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New Volkswagen ID 3 vs used Tesla Model 3: verdict

If you're shopping for a new electric car, the Volkswagen ID.3 is well worth considering, but for just a little bit more you could have a used Tesla Model 3. Which it the better buy?...

New Volkswagen ID.3 vs used Tesla Model 3

Our verdict

The ID 3 remains a fine choice, with it long range, spacious interior and fine ride and handling balance among the highlights. In fact, we reckon the only small electric car that's better is the closely related Cupra Born.

However, if you don't mind expanding your search to include used cars, the Model 3 would be our recommendation. It's even more enjoyable to drive than the ID 3, comes with a much better infotainment system and makes charging on the go easier, thanks to its ability to access all of Tesla's rapid and reliable Supercharger network. The fact that it's also likely to cost you less in the long run seals the deal.

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1st – Tesla Model 3 

Tesla Model 3 front cornering

For Sharper handling; superior infotainment; easier to charge; rock-solid resale values
Against Costs more to buy; ride is a little firm

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

Read our full used Tesla Model 3 review >> 

Volkswagen ID.3 2021 front

For Tempting price; roomier interior; longer official range; new-car warranty
Against Glitchy touchscreen; cheap feeling plastics

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Volkswagen ID 3 Pro Performance Life

Power: 201bhp
0-62mph: 6.7sec
Top speed: 99mph
Range: 263 miles (WLTP official)
CO2 emissions 0g/km

Used Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus

Power: 252bhp
0-62mph: 6.1sec
Top speed: 140mph
Range: 254 miles (WLTP official)
CO2 emissions 0g/km

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