The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
The interior of the Volkswagen ID.3 has a futuristic feel without being so revolutionary that it’ll scare anyone with an acute fear of change. It's a spartan affair: there's a digital pod behind the steering wheel with a small but clear 5.3in display that shows the speed, range and sat-nav instructions, and a rotary-style gear selector on the side, just like in the BMW i3.
In terms of layout, the position of the driver’s seat in relation to the steering wheel and pedals is very good, leaving you sitting relaxed at the wheel. Height and reach adjustment for the wheel is standard. If you want front seats with adjustable lumbar support, you’ll need to splash out on the range-topping Max or Tour trim. We didn’t have any back problems after a couple of hours in the saddle, though – in fact, our only complaint with the seats is that they don’t have a great deal of side support during brisk cornering.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
Seeing out of the front of the ID.3 is pretty easy. Its deep windscreen and slim front pillars afford you a largely unobstructed view of the road ahead. They are heavily angled, though, so taller individuals might find that they get in the way a little at T-junctions.
The rear pillars are thicker and the rear screen a little shallow, but parking sensors (front and rear) come as standard on all models, while only entry-level Life trim misses out on a rear-view camera. All models do, though, get bright LED headlights.