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Volkswagen ID.3 Review Rundown

VolkswagenPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 74%
Pros**
  • Very good electric performance
  • Lots of options
  • Decent battery life
Cons**
  • Pricey
  • Not very practical

Summary

The Volkswagen ID.3 is based on the VW Group's MEB architecture for electric cars, which includes Audi Q4 e-tron, SEAT el-Born, Škoda Enyaq, and vehicles in the VW I.D. series. Performance is more than adequate. It also features a host of cutting-edge technologies, including for example ID.Light and AR Head-up Display.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

autoexpress[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 58%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The VW ID.3 feels entirely like the car to carry VW into the next era. It's fast, smooth, comfortable, quiet, full of tech and cheaper than the Leaf with more incentives to buy, too. It boasts great practicality and plenty of usable range, so feels like the Golf for a new generation when the Golf seems to have gone off the boil.
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Pros[**]
  • Great practicality
  • Good range
Cons[**]
  • Lack of tech
  • Not as comfortable as rivals

autoexpress[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
VW will reveal the final car at September's Frankfurt Motor Show. The ID.3 is one centimetre shorter than a Golf, at 4.26 metres. It is two centimetres wider and, thanks to the batteries under the floor, a full 17cm taller. The boot capacity is 390 litres – only 10 litres more than the Golf's.
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Pros[**]
  • Flexible infotainment system
  • Decent range
Cons[**]
  • Small turning circle
  • Small boot

autoexpress[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The Volkswagen ID.3 is an accomplished all-electric family hatchback. It gets the basics right with competitive pricing, desirable looks and great levels of comfort. On-board tech is also a plus point, but the touch-sensitive infotainment screen could divide opinion. Some might find the harder interior plastics slightly disappointing.
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Pros[**]
  • Good value for money
  • Competitively priced
  • Good standard equipment
Cons[**]
  • Expensive compared to rivals

autoexpress[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
VW's first bespoke EV is a great start, boasting comfort, usable range and lots of technology. It rides and handles well and proves this is the direction family cars are heading in, thanks to great practicality and refinement compared with an ICE model. While £35,880 after the £3,000 plug-in car grant is still a significant sum, it's cheaper than a Nissan Leaf e+ in top-spec Tekna trim.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Lots of tech
  • Good range
Cons[**]
  • Expensive compared to ICE models

autoexpress[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The ID.3 is a five-door family hatchback – Golf-sized, which is no coincidence. It sits on MEB, the VW Group's modular fully electric platform. The Tour Pro S has the same 201bhp rear-mounted electric motor as the bulk of the range, while carrying extra kilos due to its bigger battery. Its kerbweight is more than 1,900kg. It's a comfortable cruiser and swift enough, particularly when accelerating from rest.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek cabin tech
  • Lots of standard equipment
Cons[**]
  • Expensive for what you get
  • No adaptive dampers

autoexpress[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The impressive Volkswagen ID.3 EV joins our fleet fresh from winning an award from our sister title Carbuyer. It was judged the Best Small Company Car, as it was in the Auto Express New Car Awards in July. Boot space is on par with that of a petrol Golf, but with the boot floor in its top position, you’re forced to remove one wheel from your daughter’s buggy in order to get it in.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Big battery
  • Lots of standard kit
Cons[**]
  • Bundled boot
  • No front trunk

carwow[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from carwow have found the following[***]:
VW reckons the ID3 is a bit like the iPhone in 2007. It could be the car that convinces the masses that electric transportation is the future. VW has form in this kind of transformation, providing the transport for the masses with the VW Beetle, then the Golf. The ID3 will eventually be available with three battery sizes – 48kWh, a 58kWh and 77kWh. All have a 204hp electric motor.
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Pros[**]
  • Fantastic range
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
  • Expensive for what you get

digitaltrends[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The ID.3 is best enjoyed when driven in a calm, relaxed manner. It delivers linear acceleration, partly because the motor spins the rear wheels through a fixed-ratio gearbox that never changes gears. The only noise in the cabin comes from the wind and from the tires, but neither is excessive or annoying.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Easy-to-navigate user interface
  • Easy to drive
  • Solid performance
Cons[**]
  • Expensive compared to a comparable hatchback
  • Disappointing infotainment system

References

1. ^ Volkswagen ID.3 vs Nissan Leaf. autoexpress. 2020-10-10 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Volkswagen ID.3 vs Volkswagen e-Golf. autoexpress. 2019-07-11 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Volkswagen ID.3 review. autoexpress. 2020-10-22 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ New Volkswagen ID.3 2020 review. autoexpress. 2020-10-02 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ New Volkswagen ID.3 Tour Pro S 2021 review. autoexpress. 2021-04-30 Retrieved 2021-05-01.
6. ^ Volkswagen ID.3 Pro S Tour: long-term test review. autoexpress. 2021-10-15 Retrieved 2021-10-16.
7. ^ Volkswagen ID.3 Review. carwow. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ 2020 Volkswagen ID.3 first drive: The iCar Apple Didn’t Build. digitaltrends. 2020-08-10 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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