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Volkswagen ID.3 Review

Written by Allan Noble · 26/04/21

Part of the Volkswagen ID concept, the ID.3 is a 5-door hatchback that comes with everything you need. First unveiled in 2019, it is a rear-wheel driven electric car that uses an APP310 permanent magnet brushless electric motor.

Summary

An all-electric offering from VW, the ID.3 is in the same mould of a Golf, and the German carmaker certainly hopes it will strike a chord with the car-buying public in the same way that its fossil fuel-driven predecessor did.

There are three different battery options available with the ID.3, Pure, Pro and Pro S, each providing various range capacities and charging times.

After Volkswagen first started selling the 1st edition ID in 2020, it was found to have a few software problems, which VW now says is a thing of the past. Since it first became available, the new Volkswagen ID.3 has become one of the most popular all-electric cars on European roads.

What makes it such a success story? In this car review, we'll cover everything you need to know about the model, including those all-important running costs, charging data and performance information, as well as what the ID.3 is like to own.

Range, Charging, & Emissions

Model Variant Battery Size Real World Range
Pure 45 kWh 145 to 205 miles
Pro 58 kWh 185 to 260 miles
Pro S 77 kWh 240 to 340 miles

The Pure ID.3 is the entry-level variant of the electric car, which has the lowest range. This is reflected in the price, of course. However, this Volkswagen ID version will offer more than enough range for most trips to the shops or daily commutes.

The Pure Volkswagen ID range in WLPT tests is an impressive 205 miles, but you would need near perfect conditions to achieve that in the real world. Of course, the Pro and Pro S editions of the electric car provide greater theoretical ranges. Like the Pure ID.3, however, it is unlikely that drivers would achieve these unless they were deliberately testing their electric motor's range capacity.

All 3 Volkswagen ID.3 variants offer good ranges even when there is a lot of traffic and stopping and starting involved.

The three battery sizes offered by VW makes choosing an electric car a bit easier if you are happy with the WLTP range provided.

In short, Volkswagen has made it simple to select an ID.3 to suit your requirements without having to compare it too much to other electric cars, such as the Nissan Leaf. The 58 kWh battery will be enough for nearly all motorists unless they intend to do long motorway drives frequently.

The interior space is not significantly compromised by either the Pure or the Pro. However, the Pro S electric ID.3 has an optional four-seat arrangement instead of the usual five seats due to the reduced legroom the battery necessarily affords.

The Volkswagen ID's electric motor takes a fair amount of time to power up from a standard three-pin British socket. It will take over 24 hours to charge a new Volkswagen ID.3 this way in most cases. With a 3.6 kW outlet, the task will take between 13 and 22 hours to charge an ID.3.

Install a 7 KW charger, or if you have one at the office you can make use of, and the ID.3 will charge in as little as seven hours if you are lucky. There again, a 22 kW electric outlet will charge an ID.3 in six hours. Of course, many motorists won't need so long to replenish their ID.3 since most electric cars are not run down to zero before recharging them. In this sense, the ID.3 as an electric car is quite good. A 150 kW electric charger at a public location would mean replenishing the electric motor of the 58kWh battery from 20% to 80% power within as little as half an hour.

Next: Running costs