Kia EV6 vs Volkswagen ID.4 GTX: interior and infotainment
The £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
The EV6’s cabin has become the template for all new Kia models, with the dual-screen infotainment setup among several features to have made their way into the latest Sportage and Niro SUVs. The pair of curved 12.3-inch display screens dominate the EV6's dashboard: one has a clear and crisp digital instrument panel and the other features a slick and easy-to-use widescreen infotainment system.
Lower down, there’s a touch-sensitive panel that can be used to control both the heating and ventilation as well as the audio. The cabin feels particularly spacious and quality overall is top-notch, with only a few hard or scratchy surfaces to be found if you really go looking. The vast majority of the chrome, fabric and lacquer used feels entirely in keeping with the EV6's premium price, as well as a cut above the ID.4's.
There’s very little to distinguish the range-topping GTX from any other model in the ID.4 range. Inside, you get sports seats with unique upholstery and subtle red highlights to mark it out as a performance model, along with stainless-steel pedals, a sports steering wheel and 30-colour ambient lighting. But the same 5.3-inch digital driver’s display and 10-inch touchscreen found in the regular ID.4 remains.
For a £50,000 car, the GTX’s cabin quality is a real letdown, as it’s largely the same as any other ID.4 – a car whose build and material quality didn’t blow us away, even at the entry-level £35,000 price. Plus, it continues to use the same confusing menu and infuriating, touch-sensitive climate controls we’ve railed against in the past.
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 infotainment - currently readingThe £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