2020 Buick Encore vs 2021 Volkswagen ID.4

2020 Buick Encore
2020 Buick Encore
$23,200MSRP
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2021 Volkswagen ID.4
2021 Volkswagen ID.4
$39,995MSRP
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2020 Buick Encore
$23,200MSRP
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2021 Volkswagen ID.4
$39,995MSRP
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Overview

MSRP

$23,200

MSRP

$39,995

Average price

$17,045

Average price

$24,173

Listings

456

Listings

240
Ratings & Reviews
User Reviews
User Reviews

Expert reviews

Expert reviews

7.3 out of 10
Pros
  • Quiet cabin
  • Fuel-efficient
  • Standard advanced safety features
Cons
  • Unimpressive electric range
  • Unintuitive technology
  • Poor visibility

2020 Buick Encore Reviews Summary

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Reviews Summary

The “Dieselgate” emissions scandal forced Volkswagen to double down on electric cars, and now we’re finally seeing the first result of that: the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 electric crossover.

VW has made an electric car before, but its last attempt, the e-Golf, was built to satisfy emissions standards, not rack up sales. It was barely advertised, and it was sold only in certain states. That’s not the case with the ID.4, which will be available nationwide and will even be built in Tennessee starting in 2022. Volkswagen views the ID.4 as a rival not to other EVs, but to mainstream gasoline vehicles like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.

Being late to the party means there are already several other EVs trying to coax new-car buyers away from internal combustion, however. If you want a reasonably-priced EV, the Nissan Leaf, Hyundai Kona Electric, and Kia Niro EV already exist, and General Motors just announced the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV—a new variant of the Chevy Bolt EV with a crossover body style similar to the Volkswagen.

We tested an ID.4 1st Edition, which commemorates the car’s launch, and an ID.4 PRO S with all-wheel drive (AWD). The 1st Edition is a limited-edition model that has already sold out, but it’s mechanically identical to the ID.4 Pro S AWD, albeit with power sent only to the rear wheels.

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Popular Features & Specs

Engine

1.4L 138 hp I4

Engine

201 hp Electric

Drive Train

FWD

Drive Train

RWD

Seating Capacity

5

Seating Capacity

5

Horsepower

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

Horsepower

EV Battery Capacity

EV Battery Capacity

82 kWh

MPG City

25

MPG City

104

MPG Highway

30

MPG Highway

89

Battery Charge Time (240V)

Battery Charge Time (240V)

8 hours
2020 Buick Encore
2020 Buick Encore
$23,200MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2021 Volkswagen ID.4
2021 Volkswagen ID.4
$39,995MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2020 Buick Encore
$23,200MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2021 Volkswagen ID.4
$39,995MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
Overview
MSRP
$23,200
$39,995
Average price
$17,045
$24,173
Listings
Ratings & Reviews
User reviews
4.1
4.7
Expert reviews

7.3 out of 10

Read full review
Pros & cons
Pros
  • Quiet cabin
  • Fuel-efficient
  • Standard advanced safety features
Cons
  • Unimpressive electric range
  • Unintuitive technology
  • Poor visibility
Summary

The “Dieselgate” emissions scandal forced Volkswagen to double down on electric cars, and now we’re finally seeing the first result of that: the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 electric crossover.

VW has made an electric car before, but its last attempt, the e-Golf, was built to satisfy emissions standards, not rack up sales. It was barely advertised, and it was sold only in certain states. That’s not the case with the ID.4, which will be available nationwide and will even be built in Tennessee starting in 2022. Volkswagen views the ID.4 as a rival not to other EVs, but to mainstream gasoline vehicles like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.

Being late to the party means there are already several other EVs trying to coax new-car buyers away from internal combustion, however. If you want a reasonably-priced EV, the Nissan Leaf, Hyundai Kona Electric, and Kia Niro EV already exist, and General Motors just announced the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV—a new variant of the Chevy Bolt EV with a crossover body style similar to the Volkswagen.

We tested an ID.4 1st Edition, which commemorates the car’s launch, and an ID.4 PRO S with all-wheel drive (AWD). The 1st Edition is a limited-edition model that has already sold out, but it’s mechanically identical to the ID.4 Pro S AWD, albeit with power sent only to the rear wheels.

Video
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Popular Features & Specs
Engine
1.4L 138 hp I4
201 hp Electric
Drive Train
FWD
RWD
Seating Capacity
5
5
Horsepower
138 hp @ 4900 rpm
EV Battery Capacity
82 kWh
MPG City
25
104
MPG Highway
30
89
Battery Charge Time (240V)
8 hours
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