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Kia EV6 vs Volkswagen ID.4 GTX: safety and reliability

A 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

We’ve yet to hear the Euro NCAP crash-test rating for the Kia EV6, but we expect a very high score. Not only because the Hyundai Ioniq 5 that shares its underpinnings received five stars out of five in October 2021, but also because the EV6 has a lengthy standard kit list, including blind-spot warning, lane-keeping assistance, autonomous cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, parking sensors and a parking camera.

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The ID.4, meanwhile, has been tested by Euro NCAP and received the maximum five-star score, with strong results for the protection of adults (93%) and children (89%), as well as safety assistance (85%). It also comes with lots of kit, including adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance, a reversing camera and autonomous emergency braking – but you don’t get blind-spot assistance as standard like you do in the Kia.

In the 2021 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, Kia as a brand came in second place overall out of 29, which means the ownership experience should be excellent. The brand’s dealers also scored well in the survey, and as with all Kias, the EV6 gets a seven-year/100,000-mile warranty, which few others come close to matching.

On the other hand, Volkswagen as a brand did poorly in the most recent Driver Power survey, coming in 17th place – well behind Kia. Plus, you only get a three-year warranty on the ID.4, although the battery is covered for eight years. Both the EV6 and ID.4 are too new to have appeared individually in the survey, so we don’t have specific satisfaction scores for either just yet.

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Richard is editor of DrivingElectric, as well as sister site Carbuyer.co.uk, and a regular contributor to Auto Express. An electric and hybrid car advocate, he spent more than five years working on the news and reviews desk at Auto Express and has driven almost every new car currently on sale.

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