Used Volkswagen ID.3 2020-present review review

Category: Electric car

Section: What is it like?

Volkswagen ID.3 2020 front cornering
  • Volkswagen ID.3 2020 front cornering
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  • Volkswagen ID.3 2021 front seats
  • Volkswagen ID.3 2021 boot open
  • Volkswagen ID.3 2021 rear tracking
  • Volkswagen ID.3 front cornering
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  • Volkswagen ID.3 2020 front cornering
  • Volkswagen ID.3 2021 dashboard
  • Volkswagen ID.3 2021 front seats
  • Volkswagen ID.3 2021 boot open
  • Volkswagen ID.3 2021 rear tracking
  • Volkswagen ID.3 front cornering
  • Volkswagen ID.3 2021 right panning
Used Volkswagen ID.3 2020-present review review
Star rating

What's the used Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback like?

The Volkswagen ID.3 is the first-born child of the manufacturer’s expanding all-electric ID series. Launched in 2020, it currently serves as VW’s family electric car, replacing the Volkswagen e-Golf.

It’s built on a bespoke electric vehicle (EV) platform, meaning the model is green through and through, and there's not a petrol, diesel or hybrid variant in sight. Exciting stuff, we know – especially now examples are common on the used market.

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 more expensive, though, and so too is Tour trim, which is only available with the largest battery. 

The ID.3 has an excellent turning circle and light steering, so manoeuvring it around town is a breeze. Beyond the urban sprawl, the steering is accurate and sensibly geared, so it’s not a flighty car to thread along B-roads.

It doesn't give much finger-tingling communication or weight build-up when cornering in the default Comfort driving mode, but if you select Sport mode, you get a bit of useful extra heft. Grip is decent and, for an everyday electric hatchback designed to get you from A to B with little drama, the ID.3 handles very well indeed.

A heavy battery requires a stiff suspension set-up to support it, so don’t expect the ID.3 to offer luxury car levels of ride comfort. It’s far from harsh but, around town particularly, it gets choppy over potholes and it frequently fidgets a little on the motorway. 

The interior of the ID.3 has a futuristic feel without being so revolutionary that it’ll scare anyone with an acute fear of change. 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.

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. You get height and reach adjustment for the wheel as standard. If you want front seats with adjustable lumbar support, you’ll need to splash out on getting an example in Max or Tour trim. 

Front and rear passenger space is excellent, with plenty of head and legroom available. The boot is about the same size as the one in the Volkswagen Golf, which is fine for the typical requirements of fitting in a buggy, the weekly shop or a couple of reasonable-sized suitcases. It gets a thumbs up from us.

If you're interested in finding a used ID.3, or any of the other electric cars mentioned here, head over to the Used Car Buying pages to find lots of cars listed for sale at a great price.

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