The Mainstreamers: Chevy Bolt EUV versus VW ID4 versus Ford Mustang Mach-E

Consumer acceptance of electric vehicles has long been a challenge. Although there are several reasons for this, two stand out as major roadblocks: exorbitant pricing compared to identical gasoline-propelled vehicles and limited driving range.

Both, though, are virtually a thing of the past, with EV prices and ranges approaching those of their gasoline-powered equivalents. Do you require proof? Look no farther than the 2021 Volkswagen ID4, 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV, and 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, which are all united here. Each one costs less than $45,000 (before government incentives), and when completely charged, it can drive more than 200 miles.

These three electric SUVs aren’t direct competitors, with the Bolt EUV’s 169.5-inch length occupying the subcompact SUV market, the ID4’s 180.5-inch length occupying the compact SUV segment, and the Mustang Mach-185.6-inch E’s length occupying the two-row midsize SUV segment.

So, why are these three two-wheel-drive EVs being compared? Because there aren’t many affordable, all-electric SUVs on the market now, shoppers interested in this developing segment are likely to shop around, at least for the time being.

Because of its tiny size, some may dismiss the Bolt EUV outright, but others may see the little Chevy’s $33,995 base price cheapest of any electric SUV available on the market reason- as enough to give it a closer look. After all, the $8,000-$10,000 you will be able to save over a standard ID4 or Mustang Mach-E, which begin at $41,995 and $43,995, respectively, can be used to add a lot of equipment to a Bolt EUV.

Alternatively, some consumers may place a higher emphasis on driving range than a lesser price or more features. Even though Bolt EUV’s 65-kWh battery pack enables it to achieve an EPA-rated range of 247 miles, it’s still a long way from the maximum attainable driving ranges of the bigger ID4 (260 miles) as well as Mach-E (305 miles).

This is precisely only the base rear-drive ID4 Pro’s 82-kWh battery pack is EPA-rated for 260 miles of driving range. (The rear-drive ID4 Pro S, which has an identical battery, has a range of 250 miles.) Then there’s the Mustang Mach-E Select, which gets 230 miles out of its 76-kWh battery pack, which is 17 miles less than the Bolt EUV. Only the $51,500 Mustang Mach-E California Route 1 surpasses the 305-mile milestone, thanks to its larger 99-kWh battery pack, single rear-mounted motor, and trim-specific package. Here is a summary of the features of each EV:

 

2021 Volkswagen ID4

  • Engine: Electric Motor
  • Passenger capacity: 5
  • Body Type: Wagons
  • Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive
  • Base Price: $33,995/$43,685
  • Power (SAE net): 200 hp
  • Torque (SAE net: 266 lb-ft
  • Length x Width x Height : 169.5 x 69.7 x 63.6 in
  • Accel, 0-60 mph: 6.7 sec
  • Braking, 60-0 mph: 133 ft

2021 Volkswagen ID4

  • Engine: Electric Motor
  • Passenger capacity: 5
  • Body Type: Sport utility vehicle (SUV)
  • Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Base Price: $41,190/$41,190
  • Power (SAE net): 201 hp
  • Torque (SAE net: 229 lb-ft
  • Length x Width x Heigh: 180.5 x 72.9 x 64.4 in
  • Accel, 0-60 mph: 7.3 sec
  • Braking, 60-0 mph: 120 ft

 

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV

  • Engine: Electric Motor
  • Passenger capacity: 5
  • Body Type: Sport utility vehicle (SUV)
  • Drivetrain: Front wheel drive
  • Base Price: $33,995/$43,685
  • Power (SAE net): 200 hp
  • Torque (SAE net: 266 lb-ft
  • Length x Width x Heigh: 169.5 x 69.7 x 63.6 in
  • Accel, 0-60 mph: 6.7 sec
  • Braking, 60-0 mph: 133 ft

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