2021 Volkswagen ID.4 vs 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE

2021 Volkswagen ID.4
2021 Volkswagen ID.4
$39,995MSRP
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2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE
$56,150MSRP
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2021 Volkswagen ID.4
$39,995MSRP
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2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE
$56,150MSRP
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MSRP

$39,995

MSRP

$56,150

Average price

$24,173

Average price

$55,913

Listings

234

Listings

829
Ratings & Reviews
User Reviews
User Reviews

Expert reviews

7.3 out of 10

Expert reviews

7.7 out of 10
Pros
  • Quiet cabin
  • Fuel-efficient
  • Standard advanced safety features
Cons
  • Unimpressive electric range
  • Unintuitive technology
  • Poor visibility
Pros
  • Powerful engine
  • Impressive technology
Cons
  • Potentially polarizing design
  • Advanced safety features are not standard
  • Poor value for money

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.

2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE Reviews Summary

Once ridiculed and now increasing in popularity at an alarming rate, the SUV coupe, a vehicle type originated by BMW and copied by others to varying degrees of success, is taking over the gated suburban enclaves of America. From Acura (remember the ZDX?) to Volvo (C40 Recharge coming right up), automakers are trying the concept on for size, and it doesn’t always fit. However, the 2022 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe, a low-roofed version of the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class SUV, is one recipe that works.
Popular Features & Specs

Engine

201 hp Electric

Engine

2.0L 255 hp I4

Drive Train

RWD

Drive Train

RWD

Seating Capacity

5

Seating Capacity

7

Horsepower

Horsepower

255 hp @ 5800 rpm

EV Battery Capacity

82 kWh

EV Battery Capacity

MPG City

104

MPG City

19

MPG Highway

89

MPG Highway

27

Battery Charge Time (240V)

8 hours

Battery Charge Time (240V)

2021 Volkswagen ID.4
2021 Volkswagen ID.4
$39,995MSRP
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2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE
$56,150MSRP
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Overview
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2021 Volkswagen ID.4
$39,995MSRP
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2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE
$56,150MSRP
Overview
Overview
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Overview
MSRP
$39,995
$56,150
Average price
$24,173
$55,913
Listings
Ratings & Reviews
User reviews
4.7
4.9
Expert reviews

7.3 out of 10

Read full review

7.7 out of 10

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Pros & cons
Pros
  • Quiet cabin
  • Fuel-efficient
  • Standard advanced safety features
Cons
  • Unimpressive electric range
  • Unintuitive technology
  • Poor visibility
Pros
  • Powerful engine
  • Impressive technology
Cons
  • Potentially polarizing design
  • Advanced safety features are not standard
  • Poor value for money
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.

Once ridiculed and now increasing in popularity at an alarming rate, the SUV coupe, a vehicle type originated by BMW and copied by others to varying degrees of success, is taking over the gated suburban enclaves of America. From Acura (remember the ZDX?) to Volvo (C40 Recharge coming right up), automakers are trying the concept on for size, and it doesn’t always fit. However, the 2022 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe, a low-roofed version of the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class SUV, is one recipe that works.
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Popular Features & Specs
Engine
201 hp Electric
2.0L 255 hp I4
Drive Train
RWD
RWD
Seating Capacity
5
7
Horsepower
255 hp @ 5800 rpm
EV Battery Capacity
82 kWh
MPG City
104
19
MPG Highway
89
27
Battery Charge Time (240V)
8 hours
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