Volkswagen ID.4 vs. Chevy Bolt: What Are The Differences?

When it comes to choosing a new electric vehicle, where do you start? Should you buy an SUV, hatchback, or wagon? We take a look at the Volkswagen ID.4 vs. Chevy Bolt.
Written by Elaine Duvet
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
At first glance, it may be hard to see much of a difference between these
electric vehicles
. Each 2022 model has its pros and cons and as a new
car buyer
, it’s important to know what you’re getting into. 
, the
car ownership super app
, explores the Volkswagen ID.4 vs. Chevy Bolt.

The Volkswagen ID.4 vs. Chevy Bolt: Motors and range

The 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 is the first North American SUV from the
manufacturer. It’s loaded with lots of impressive technology and boasts a stylish design. The practical compact crossover offers lots of ready-to-use space for drivers. 
According to
Kelley Blue Book (KBB)
, “There are single-motor rear-wheel drive (RWD) and dual-motor all-wheel drive (AWD) options for the ID.4, both of which are available for either of the two available trims. The dual-motor AWD setup offers more performance and better all-weather traction.”
Drivers who opt for the single motor will get an 82-kWh lithium-ion battery pack with 201 hp and 229 lb-ft of torque. The dual electric motors also include an 82-kWh lithium-ion battery pack with 295 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque. The crossover also gets an EPA of 98 mpg in the city and 88 mpg on the highway. 
The 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 also has a range of 280 miles per charge. And with the ID.4 Pro S, you can expect a range of about 268 miles and 251 miles with the all-wheel-drive (AWD) Pro. 
The 2022 Chevy Bolt has a better range than the ID.4 with the opportunity for 120 mpg per charge and 115 mpg for the Electric Utility Vehicle (EUV) version. According to
Consumer Reports
, “With the equivalent of 200-electrified horses on tap, this small hatchback accelerates with gusto and at 6.8 seconds from zero to 60 mph, it's as quick as some sports sedans.”
The EUV is heavier, so while it's not as quick, it does offer easy access and a roomier seat. “Some might find that the Bolt EUV falls short of its promise because it lacks key SUV attributes, such as increased ground clearance, extra cargo space compared to the standard Bolt, and available all-wheel drive,” Consumer Reports tells us.
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The Volkswagen ID.4 vs. Chevy Bolt: Interior and standard safety features

If we’re talking comfort, the Volkswagen ID.4 received higher ratings overall. Testers noted excellent noise reduction in the cabin, super comfy front and rear seats, and excellent access.
The ID.4’s interior is simple, yet contemporary with ambient lighting and front cloth seats with heat. The cabin feels playful, and Pro S models offer 12-way power-adjustable front seats with memory functionality and upscale faux-leather upholstery.
It’s hard to believe that you can fit eight carry-on suitcases behind the rear seats and 26 when the rear seats are folded down. 
As far as safety features, the standard IQ.DRIVE suite features include lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking. Blind-spot warning also comes standard. The Volkswagen ID.4 cockpit is an informative and digital instrument display that comes standard as well.
The Chevy Bolt is a silent ride that doesn’t look as cheap or flimsy as previous models. With a two-tone black and blue color theme and a glossy infotainment screen, drivers can kick back and relax thanks to center-stack climate controls. However, there are still a lot of hard plastic panels, and the finishes are not considered luxury by any means
The Bolt gives drivers a commanding view of the road with lots of headroom. But its chunky rear-roof pillars may hinder part of your rear three-quarter view. At least it comes with a backup cam.
For the most part, the Chevy Bolt’s infotainment is intuitive and easy to use. The 10.2-inch screen features vibrant large icons with a black background and a split-view home screen. Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard, while a wireless charger is optional. 
According to Consumer Reports, “The Bolt has forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection as standard equipment. Blindspot warning and rear cross-traffic warning come standard on the more expensive 2LT trim, though both are optional on the base 1LT.”
MORE: There's Only 1 EV on the 2021 List of Safest SUVs

Which EV is right for you? 

When compared to the Bolt, the ID.4 has a much higher starting price with a range from $41,230 to $49,410. On the other hand, you can find the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt for $31,500 to $34,700 and the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV for $33,500 to $38,000.
The Bolt also received a higher overall score from
Consumer Reports
. The Bolt and the Bolt EUV scored a 62 and 65, while the ID.4 came in at 59. However, the Volkswagen did earn higher marks in its road test and for owner satisfaction. Interestingly, all three models got a 2 out of 5 for reliability. 
We should also point out that the ID.4 is an IIHS Safety Ratings top safety pick and received five out of five stars with its NHTSA Safety Rating. 
So which one ultimately wins out when it comes to the Volkswagen ID.4 vs. Chevy Bolt? If you’re looking for an electric vehicle with AWD, powerful performance, and a little more space, the 2022 Volkswagen ID.4 is a great choice. Especially if you don’t mind shelling out a little more cash for the extra space. 
But if you’re budget conscious and would rather have a higher EPA for your hard-earned dollars, the Chevy Bolt is a classic choice for good tech. It can also fit into tight parking spots in the city. Bonus.
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