Kia Niro EV vs Volkswagen ID.4

2023 Kia Niro EV
2023 Kia Niro EV
$39,550MSRP
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2024 Volkswagen ID.4
2024 Volkswagen ID.4
$39,735MSRP
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2023 Kia Niro EV
$39,550MSRP
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2024 Volkswagen ID.4
$39,735MSRP
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Overview

MSRP

$39,550

MSRP

$39,735

Average price

$21,652

Average price

$26,668

Listings

2058

Listings

4965
Ratings & Reviews
User Reviews
User Reviews

Expert reviews

7.2 out of 10

Expert reviews

7.5 out of 10
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Spacious
  • Great warranty
Cons
  • Fairly pedestrian performance
  • All-wheel drive not available
Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Standard advanced safety features
  • Excellent value for money
Cons
  • Unimpressive electric range (base model)
  • Seat-sensor vehicle on/off activation
  • Touch-sensing controls

Reviews Summary

The 2023 Kia Niro enters its second generation with fresh styling and numerous mechanical and tech updates, but it still offers a choice of three powertrains, with the Niro Hybrid, Niro EV, and Niro PHEV plug-in hybrid all returning for 2023. That means a change in focus for the all-electric Niro EV, which is the subject of this review.

The first-generation Niro EV was Kia’s first mass-market electric car not based on an existing gasoline model (the Soul EV paved the way for it). But the redesigned 2023 Kia Niro EV now shares the lineup with the Kia EV6. That model takes aim at more premium EVs like the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5, and Nissan Ariya, leaving the Niro EV to compete with entry-level models, such as the Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV, Volkswagen ID.4, and Nissan’s Leaf.

Available in all 50 states, the 2023 Niro EV launches in whimsically named Wind and Wave trim levels. We spent some time in the higher-level Wave version for this review.

Reviews Summary

Thanks to a new, more powerful rear-drive motor, increased driving range to nearly 300 miles, a next-generation infotainment system with substantial user-experience improvements, and a handful of comfort and convenience upgrades, the 2024 Volkswagen ID.4 is a better electric SUV than before. However, it no longer includes complimentary DC fast charging for three years. Instead, you get up to 500 kWh of free charging, after which you’ll pay to play.

Verdict: While the downgrade in free charging is a bummer, the updated 2024 Volkswagen ID.4 is not. With the technology better sorted, improved comfort, an impressive sound system, and more power, performance, and range, VeeDub’s electric SUV need not make apologies.

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Popular Features & Specs

Engine

201 hp Electric

Engine

Drive Train

FWD

Drive Train

Seating Capacity

5

Seating Capacity

5

EV Battery Capacity

65 kWh

EV Battery Capacity

62 kWh

MPG City

126

MPG City

MPG Highway

101

MPG Highway

Battery Charge Time (120V)

59 hours

Battery Charge Time (120V)

65 hours

Battery Charge Time (240V)

Battery Charge Time (240V)

6.25 hours
2023 Kia Niro EV
2023 Kia Niro EV
$39,550MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2024 Volkswagen ID.4
2024 Volkswagen ID.4
$39,735MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2023 Kia Niro EV
$39,550MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2024 Volkswagen ID.4
$39,735MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
Overview
MSRP
$39,550
$39,735
Average price
$21,652
$26,668
Listings
Ratings & Reviews
User reviews
4.7
4.6
Expert reviews

7.2 out of 10

Read full review

7.5 out of 10

Read full review
Pros & cons
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Spacious
  • Great warranty
Cons
  • Fairly pedestrian performance
  • All-wheel drive not available
Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Standard advanced safety features
  • Excellent value for money
Cons
  • Unimpressive electric range (base model)
  • Seat-sensor vehicle on/off activation
  • Touch-sensing controls
Summary

The 2023 Kia Niro enters its second generation with fresh styling and numerous mechanical and tech updates, but it still offers a choice of three powertrains, with the Niro Hybrid, Niro EV, and Niro PHEV plug-in hybrid all returning for 2023. That means a change in focus for the all-electric Niro EV, which is the subject of this review.

The first-generation Niro EV was Kia’s first mass-market electric car not based on an existing gasoline model (the Soul EV paved the way for it). But the redesigned 2023 Kia Niro EV now shares the lineup with the Kia EV6. That model takes aim at more premium EVs like the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5, and Nissan Ariya, leaving the Niro EV to compete with entry-level models, such as the Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV, Volkswagen ID.4, and Nissan’s Leaf.

Available in all 50 states, the 2023 Niro EV launches in whimsically named Wind and Wave trim levels. We spent some time in the higher-level Wave version for this review.

Thanks to a new, more powerful rear-drive motor, increased driving range to nearly 300 miles, a next-generation infotainment system with substantial user-experience improvements, and a handful of comfort and convenience upgrades, the 2024 Volkswagen ID.4 is a better electric SUV than before. However, it no longer includes complimentary DC fast charging for three years. Instead, you get up to 500 kWh of free charging, after which you’ll pay to play.

Verdict: While the downgrade in free charging is a bummer, the updated 2024 Volkswagen ID.4 is not. With the technology better sorted, improved comfort, an impressive sound system, and more power, performance, and range, VeeDub’s electric SUV need not make apologies.

Shop for a new Volkswagen ID.4

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Popular Features & Specs
Engine
201 hp Electric
Drive Train
FWD
Seating Capacity
5
5
EV Battery Capacity
65 kWh
62 kWh
MPG City
126
MPG Highway
101
Battery Charge Time (120V)
59 hours
65 hours
Battery Charge Time (240V)
6.25 hours
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