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Volkswagen ID.3

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Volkswagen ID.3

(2020 – present)

    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 June 2022, the Volkswagen ID.3 has an Expert Rating of 77%, which is one point higher 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.

    Key specifications


    Body style: Medium five-door hatch
    Motor: electric, battery-powered
    Price: From £36,195 on-road

    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 score: 5 stars
    Date tested: November 2020
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    Adult protection: 87%
    Child protection: 89%
    Vulnerable road users: 71%
    Safety assist: 88%

    More safety recognition

    The Volkswagen ID.3 won the What Car? Car of the Year Awards 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
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    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 June 2022, 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.

    Awards


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

    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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