Volkswagen ID.3 Review Rundown
Volkswagen | Published on 21 Mar 2021 | Last Edited on 01 May 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer
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.
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£35,880 (after the £3,000 UK Plug-in Car Grant) 1st Edition is our initial opportunity to try the car in the UK. Both cars are quiet on the move, but the VW's suspension doesn't clonk over broken roads like the Leaf's does. At high speed on the motorway wind noise is much better suppressed in the German machine.
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.
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.
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.
If you're sure you'll regularly need the extra range, this flagship ID.3 could appeal. It delivers the extra miles with the same solid driving dynamics and excellent practicality as the rest of the line-up. What it can't quite escape is the extra expense that comes with more cells.
Reviewers from Carwow have found the following[***]:
The Volkswagen ID3 is the first standalone all-electric car VW has produced. It is a family hatchback with five doors, room for five inside and is capable of travelling up to 340 miles on a charge. It has picked up the Best Family Electric Car in the 2021 carwow Car of the Year awards.
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
From the driver's seat, the ID.3 feels like a car that took all-you-can-eat turns at the technology counter. The driver faces a 5.3-inch screen that displays everything you need to know while driving. Touch-sensitive sliders located right below the screen replace the climate control system's bulky knobs, dials, and buttons.
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- *. 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.