Twin test: Kia EV6 vs Volkswagen ID.4 GTX
The sporty SUV boom continues, with two new electric entries raring to be put to the test – so can either the well tailored EV6 or landmark ID.4 GTX pass muster?
To say these two cars have a lot riding on them would be the understatement of the year – and it’s only January. For a start, the Kia EV6 is the first of a new generation of electric cars from the South Korean brand; it already plans to introduce two more zero-emissions SUVs as follow-ups, the first of which will feature seven seats. The EV6 also has the not-so-small task of distinguishing itself from the highly accomplished Hyundai Ioniq 5 it shares underpinnings with.
Then, there’s the Volkswagen ID.4 GTX. This 2.2-tonne SUV is the German brand's first electric performance car, with similarly potent versions of the ID.5 coupe-SUV and ID.3 hatchback also in the pipeline. But what looms even larger than the ID.4’s responsibility of debuting the GTX badge to the world is the 46-year legacy of beloved GTI models it must live up to.
Pros: Sleek styling, sporty handling, longer range and rapid charging speeds
Cons: Slightly firm ride, ID.4 GTX more practical, headroom for taller occupants
Volkswagen ID.4 GTX
Pros: Practical, instant torque, understated looks
Cons: Not very involving, infuriating infotainment, EV6 charges faster
So, with the stakes clearly established, let’s see if the range-topping versions of these electric SUVs have what it takes to set your trousers on fire in the corners, all while boasting sufficient practicality to manage the school run with ease…
In This Review
- 1Intro - currently readingThe sporty SUV boom continues, with two new electric entries raring to be put to the test – so can either the well tailored EV6 or landmark ID.4 GTX pass muster?
- 2Range and chargingThe EV6’s 300-mile range and class-leading rapid charging capability not only put it ahead of the GTX, but even £100,000 Audis and BMWs
- 3Performance and handlingThe EV6 is one of the most fun-to-drive electric cars we’ve tried; in contrast, the ID.4 fails to meet the expectations of the GTX badge
- 4Space and practicalityWhile the EV6 has a more spacious-feeling cabin, the ID.4 GTX boasts the same impressive practicality as the regular version
- 5Interior and infotainmentThe £50,000 GTX’s cabin feels nearly identical to that of the regular ID.4, while the EV6 has become the template for all new Kias for very good reasons
- 6Running costs and warrantyWith a comprehensive seven-year warranty and better efficiency, the EV6 triumphs over the GTX once again
- 7Safety and reliabilityA five-star Euro NCAP rating for the ID.4 and an extensive list of standard kit put both these sporty zero-emissions SUV in good stead when it comes to safety
- 8Verdict and specificationsThe EV6 effortlessly claims victory in this pure-electric head-to-head, offering a more involving driving experience, better on-board technology and a superior cabin to the ID.4 GTX