Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

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

Electric motors, home charging 28.0 mpp
Electric motors, public charging 14.0 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 4.2 miles/kWh
  • Should be substantially cheaper than petrol or diesel
  • 100kW charging capability = 200 miles of range in 30 minutes
  • Watch out for the cake tax

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 (which we cover in detail in the Engine section of this review).

And that’s before you consider the potential tax savings. Not least to company car drivers, where the ID.3 attracts a 0% rating for Benefit in Kind (BIK), meaning you won’t be taxed to drive one at all.

What’s the driving range?

Two battery pack sizes are available to ID.3 buyers in the UK: 58kWh or 77kWh (that’s kilowatt hour, the standard measure of electric vehicle battery capacity).

The 58kWh ID.3 has an official WLTP driving range of 260 miles. We’ve seen barely more than 190 from a full charge in real life, which is a chunky shortfall, even considering the way test cars are put through their paces. Still, this is an indicator that the driver continues to play an important part in how efficient a car is, even an electric one.

The 77kWh ID.3 has an official WLTP driving range of 345 miles – better on paper than any rival short of the Tesla Model 3. But then, it should do given that 77kWh is a very large amount of batteries for this size of car.

How long does it take to charge?

This also varies with the type of charging you do. Plug in the ID.3 overnight at home using a domestic ‘wallbox’ charger (Volkswagen will unsurprisingly sell you one of its own design if you like) 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 the with faster 100kW charging system installed (standard on the 1st Edition) you can add 200 miles to the range of the 77kWh model in 30 minutes – which is seriously impressive by current (haha) standards.

Even 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.

Which brings us to the potentially unseen additional running cost of electric cars – all the extra drinks and snacks you’ll probably end up buying while waiting for it to refill its batteries. The ID.3 is close to the cutting edge of present charging tech, but it’s still way slower than filling a tank full of petrol.

Servicing and warranty

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.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) N/A
Insurance group 28
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