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.
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.
In This Review
- 1IntroThe 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 reliability - currently readingA 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