Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
Cheaper versions of the Volkswagen ID.3 that compete with the Mazda MX-30, MG 5 and Renault Zoe qualify for the Government's electric car grant. The grant also applies to Life versions of our favourite Pro Performance 58kWh battery, which is available for a similar price to the Nissan Leaf 62kWh. The range-topping Pro S 77kWh model is priced in line with pricier versions of the Kia e-Niro and the entry-level Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus. In effect, there's an ID.3 for everyone.
As an electric car, the ID.3 will save you a heap of cash over a petrol or diesel, not just in fuel costs but also in company car tax. Current tax breaks mean benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax will be extremely reasonable for at least the next few years. The ID.3 should look after private buyers too, thanks to seriously slow predicted depreciation, and strong resale values mean competitive PCP finance rates.
The Model 3 can charge even faster, and Tesla's Supercharger network is the best at the moment in terms of reliability and proliferation.
Equipment, options and extras
Despite being the lowest trim level, Life is sufficiently well equipped to make it the one we’d go for. As standard, you get a multifunction steering wheel, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, power-folding door mirrors, the front and rear parking sensors and the 10in infotainment system.
Stepping up to Family trim introduces some particularly useful kit including two-zone climate control, while Max trim gets all the goodies, including adaptive suspension and progressive steering as part of a Sports pack. It's expensive, though, and so too is Tour trim, which is only available with the largest battery.