Volkswagen ID.3 review

Category: Electric car

Section: Costs & verdict

Volkswagen ID.3 2021 infotainment
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  • Volkswagen ID.3 2021 infotainment
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  • Volkswagen ID.3 2021 front seats
  • Volkswagen ID.3 2021 boot open
  • Volkswagen ID.3 2021 COTY
  • Volkswagen ID.3 2021 wide rear cornering
  • Volkswagen ID.3 2021 dashboard
  • Volkswagen ID.3 2021 rear seats
  • Volkswagen ID.3 2021 infotainment
  • Volkswagen ID.3 2021 wide cornering
  • Volkswagen ID.3 2021 right panning
  • Volkswagen ID.3 2021 rear tracking
  • Volkswagen ID.3 2021 front seats
  • Volkswagen ID.3 2021 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

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. 

Overview

The Volkswagen ID.3 is a remarkably well-rounded small electric car. Not only is it one one of the few EVs that’s genuinely good fun to drive thanks to its well-weighted steering and fantastic body control, but it feels genuinely zippy too, matching the acceleration of the pricier Kia e-Niro Long Range and pummelling the rest of its key rivals, including the Citroën e-C4 and Peugeot e-208. It’s also surprisingly well-equipped in Life trim and benefits from slow predicted depreciation.

  • Good electric range
  • Sprightly performance
  • Decent to drive
  • Iffy interior quality, especially for the pricier versions
  • Charging network weaker than Tesla’s
  • Infotainment system needs some upgrades