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Volkswagen ID.3 Review 2021

Replacing the e-Golf, the Volkswagen ID.3 is VW's first electric car based on a bespoke electric platform. 

The five-door hatchback offers everything you need in a family vehicle, including desirable looks, impressive practicality and a usable, real-world range. As such, the ID.3 is a popular lease alternative to the Nissan LEAF, Renault Zoe, Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro.

Our Volkswagen ID.3 review covers:

Volkswagen ID.3 Key Features

  • Striking exterior design with contrasting roof and LED lights
  • Three different battery packs ranging from 45kWh to 77kWh
  • 385-litre boot with 60/40-split rear seats as standard
  • Real-world range from 217 to 336 miles  
  • Five different trim levels including the Life, Style, Family, Max and Tour

Design, Practicality and Boot Space

Slightly larger than the Volkswagen Golf, the ID.3 ushers in a new design language for the ID sub-brand, the contrasting roof and LED lights helping to give the ID.3 a modern, funky and personable appearance. 

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Inside, the ID. 3's short bonnet and pushed out wheels deliver interior space, which is on par with the larger Volkswagen Passat. There's more than enough head and legroom for drivers and passengers, along with plenty of storage cubbies.

Boot space is also impressive at 385 litres with the rear seats raised, making the ID.3 is more than a match for the latest Volkswagen Golf (at 381 litres) and the Ford Focus (at 375 litres). 60/40-split rear seats come as standard, and while they may not be as useful as 40/20/40 seats offered by some of its rivals, a height-adjustable boot floor comes as standard on Family, Max, Style, and Tour trims, giving you somewhere to stow away the charging cables.

Interior and Trims

Inside, the ID.3 boasts a minimalist look with a futuristic feel, although it's a bit too heavy on hard, dull-looking scratchy plastics. A large touchscreen infotainment unit dominates the dash, which, along with a smaller digital instrument display, controls the car's key functions.

The ID.3 is available in five different trim levels, including the Life, Style, Family, Max and Tour. The entry-level Life boasts a generous specification as standard, including a touchscreen navigation infotainment system, comfort pack, and 1-zone Climatronic. The Style trim adds a design pack with tinted windows, LED Matrix headlights, an Assistance Pack including Keyless Advance, a rearview camera, and 18" East Derry alloys.

The mid-spec Family trim will suit most drivers, adding 18" 'Aero' steel wheels, automatic headlight control, 'Air Care Climatronic' 2-zone air conditioning system and a panoramic glass roof into the mix. The top-spec Max and Tour trims add larger wheels and more technology, including an Augmented Reality Head-up Display, a lane-keeping system, and semi-automatic vehicle control in a medical emergency. 

Power and Performance

The ID.3 is available with three different battery packs, named Pure Performance, Pro Performance and Pro S. The smallest 45kWh battery pack, called Pure Performance, is fitted to City and Style trims and delivers 145hp and a claimed range of 217 miles. The mid-spec 'Pro Performance' has a 58kWh battery for 150hp and 263 miles of range. The largest 77kWh battery is called the Pro S and is only available on the flagship Tour model. It delivers 204hp and a claimed 336mile range.  

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In terms of ride, the ID.3 does feel a little firm and uptight over bumps but offers good grip levels and accurate steering. While its heavy battery requires a stiff suspension set-up, it offers a more comfortable ride than the bouncy BMW i3 and jittery Nissan LEAF

Leasing vs Buying

Prices for the new Volkswagen ID.3 start from £36,375.00 OTR* or to lease from £440.29 per month.

Thinking of going green for 2021? Leasing the Volkswagen ID.3 offers many benefits over buying, including fixed monthly rentals, a low initial outlay and the option to change your vehicle every two, three or four years. Nationwide Vehicle Contracts will also deliver your car direct to your door, provided your address is situated on the GB mainland (exclusions apply).

*'On the road' price correct at time of publication and typically includes one year’s road fund license, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Always check with the manufacturer. 

Customer Reviews

Volkswagen ID.3
Average Rating Based on 49 reviews
4.3 out of 5

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Lesley Volkswagen ID.3 107KW Family Pro 58kWh Auto (120kW Ch)

it is impossible to control the car in icy conditions. it is quite alarming how easily it slips and skids with no purchase/ control from gears. i have never driven an automatic car previously and i find ths quite disconcerting. since only in the last week i have been linked to the VW app. i had to attend local VW dealer to have this resolved after numerous attempts at connection. further i do not know all of the functions that are available on the infotainment system as i was given no literature or guidance on this. if any literature is available to explain the functions i would be pleased to receive this. thank you

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4.9 out of 5
Diane Volkswagen ID.3 150kW Life Pro Perform 58kWh Auto (120kW Ch) MY23

The car itself is great. However, we have had a lot of problems with the software (particularly when there is an update). We have had to take it to a dealer twice to try to sort this out but they can't sort it out. I think that this is a known problem for Volkswagen but they don't seem to be able to sort it out. this has resulted in a loss of confidence in the car and we are now nervous about undertaking long journeys in it (which wasn't the case when we first got it).

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Robert Volkswagen ID.3 107KW Life Pro 58kWh Auto

Only real issue with the ID3 is the infotainment system is a bit cranky and annoying to use. Poor screen layout, seems to link to devices even when you don’t want to etc.

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4.3 out of 5
Peter Volkswagen ID.3 150kW Life Pro Perform 58kWh Auto (120kW Ch) MY23

Great car, shame about the software updates and its had a battery failure so I was without it for six weeks and had a petrol car as a replacement at that time, all fixed and good now. Would not go back to a petrol or diesel car again.

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4.7 out of 5
Danielle Volkswagen ID.3 150kW Life Pro Perform 58kWh Auto (120kW Ch) MY23

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Mandy Volkswagen ID.3 107KW Life Pro 58kWh Auto

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4.3 out of 5
Gary Volkswagen ID.3 107KW Life Pro 58kWh Auto

Range is less than anticipated, but overall very pleased with vehicle.

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4.6 out of 5
Michael Volkswagen ID.3 150kW Life Pro Perform 58kWh Auto (120kW Ch) MY23

Turning circle is not so good

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4.4 out of 5
John Volkswagen ID.3 150kW Life Pro Perform 58kWh Auto (120kW Ch) MY23

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Andrew Volkswagen ID.3 150kW Life Pro Perform 58kWh Auto (120kW Ch) MY23

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Torik Volkswagen ID.3 150kW Life Pro Perform 58kWh Auto (120kW Ch) MY23

The VW ID 3 is spacious and practical. It is also comfortable, easy to drive and economical. The only downside I would say is that the controls for the heating, apple carplay and hazard lights and all controls in general, are fiddly and not intuitive. It is for this reason I will not hire these line of vehicles again if the controls aren't addressed.

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Andrew Volkswagen ID.3 107KW Life Pro 58kWh Auto

The build quality is a little bit less than I expect from VW at the price that it is - it's a little bit "tinny" when closing doors. But it drives well, sits 4 comfortably and the range is pretty much as advertised. The software needs improving and the option for auto lights and uprated air con are both subsrciption based, I think they should be free

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3.1 out of 5
Angus Volkswagen ID.3 107KW Life Pro 58kWh Auto

Battery perfofmance is poor especially in the colder weather. Still suffer range anxiety in winter when a recharge will be required on a long journey.

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4.3 out of 5
Stephen Volkswagen ID.3 150kW Life Pro Perform 58kWh Auto (120kW Ch) MY23

Great for my first electric car! A little too much technology for my like and I'm an electronics engineer. Too many warnings that can't be permanently switched off. Touch screen a little slow to react, would prefer more knobs and buttons for the day to day things like air-con, lights etc. Performance is great for a little car, but the government has to get the public charging network sorted out, it's awful, although you can't blame the car for that. All round great car, with just a few niggles. I would definitely lease again and would buy if I could afford it.

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4.9 out of 5
Harry Volkswagen ID.3 107KW Life Pro 58kWh Auto

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