2023 Volkswagen ID.4 vs. Tesla Model Y

2023 Volkswagen ID.4

2023 Volkswagen ID.4

2023 Tesla Model Y

2023 Tesla Model Y

2023 Volkswagen ID.4 EV


2023 Tesla Model Y





ID. Light


Intuitive Start



3 years

Free Recharging



The all-electric SUV market is a rapidly growing one, with no shortage of options for your Des Moines and Urbandale drives. But when it comes to elite, all-electric performance and a driving experience that is nothing short of luxurious, the VW ID.4 and the Tesla Model Y are two of the segment’s standouts. You can only put your hard-earned dollar toward the purchase of one of these vehicles–which will it be? To help you decide, our team at Volkswagen of Des Moines compares the 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 vs. Tesla Model Y below.



VW ID.4 vs. Model Y: Price

Understandably, one of the first things most car buyers want to know is cost. And in a showdown between the 2023 Tesla Model Y vs. Volkswagen ID.4, the VW is the more accessibly priced option. The base-level trim of the VW ID.4 starts at $38,995*, while the Tesla has a starting MSRP of $47,740–a nearly $9,000 difference! Here is a breakdown of the Volkswagen ID.4 vs. Tesla Model Y costs by trim level.

Volkswagen ID.4

  • Standard: $38,995 MSRP*
  • Pro: $43,995 MSRP*
  • S: $43,995 MSRP*
  • AWD Pro: $47,795 MSRP*
  • Pro S:$48,995 MSRP*
  • AWD Pro S: $52,795 MSRP*
  • Pro S Plus: $51,445 MSRP*
  • AWD Pro S Plus: $55,245 MSRP*

Tesla Model Y

  • All-Wheel Drive: $47,740 MSRP
  • Long Range: $50,490 MSRP
  • Performance: $54,490 MSRP


VW ID.4 vs. Model Y: Features

While the Model Y has garnered a lot of press in recent years for its tech-forward features, it’s important to remember that many of these features are only available as upgrades and tack significant additional costs onto the Tesla MSRP. Conversely, the VW ID.4 is equipped with a wide range of standard and available amenities designed to enhance your drives in Des Moines and beyond; here are just a few of them:

  • ID. Light: This dashboard lightbar uses visual and audio cues to keep you updated about charging status, incoming calls, and other information.
  • Intuitive Start: Intuitive Start can detect when your key fob is within range. It then wakes up the 12-inch user touchscreen so it’s ready to go when you slide behind the wheel.
  • IQ.DRIVE: Enjoy an array of driver assistance and safety features with IQ.DRIVE, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Active Blind Spot Monitor, and Automatic Braking.


VW ID.4 vs. Model Y: Charging Sessions

Both the Volkswagen and the Tesla run on all-electric drivetrains that will undoubtedly save you a lot of money and time at the gas pump. However, in addition to the savings that come with a lower starting price, the VW ID.4 also includes three years of complementary 30-minute charging sessions at Electrify America DC Fast Charging stations.

Experience the Volkswagen ID.4 at Volkswagen of Des Moines

As you can see in this matchup of the 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 vs. Tesla Model Y, the VW is the clear victor. But don’t just take our word for it. Contact us today to set up a test drive, or stop by our Johnston showroom at your convenience. In the meantime, brush up on your EV knowledge so you can get the best use out of the winning VW ID.4!


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*Starting MSRP of $38,995 for a 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 Standard with single-speed automatic transmission. Prices exclude destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price. HomeStation™ L2 charger and cable not included and require extra installation and wiring costs. 120V (L1) charging hardware also not included with MY23 VW ID.4 and is sold separately. Please see Owner’s Manual for installation and other charging information.
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