Car of the Year Awards 2021: Small Electric Car of the Year

This class embraces nimble city cars and handy small cars and continues onwards to encompass everything up to and including family-sized SUVs no more than 4.5 metres long...

WINNER: Small Electric Car of the Year

Volkswagen ID.3 Pro Performance Life

Small Electric Car awards logo

Having taken victory in our group test against the Citroën e-C4 and Kia e-Niro, Volkswagen’s new family hatchback has emerged as the most well-rounded small electric car you can currently buy. The ID.3’s official 263-mile range is among the best in the class (only the pricier Hyundai Kona Electric and e-Niro Long Range are better), while the e-Niro Medium Range can’t go anywhere near as far on a charge.

And what of the ID.3’s other key strengths? For a start, there’s its handling; featuring rear-wheel drive, nicely weighted and accurate steering and fine body control, it’s genuinely fun to drive. It’s right at the sharp end for performance, too, matching the acceleration of the e-Niro Long Range and pummelling the rest of its key rivals, including the e-C4 and Peugeot e-208.

Volkswagen ID.3 2022 interior dashboard

Meanwhile, it’s practical enough to stand comparison with the roomiest cars in the class, and it’ll be cheap to run for both company car drivers and private buyers, thanks to minimal benefit-in-kind tax, slow predicted depreciation and competitive PCP finance rates, with even cheaper versions on the way

We like

> Long official range
> Fun to drive
> Practical interior
> Slow predicted depreciation

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