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The Kia EV6 is the brand’s first dedicated electric vehicle and its top-spec GT-Line AWD variant was the winner of Wheels Car of the Year in 2022.
Ford Mustang Mach-E v Tesla Model Y v Kia EV6 v VW ID.4: Spec battle!
Ford's Mustang Mach-E electric SUV is finally confirmed for Australia – so how does it stack up against a few potential rivals?
Traditional carmakers are paying strong attention to electric vehicles, and both Ford and Volkswagen are expanding availability globally – with both announcing big news for Australia this week.
Electric vehicle (EV) take-up continues to be slowed by market preferences and minimal incentives in Australia, pushing supply towards more EV-friendly regions.
Ford has confirmed the Mustang Mach-E will arrive from “later this year (2023)”, while Volkswagen claims the ID.4 – and its ID.5 coupe SUV sibling – are due in the first half of 2024.
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There’s no need to guess pricing for the Model Y and EV6, as both vehicles are available in Australia.
Both start around $70,000 before on-road costs, rising to $100,000 for the performance-orientated flagships.
As for the Mustang Mach-E, it is a bit harder to estimate, but our calculations – based on UK and US pricing – suggest a price between $70,000 and $110,000 before on-roads.
Exact spec hasn't been locked in, but expect the first batch to match the Pro Performance trim offered in Europe, with a 77kWh battery and a driving range of around 520 kilometres.
The flagship GTX will arrive later.
As such, we'd estimate a price between $60,000 for the entry ID.4 and $80,000 for the GTX – similar to the R-Line and R, respectively.
All estimated prices exclude on-road costs (taxes, registration, third-party insurance and dealer delivery charges) and EV incentives, which are subject to change.
As the table below shows, the Kia EV6 is the most powerful, with the flagship GT grade packing a serious punch.
It is followed by the Mach-E and Model Y, which pack a similar punch to provide some serious performance at around $100,000 for the most-powerful versions.
However, the Volkswagen ID.4 still has respectable outputs, and the GTX is pitched as an electric alternative to the traditional Golf GTI.
All vehicles are closely matched for claimed driving range, with the most-powerful Mach-E, EV6 and ID.4 variants having a compromised range in favour of added performance.
Here, the Ford Mustang Mach-E is shown to be a more spacious offering, with a large-sized footprint similar to the Tesla Model Y and Kia EV6 and, compared to the smaller Volkswagen ID.4, which is likely to slot into the medium SUV category in Australia.
With an 800-volt architecture, the Kia EV6 supports 350kW ultra-rapid fast charging – allowing it to charge from 10 to 80 per cent in just 18 minutes.
However, it can be difficult to reach these speeds – particularly in Australia.
The Model Y, meanwhile, fully supports Tesla’s Supercharger network, with a 250kW maximum allowing for a top-up in around 30 minutes.
As for the Mach-E and ID.4, a public DC charger should top up the battery of each vehicle from 10 to 80 per cent in around 40 minutes.
This is due to a charging rate around 135kW to 150kW in both vehicles, allowing for a quicker charge than a standard 50kW unit.
For charging at home, all vehicles have a maximum 11kW AC charge rate.
Ford Mustang Mach-E
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Tesla Model Y
The Tesla Model Y and Kia EV6 are both covered by a five-star ANCAP safety rating, while the Mustang Mach-E and ID.4 have five-star Euro NCAP ratings.
Testing for the Model Y was performed in 2022, while the EV6, Mustang Mach-E and ID.4 were crashed in 2021.
The safety results for the latter two would likely carry across to ANCAP when the vehicles launch in Australia.
Key safety equipment includes; autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control and traffic sign recognition.
A 360-degree camera is available on all vehicles – but it is omitted from the entry-level EV6 Air in Australia.
While the Tesla Model Y has the largest boot at 854 litres, this measurement is up to the roof – while others are typically measured to the top of the seats.
Despite the notable difference in dimensions between the ID.4 and Mustang Mach-E, it is the Volkswagen that has a larger boot – largely due to the Ford’s coupe-like roofline.
Both the Ford and Tesla offer a front boot, adding extra practicality. There is no need to pack an esky in the Mach-E, as it can be filled with ice, with a drain plug to remove water.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The KIA EV6 ranges in price from $72,590* for the Air, and $88,392* for the GT-Line AWD
*Pricing excludes stamp duty, other government charges and options. Prices subject to change.
The KIA EV6 was built in Korea
The KIA EV6 has a 5 ANCAP crash safety rating
The KIA EV6 is available in electric fuel types
The KIA EV6 has 5 doors
The KIA EV6 is available with boot spaces between 480 litres - 490 litres