Volkswagen ID.3 Review 2024
Volkswagen ID.3 At A Glance
The Volkswagen ID.3 has all the hallmarks of a good car rushed into production with a few rough finishes and electrical gremlins chucked in for good measure. A recent update means the Volkswagen ID.3 is now a more competitive choice... but is it the best electric car you can buy? Read our full Volkswagen ID.3 review to find out.
The Volkswagen ID.3 arrived to a fairly lukewarm reception when it first went on sale in 2020 - even when, back then, competition was limited to the ageing Nissan Leaf, oddball BMW i3 and SUV alternatives like the Hyundai Kona Electric. Critics complained about its high price tag, drab interior and frustrating infotainment system.
It's not necessarily surprising, then, that Volkswagen chiefs have chosen to prioritise giving its electric hatchback a refresh. The competition these days is quite fierce - think cars like the Renault Megane E-Tech, Vauxhall Astra Electric and Citroen e-C4 to name a few.
So what's new with the latest Volkswagen ID.3? Cosmetically, not a lot. You'll notice revised front and rear bumpers as well as a few new exterior colours.
The bigger changes are inside. No, not a new infotainment system (unfortunately...), but some higher quality sustainable materials. The dash is no longer offensively scratchy, while the door trims are more becoming of a Volkswagen.
The Volkswagen ID.3 remains just as spacious as before, and that's a good thing. Because it sits on the brand's dedicated EV platform, the ID.3 feels like a much more spacious family car than the popular Volkswagen Golf (despite the two having similar exterior dimensions).
There are two models available: the Volkswagen ID.3 Pro and the ID.3 Pro S. The ID.3 Pro uses a 58kWh battery pack, while the Pro S has a bigger 77kWh battery. The latter has a headline-grabbing 347-mile range, but we reckon the Pro's 266-mile range will be more than enough for a lot of buyers.
A single electric motor drives the rear wheels, which means the Volkswagen ID.3 feels agile and easy to drive around town. It's set up to be softer than its platform-sharing relation, the Cupra Born, so it's a surprisingly comfortable long-distance companion.
Prices for the new Volkswagen ID.3 start in the region of £37,000, while the top-spec Volkswagen ID.3 Pro S is nudging £43,000. That'll make you wince if you haven't bought a new car in the last decade but it's no pricier than the competition (except the ultra-cheap MG 4).
You get plenty for your money, too, with all the ID.3 range now featuring adaptive cruise control, alloy wheels and heated seats as standard. Still too expensive? A used Volkswagen ID.3 can now be picked up for as little as £20,000... that's almost cheap enough to justify the harsh materials used in early cars.