EVs provide a robust set of standard advanced driver assistance features today like…

Mustang Mach-E: Pre-collision assist, blind spot warning, lane centering

ID.4: Forward collision warning, active lane control, adaptive cruise control

Higher trim ID.4s add extras like Park Assist Plus with auto-park, while the Mach-E GT models an upgraded BlueCruise hands-free driver assist system. Ultimately, you get strong standard safety tech with both picks here.

Dimensions & Cargo Space

The Mustang Mach-E cuts a sportier profile compared to the boxier ID.4, but at the expense of some function. Rear headroom and legroom measure slightly tighter in the Mach-E, while its raked rear roofline pinches down cargo space.

Mustang Mach-E cargo dimensions:

  • 29 cu ft rear cargo area
  • 4.8 cu ft drainable front trunk

VW ID.4 cargo dimensions:

  • 30.3 cu ft rear cargo hold
  • No front trunk, but under hood storage fits essential charging cables

On size, the ID.4 also measures a bit longer nose-to-tail which pays some packaging dividends. Overall passenger and luggage space favor Volkswagen‘s expertise in maximizing interior functionality.

Ownership Considerations

Both SUVs carry identical 3 year, 36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper and 8 year, 100,000 mile battery warranties, plus 5 year/60,000 mile complimentary roadside assistance. No clear advantage here.

However, VW ID.4 owners can take advantage of 3 years free charging at Electrify America‘s DC fast charging network – potentially worth over $800 in fuel savings. Mach-E owners still get two years free access to the FordPass charging network, but it‘s smaller with fewer 150+ kW stations suitable for fast charging equipped models.

Weighing the Pros and Cons

Now that we‘ve dissected some key metrics, let‘s sum up the standout pros each vehicle brings to the table – along with their principal compromises.

Ford Mustang Mach-E


  • Extended range RWD model offers 300+ miles EPA range
  • Optional Performance packages dial up acceleration, grip
  • Lower, wider Mustang-inspired design looks fantastic
  • New BlueCruise hands-free highway driving assist
  • $7,500 federal tax credit plus state incentives


  • Constrained rear seat and cargo dimensions
  • Base model I tested lacks power for 4,800 lb SUV
  • Finicky tilt-screen distracts drivers until acclimated
  • Ride quality firmer than expected over bumps
  • Build quality not on par with VW rivals

Volkswagen ID.4


  • 280 mile range plus superb MPGe efficiency
  • Roomy interior with sliding rear bench
  • Simpler, tactile controls quick to master
  • Comfort-oriented suspension filters bumps
  • 3 years free EVgo fast charging worth ~$900


  • Acceleration merely adequate even in AWD guise
  • RWD models lack all-weather traction
  • Peak 125 kW fast charging rate trails segment
  • No front trunk reduces utility
  • Tight squeeze in rear middle seat

The Verdict: Why VW ID.4 Wins This Matchup

If you‘re an EV enthusiast craving 5-second sprints to 60 mph along with head-turning coupe-like design, the Ford Mustang Mach-E clearly bests Volkswagen‘s electric SUV. Plus, Ford offers handy phone-as-key technology along Mach 1 inspired styling packages on higher Performance Edition trims. For driving enthusiasts, the Mach-E brings the performance goods while reviving an American performance icon.

But for mainstream buyers simply seeking an affordable, fuss-free electric crossover with lots of space and ample range, the 2023 ID.4 takes the win here. Its spacious packaging, user-friendly interior and smooth ride quality feel purpose-built for families. Range anxiety disappears thanks to 280+ miles range and superb efficiency – enabling longer road trips between charging stops.

The ID.4 also costs thousands less comparably equipped. Factor in three years free fast charging at Electrify America stations that Ford can‘t match, and the ID.4 secures its place as our valueEfficiency award winner. If you‘re looking for an electric people-mover with range to roam, Volkswagen‘s ID.4 deserves your attention.

Hopefully this detailed guide gives you the insider‘s perspective needed to pick the right electric SUV for your needs. Let me know if you have any other questions – happy to help explain the nuances that separate these two fantastic EV options.

Review and compare their specs for yourself using my affiliate links below to configurators for the Mustang Mach-E and VW ID.4 on automaker sites.

Analyst Jeff D.
EV Editor, EV News Today

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