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Volkswagen ID.3

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Summary


The Volkswagen ID.3 is a medium-sized five-door hatchback, and Volkswagen’s first dedicated mass-production electric vehicle (the e-Golf and e-Up were based on existing petrol models). It was launched in late 2019 before going on sale in the UK in summer 2020.

The ID.3 is a similar size to the latest Volkswagen Golf, and is generally being positioned as an electric alternative to the Golf. As such, there is no longer an electric e-Golf model in the Volkswagen range.

As of August 2021, the Volkswagen ID.3 has an Expert Rating of 75%, which is one point higher than the latest Golf. Although it has only been on sale in the UK for a few months, the ID.3 has already collected a few significant awards and is unanimously considered to be one of the leading examples of the new wave of electric cars arriving on our roads.

The ID.3 has been praised for its performance and decent battery range, as well as overall comfort and ease of use. However, some of the interior materials are considered below Volkswagen’s usual standards and the over-reliance on a touchscreen to control almost every aspect of the car has been criticised. It’s also an expensive car to buy, although the launch models were all the top-spec ‘1st Edition’ verions and this should improve as lower-spec models arrive.

Key specifications


Body style: Medium five-door hatch
Motor: electric, battery-powered
Price: From £32,990 on-road*
* price includes £3,000 government plug-in car grant

Launched: Summer 2020
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


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Safety rating


Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: November 2020

87%

ADULT OCCUPANT

89%

CHILD OCCUPANT

71%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

88%

SAFETY ASSIST

More safety recognition

The Volkswagen ID.3 won the What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2021 Safety Award

Eco rating


Five stars

The Volkswagen ID.3 was awarded a five-star eco rating from Green NCAP in February 2021. We are currently updating our Euro NCAP database, as the organisation changed its rating system and we need to change our database accordingly to be able to display the new scores.

Green NCAP said: “Green NCAP assesses vehicles only on what is emitted at the tailpipe so the ID.3 gets maximum points in two of the three areas of assessment – Clean Air and Greenhouse Gases – as emissions of these are zero. Energy efficiency is also extremely high and, overall, the car emerges comfortably with a maximum five-star rating.”

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Volkswagen ID.3 has received

2021

  • UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Small Hatch
  • Auto Express Awards – Best Small Company Car
  • What Car? Awards – Best Small Electric Car + Safety Award
  • carwow Awards – Best Family Electric Car
  • Business Motoring Awards – Best Electric Car
  • What Car? EV Awards – Best Electric Family Car

2020

  • DrivingElectric Awards – Best Electric Family Car
  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Family Electric Car
  • Top Gear Awards – Game Changer of the Year

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