Kia EV6 vs Volkswagen ID.4 GTX: space and practicality
While the EV6 has a more spacious-feeling cabin, the ID.4 GTX boasts the same impressive practicality as the regular version
The ID.4 GTX tops the EV6 practicality-wise, with the VW boasting 543 litres of boot space compared to the Kia’s 480 litres. You get 20 litres of extra space under the bonnet of the EV6, which is ideal for storing your charging cables, but the load area in the ID.4 is simply much deeper than its rival’s. So, while there’s more of a lip to overcome when loading heavier items, there’s actually more usable space. Moreover, when you fold the rear seats down, there’s 1,575 litres on offer, which is quite a bit more than the 1,260 litres in the EV6.
Wide open, the ID.4’s back doors give you plenty of room in which to wrestle a child seat into place. Access to the mounting points is easier than in the Kia, too, because they’re located behind chunky plastic covers. There’s plenty of room for adults as well, although the centre console intrudes marginally more on occupants’ foot room.
That console stretches towards the front, which makes the driver feel slightly more cocooned than in the EV6. Elsewhere, there are large door bins front and rear, plus two cup-holders between the front seats.
Meanwhile, the EV6’s cabin feels very spacious, thanks to the enormous battery being located under the floor and within the huge nearly three-metre-long wheelbase. The most obvious benefit can be seen in the rear, where there’s lots of legroom – enough that three adults can sit across the rear bench without their feet or knees feeling crushed.
The driver’s seat in the EV6 is able to recline almost fully – ideal for relaxing when topping up the car at a rapid-charging point – and there are plenty of useful cubbies, including a deep recess beneath the 'floating' centre console.
The seats are comfortable as well, and on this top-spec model those in the front feature both heating and cooling functions. However, we did find that the Kia isn't ideal for taller drivers, because even with the driver’s seat in the lowest setting, we had little headroom in our normal driving position, nor could we see the entire digital driver’s display.
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 practicality - currently readingWhile 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