Volkswagen ID 3 long-term test: report 3

When we group tested the Volkswagen ID 3, we were so impressed that we named it Small Electric Car of the Year. But does it continue to cut the mustard during the daily grind?...

Volkswagen ID.3 long term

The car Volkswagen ID 3 Pro Performance Family Run by Allan Muir, managing editor

Why we’re running it To see whether this electric hatchback has the versatility to be Volkswagen’s new people’s car

Needs to Be at least as comfortable and practical as an equivalent Golf and deliver on the promise of a better real-world range than its nearest rivals

Mileage 3085 List price £34,995 Target Price £34,480 Price as tested £37,270 Test range 175 miles 

8 January 2022 – At close range

In my experience, running an electric vehicle (EV) becomes a lot easier if it can cover at least 200 real-world miles between charges. That sort of range means I can pretty much go where I like, when I like without a second thought.

Volkswagen ID.3 long term

And that was what my Volkswagen ID 3 was achieving in the early days, happily dispatching around 220 miles before needing a top-up. But now, with the weather having turned colder, the indicated range has fallen to around 190 miles and the distance I can actually cover between charges to 175 miles. 

Volkswagen ID.3 long term

To be fair, all EVs suffer a similar drop-off in battery performance in cold weather, so it’s no surprise that it has happened to my ID 3 too. And this doesn’t mean I can no longer do some of the journeys that I’d usually do; a 175-mile range is still respectable in comparison with what most other small electric cars can manage in the same conditions. However, that earlier sense of freedom has been diminished somewhat.

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