Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
  • Lots of passenger space
  • Boot bigger than a Golf
  • Safety kit includes centre airbag              

Is the ID.3 a practical car? Part of the answer to that question will come down to how far you want to be able to drive between charges – which we cover in the running costs section of this review. But as for how it compares to a regular family hatchback for space? Well, you may be pleasantly surprised.

Passenger space

For a car that’s roughly the same size as a VW Golf or Ford Focus, the ID.3 has a relatively large passenger space, helped by short front and rear overhangs, a lengthy wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear axles) and a windscreen that’s much closer to the front of the car than in a conventional petrol or diesel rival.

Strangely, it gives you the impression of being narrower inside than the equivalent Golf, despite actually being (slightly) wider on the outside. Three large adults will fit across the rear seat, and while the one in the middle won’t want to be there for long, all of them will have plenty of knee and legroom.

This is because the ID.3 has a totally flat floor inside. The footwells front and rear are a little higher than you’ll find in a more ordinary family car, because the battery pack is located beneath your feet, but the slightly raised roof means there is still plenty of head room.

A family with even older teenagers should be able to get comfortable here.

There are plenty of USB sockets for charging devices – though these are the newer, more powerful USB C format, which might require adaptors for older phones and tablets.

Boot space

It’s the same story in the boot, which at 385 litres before you fold down the seats is five litres bigger than that of the contemporary Golf. It’s also a nice deep, squared-off shape, so should easily accommodate suitcases.

This isn’t without its disappointments, though. For starters, as a purpose-built electric car, it’s a shame Volkswagen hasn’t thought about where you might store the charging cable – as with rivals, it just lies about, cluttering up the load space.

The lip of the boot is also rather high, so you’ll have to lift heavy items up and over it. And, if you ever need to carry larger items you may be disappointed to find that you can only fold the rear seat backrests down over the rear seat bases – so the space revealed is far from flat.

Total load capacity with the seats folded is 1,267 litres, however, which is again larger than the latest Golf (this time by 30 litres).

Safety

Safety body Euro NCAP is yet to crash-test the ID.3 at the time of writing, but suffice to say, Volkswagen has not skimped over the on-board safety equipment.

Innovative features include a centre airbag – intended to stop the driver and front passenger colliding with each other in the event of a side impact – and an optional Travel Assist system which can control the steering, acceleration and braking for short periods, at any speed (where system conditions are met).

Combined with the equally optional Eco Assistance, this can even help you travel further per charge by actively reducing the car’s speed on approach to changes in the limit and the road ahead. As with other active safety technology, this won’t appeal to every driver, but might make your life easier.

Other safety items available include Front Assist, which takes care of autonomous emergency braking as well as warning you of hazards ahead, and Side Assist, which is VW’s name for blindspot monitoring.

The active Lane Assist not only warns you if you’re about to leave your lane without indicating, it will tell you to reposition the car in the middle of the lane if it thinks you’re drifting and take care of the steering altogether for short periods (as long as it’s able to detect white lines on either side).

Like many other recent Volkswagen Group products, we did find the ID.3 occasionally asking us to take control of the steering even though we were, in fact, holding the wheel. It seems that when you’re travelling in a straight line, the system does sometimes get a bit over-cautious.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen ID.3 Hatchback.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

1ST Edition equipment

1ST Edition standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
1ST Edition optional equipment
None available
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