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Volkswagen ID.3

(2020 – present)

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 2021, the Volkswagen ID.3 has an Expert Rating of 83%, which a 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

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SAFETY RATING

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

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

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Volkswagen ID.3 has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and inevitably the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Green NCAP programme measures exhaust pollution (which is zero for an electric car) and energy efficiency. Electric cars are much more energy-efficient than combustion cars, so the ID.3 is likely to score very highly in Green NCAP testing whenever it ever takes place. Check back again soon.

Security rating

Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

No security rating

The Volkswagen ID.3 has not been tested for anti-theft protection by Thatcham Research. This is a new initiative that was launched in 2019 to assess, in particular, the security of new cars with keyless entry and keyless start systems. If and when the ID.3 is tested, we will update this page.

Awards

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

2021

  • What Car? Awards – Best Small Electric Car + Safety Award
  • carwow Awards – Best Family Electric 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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