Volkswagen ID.3 review

Category: Electric car

Section: Passenger & boot space

Available fuel types:electric
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Volkswagen ID.3 2021 rear seats
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Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

Front space

There’s more than enough space in the front of the Volkswagen ID.3. If you’re six feet tall, or even a bit more, you should have enough head and leg room. 

There’s pretty good storage space available, as well. A large chunk of that is in the centre console, which has various cubbies and the ubiquitous cup-holders. The glovebox is a decent size, as are the door bins.

Rear space

The ID.3 is roughly the same length as a VW Golf and is about as roomy as the Golf in the back. There’s space for taller passengers to sit behind anyone equally tall without feeling squished, but there's not a lot of head or leg room going spare. 

To give you some context, a Kia Soul EV is roomier, as is a Tesla Model 3. A Nissan Leaf has more leg room, but not as much head room, while a Renault Zoe is tighter in the back all round. With three rear adult passengers on board, there won’t be a lot of shoulder room to spare, but the middle passenger will appreciate the flat floor with no central tunnel to straddle. 

Storage amenities include smallish door bins plus (in all but City and Life trim) map pockets and pockets for mobile phones stitched into the rear of the front seats.

Volkswagen ID.3 2021 rear seats

Seat folding and flexibility

There’s not a huge amount to report here. You get 60/40-split rear seats as standard, which are not as useful as 40/20/40 seats, but the addition of a ski hatch does give you more options for carrying longer loads with passengers. Sadly, this handy load-through feature isn’t available on City and Life trim.

There aren’t sliding or reclining rear seats, which you can get in SUVs of an equivalent price.

Boot space

The boot is about the same size as a VW Golf’s, which is fine for the typical requirements of fitting a buggy, the weekly shopping or a couple of reasonable-sized suitcases. The Nissan Leaf’s boot is bigger and the Tesla Model 3’s is in a different league if you need lots of cargo capacity.

What is useful is the height-adjustable boot floor that comes as standard on Family, Max, Style and Tour trims. When it’s raised, it reduces the load lip and gives you a flat floor if the rear seats are folded, but, most importantly for an electric car, it provides somewhere to stow away the charging cables.

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