2020 New Volkswagen ID.3 Review

5/5

Overview

The ID.3 is a seminal car for Volkswagen as it drives forward towards the new battery-powered era and attempts to silence those critics who are vocal in highlighting the German giant’s lacking in terms of taking electro-mobility seriously. VW does not want the ID.3 to simply look pretty from the corner of the showroom but to be a big seller worldwide. Consequently, there is actually little enough on display that will put off the traditional Golf customer. The ID3 is a five-door, five-seat hatchback, with a boot at the back and a motor underneath. It still fits firmly among the VW family with even the steering wheel and infotainment screen being taken directly from the latest Golf 8.

Pros
  • Extensive list of standard equipment
  • Futuristic exterior design
  • Typical VW pedigree and reliability
  • Grippy handling
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
Cons
  • Styling perhaps not as daring as it should be

Exterior

It is possible for new buyers of the ID.3 to spruce up the bodywork with quirky things like polka-dot graphics, but the overall image of the car is a quite minimalistic, or a grown up version of the Volkswagen Up. Due to the fact that the front of the car does not have to contend with housing a big engine and cooling system, the designers gave the ID.3 short overhangs and an elongated wheelbase, allowing the battery to be placed down below and passengers above. Although its proportions are quite tall, the drag coefficient is merely 0.27, making it aerodynamically excellent. It is a car that can be compact enough to park in the city but substantial enough for long journeys with the family. 

Interior

The high driving position is more like and SUV than a hatchback and creates room for the batteries which give the ID3 that low centre of gravity. It feels more like an SUV inside too with plenty of glass giving the cabin an airy feel and great visibility. The tiered seating arrangement also provides extra comfort for back seat passengers, giving them a better view of the road ahead. The minimalist styling also fits well within the VW family as the touchscreen infotainment system is straight from the Mk8 Golf while the general airiness of the cabin is influenced by the ID3. 

Performance

0 – 100 kilometers per hour is attainable in 7.3 seconds and there is a flat-out speed of 99 miles per hour. It is quiet, serene and smooth while still being brisk enough to drive. 

Reliability

Long-term reliability remains to be seen but all models come with VW’s three year warranty with the first two years unlimited mileage and the third limited to 90,000 kilometers. 

Running Costs

The WLTP claimed range is 260 miles, and it’ll accept charge at anything up to a 100kW rapid charger. On an Irish-spec 7.4kW socked it is estimated at nine hours for a full charge or around four hours for a hundred miles. A minimum of two-hundred miles between charges should be easily attainable. 

Handling

The new ID.3 feels secure and planted on the road and it certainly ‘feels’ rear-wheel drive in an uncorrupted way. The car is squat and firm on the road and you certainly know that it is being propelled from the rear. 

Safety

The ID.3 has not been tested by NCAP yet but we expect it to receive a full five-star rating based on the extensive list of all the latest safety equipment and features that come as standard. 

Summary

Exterior
80%
Interior
80%
Performance
80%
Reliability
90%
Running Costs
90%
Handling
90%
Safety
100%

The ID.3 is a seminal car for Volkswagen as it drives forward towards the new battery-powered era and attempts to silence those critics who are vocal in highlighting the German giant’s lacking in terms of taking electro-mobility seriously. VW does not want the ID.3 to simply look pretty from the corner of the showroom but to be a big seller worldwide. Consequently, there is actually little enough on display that will put off the traditional Golf customer. The ID3 is a five-door, five-seat hatchback, with a boot at the back and a motor underneath. It still fits firmly among the VW family with even the steering wheel and infotainment screen being taken directly from the latest Golf 8.