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2022 Volkswagen ID.4 vs. Tesla Model Y

2022 Volkswagen Id.4 vs the 2022 Tesla Model Y
2022 Volkswagen ID.4 EV


2022 Tesla Model Y





ID. Light


Intuitive Start



3 years

Free Recharging


Electric vehicles are more popular than ever in Des Moines and beyond, and two of the most in-demand SUVs right now are the Volkswagen ID.4 and Tesla Model Y. These two models are back for 2022, with the Model Y being the newest Tesla and the ID.4 being the first-ever electric Volkswagen. They’re both great choices for drivers looking to upgrade to an EV, but only one will ultimately best suit your driving needs. The team at Lithia Volkswagen of Des Moines has put together a guide comparing the VW vs. Tesla in terms of price, performance, features, and more. So, if you’re stuck deciding between a Volkswagen and a Tesla in Des Moines, we’ve got you covered. Read on for our electric SUV comparison!


VW ID.4 vs. Tesla Model Y: Price and Trims

Price is usually one of the first things that drivers consider when comparing two vehicles, and there’s a glaring difference in cost between the VW vs. Tesla. The ID.4 starts at $40,760 (which can be potentially lessened to $33,260 with the federal tax credit), while the Model Y starts at $58,690, making the ID.4 around $18,000 cheaper. For drivers who are on a budget but still want a high-performing electric vehicle, the ID.4 is the way to go. Here’s the full list of available trims and their price tags:

2022 Tesla Model Y

  • Long Range: $58,690 MSRP
  • Performance: $63,690 MSRP

2022 Volkswagen ID.4

  • Pro: $40,760 MSRP*
  • Pro S: $45,260 MSRP*
  • Pro Swith Gradient: $46,760 MSRP*

2022 VW vs. Tesla: Features

Both the Volkswagen ID.4 and Tesla Model Y have plenty of high-tech features, but you’ll find that most of the Tesla’s best features come only as add-ons for a much higher price tag. For example, if you want the Tesla’s famous Full Self-Driving Capability, expect to pay as much as $12,000 extra! The Volkswagen ID.4 specifications come with a long list of standard features that don’t come at an enormous extra cost, such as:

  • ID. Light: This light bar runs across the length of your dashboard, using various audiovisual cues to give you helpful alerts and allow you to monitor your ride.
  • Intuitive Start: When your ID.4 senses your key fob is near, it will automatically wake up and cue up the 12-inch infotainment touchscreen for your convenience. 
  • IQ.DRIVE: This state-of-the-art driver assistance suite of safety features acts as a virtual copilot when you’re on the road, including Adaptive Cruise Control and Active Blind Spot Monitor

2022 VW vs. Tesla: Charging

Two of the most important abilities of any electric vehicle are range and charging. While the Tesla Model Y has a longer electric range–330 miles to the ID.4’s 280 miles–Volkswagen offers some important savings on charging sessions.

If you buy a new 2022 Volkswagen ID.4, you’ll also get 3 years of included 30-minute charging sessions (from the date of purchase) at the network of Electrify America DC Fast Charging Stations in the Urbandale and beyond, at no additional cost!

Find Your Next EV at Lithia Volkswagen of Des Moines

If you want to learn more about the Volkswagen ID.4 specifications, features, or capability, feel free to contact our office! You can also reach out to learn more about our inventory of new and pre-owned Volkswagen vehicles. If you want to see how the electric Volkswagen handles on the road, contact us or stop by our dealership to set up a test drive around West Des Moines! Finally, if you want to get a jump-start on the process of bringing a new VW ID.4 home for yourself, you can apply for financing online.

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*Starting MSRP of $40,760 for a 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro with single-speed automatic transmission. Prices exclude transportation, taxes, title, other options and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.

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