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Volkswagen ID.3

(2020 – present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

79
%
A

Used car score:

78
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

74
%
B

Safety Rating:

80
%
A

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

85
%
A

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

79
%
A

Used car score:

78
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

74
%
B

Safety Rating:

80
%
A

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

85
%
A

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 January 2024, the Volkswagen ID.3 has an Expert Rating of 79%, which is a percentage point less than the latest Golf. 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, as with all electric vehicles, this is at least partially offset by much lower running costs and higher predicted resale values.

A mid-life update to the Volkswagen ID.3 arrived in summer 2023, consisting of some minor updates and improvements.

Key specifications


Body style: Medium five-door hatch
Motor: electric, battery-powered
Price: From £37,115 on-road

Launched: Summer 2020
Last updated: Summer 2023
Next update due: TBA


Media reviews


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Move Electric

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Parkers

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The Intercooler

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The Sun

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which EV?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: November 2020
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 87%
Child protection: 89%
Vulnerable road users: 71%
Safety assist: 88%

More safety recognition

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

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: Pro 150kW rear-wheel drive

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: February 2021
Read the full Green NCAP review

Clean Air Index: 10 / 10
Energy Efficiency Index: 9.6 / 10
Greenhouse Gas Index: 10 / 10

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.”

Reliability rating

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As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Volkswagen ID.3 to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusive from extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as we have sufficient data on the ID.3, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models306 milesA214 – 347 milesA – B
Electrical efficiencyAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models4.5 m/KWhA4.1 – 4.8 m/KWhA – C
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models23B18 – 28A – B
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£177A
Year 2£362A
Year 3£613A
Year 4£774A
Year 5£1,050A
Overall£2,976A

The Volkswagen ID.3 is a very cheap car to run and own, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

A perfect set of straight-A scores is let down only by the car’s insurance group rating – however, if you get one of the entry-level models then it qualifies for an A rating on our charts.

Electrical efficiency (the EV equivalent of miles per gallon for a petrol or diesel car) is very good, making the ID.3 one of the most efficient EVs on the market. This also helps maximise battery range, which is more than 300 miles according to the EU/UK government lab tests. Even in real-world driving, 250-odd miles should be very comfortable for most drivers.

Servicing and maintenance costs over the first five years are also very cheap compared to most new cars.

Awards


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

2023

  • What Car? EV Awards – Best Used Electric Family Car

2022

  • EV Fleet World Awards – Best EV Lower Medium SUV

2021

  • UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Small Hatch
  • Auto Express Awards – Best Small Company Car
  • Business Motoring Awards – Best Electric Car
  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Small Company Car
  • Carwow Awards – Best Family Electric Car
  • Motor Trader Industry Awards Car of the Year
  • Parkers New Car Awards – Best Medium Electric Car
  • What Car? Awards – Best Small Electric Car + Safety Award
  • What Car? EV Awards – Best Electric Family Car

2020

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

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The Volkswagen ID.3 has been praised for its battery range, comfort and ease of use. However, it's expensive compared to a Golf.Volkswagen ID.3