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2021 Ford Explorer vs. 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Review

Picture of the 2021 Ford Explorer

2021 Ford
Explorer

MSRP*: $32,925 to $54,600
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Picture of the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4

2021 Volkswagen
ID.4

MSRP*: $39,995 to $48,175
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Invoice* $31,938 to $52,416 $38,396 to $46,248
MPG - City 18 - 23 MPG 104 - 107 MPG
MPG - Hwy 24 - 28 MPG 89 - 91 MPG
Seating Capacity 6 - 7 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 87.8 ft3 64.2 ft3
Engine 3.3-liter V-6 (regular gas), Inline-4, V-6 201-hp, (electric), 295-hp, (electric)
Transmission Auto Manual, Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Four-wheel, Rear-wheel All-wheel, Rear-wheel
Horsepower 300 - 400 hp 201 - 295 hp
Towing Capacity 5,300 - 5,600 lbs 2,200 - 2,700 lbs
Exterior Length 198.8 in 180.5 in
Exterior Width 78.9 in 72.9 in
Leg Room Front 43.0 in
Rear 39.0 in
Front 41.1 in
Rear 37.6 in
Head Room Front 40.7 in
Rear 40.5 in
Front 41.1 in
Rear 38.4 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** Info not available
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** Info not available
Side Crash Rating** ***** Info not available

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Rear passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Ford Explorer than in the Volkswagen ID.4. The Ford Explorer offers just a little more front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen ID.4, making it a little more comfortable for the driver and front passenger.

Convenience
Due to the larger tank size and better fuel economy of the Ford Explorer, you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Volkswagen ID.4.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Ford Explorer is somewhat more expensive than the Volkswagen ID.4. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Ford Explorer will cost more in terms of transportation costs than the Volkswagen ID.4.

Dimensions
Since the Ford Explorer is much wider than the Volkswagen ID.4, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. If you go with the Ford Explorer, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Volkswagen ID.4.

Performance
When considering towing capacity, the Ford Explorer is clearly the choice over the Volkswagen ID.4 for pulling heavy loads. When it comes to horsepower, the Ford Explorer greatly out-muscles the Volkswagen ID.4.

Powertrain
Due to its much higher torque, the Ford Explorer does a much better job of transmitting its engine's horsepower to its wheels than the Volkswagen ID.4.

Utility
The Ford Explorer offers greater seating capacity than the Volkswagen ID.4, making it a better choice for those who find themselves chauffeuring others around. With the Ford Explorer, you'll be able to haul more equipment or luggage than the Volkswagen ID.4.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Ford Explorer is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Volkswagen ID.4.