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Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Electric motors, home charging 27.3 - 30.0 mpp
Electric motors, public charging 13.7 - 15.0 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Electric motors 4.1 - 4.5 miles/kWh
  • Should be substantially cheaper to run than petrol or diesel
  • 100kW charging capability gives 200 miles of range in 30 minutes
  • 58kWh battery size will be ample for most buyers

How much is it going to cost to run?

How much the ID.3 costs to run will depend on how you can charge it, and by extension your electricity tariff. Public charging for electric cars can be expensive, especially if you want to use the fastest charging technology available. But if you can charge at home, domestic supply – particularly from an electric-car friendly specialist supplier – could make running an ID.3 very cheap indeed.

Either way, at present we would expect it to cost substantially less than a conventional petrol or diesel vehicle of similar size and capability – especially once you factor-in the ID.3’s impressive performance. And that’s before you consider the potential tax savings. Not least to company car drivers, where the ID.3 attracts an exceedinly low rating for Benefit in Kind (BIK) tax.

Range and charging

Three battery pack sizes are available to ID.3 buyers in the UK: 45kWh, 58kWh or 77kWh (that’s kilowatt hour, the standard measure of electric vehicle battery capacity). There are also three levels of power – 145hp, 150hp and 204hp.

  • ID.3 Pure Performance 45kWh/150hp (Life and Style) have an official WLTP driving range of 215-217 miles, which rates it on a par with the Citroen e-C4 and well ahead of the Nissan Leaf.
  • ID.3 Pro 58kWh/145hp (Life and Family) have an official WLTP driving range of 260-264 miles, which puts it ahead of all similarly-priced rivals.
  • ID.3 Pro Performance 58kWh/204hp (Life, Family and Max) have an official WLTP driving range of 258-264 miles. We’ve seen around 200 from a full charge in real life, which is a chunky shortfall, even considering the way test cars are put through their paces.
  • ID.3 Pro S 77kWh/204hp (only available as the four-seater Tour) has an official WLTP driving range of 340 miles – better on paper than any rival short of the Tesla Model 3. But then, it should do given that 77kWh is a large battery for this size of car.

As for homecharging, overnight at home using a domestic wallbox and you’ll probably be ready to go with a full battery by the morning. Try the same trick with a three-pin plug and you won’t get anywhere near.

Access the public charging network, and with the faster 100kW charging system installed, you can add 200 miles to the range of the 77kWh model in 30 minutes. Entry-level ID.3s come with 50kW DC fast charging as standard, which should also give you a substantial top-up in half an hour.

Servicing and maintenance

The ID.3 gets the usual three-year/60,000-mile Volkswagen car warranty – though the EV battery components are covered for eight years or 100,000 miles (whichever comes sooner).

Servicing intervals are once a year or every 20,000 miles. It should be cheaper to service than a conventional car, as there are fewer moving parts and fluids to change.

How reliable is it?

  • No recalls so far
  • Too new for owners to report overall
  • Lots of new tech, some of it very advanced

At this stage, it is far too soon to say for sure, but we will monitor the situation and update this section accordingly. There have been no safety recalls at the time of writing, but you can check the government website for up-to date information.

Much of the technology is all-new to the Volkswagen Group, and has already had teething problems which led to the launch being delayed - especially around vehicle software. The touchscreens are an evolution of what Volkswagen's been using, but have been advanced in many areas - so it's a point of minor concern.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) N/A
Insurance group 18 - 29
How much is it to insure?
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