Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

Should you buy one?

Yes, as it's vying with the Tesla Model 3 and Skoda Enyaq as one of our favourite electric cars. We rather like the Volkswagen ID.3; its exterior design makes a quiet but definite statement, the interior feels innovative and distinctive, with style rather than deliberate otherness, while the performance we’ve experienced so far is outstanding for what in many ways is a simple family car.

The ID.3 comes in a wide variety of prices, with the cheapest Pure model coming in at a similar price as a number of smaller rivals offering much less range. Currently, there isn't a single ID.3 that won't go less than 214 miles on a single charge according to the official tests.

Think of it this way: if you’re in the market for a family-sized electric car, the VW ID.3 is not one you should ignore – and if you’re not in the market for an electric car, the ID.3 is good enough that it might make the case that you should be.

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What we like

With its substantial driving range and fast charging capability, it is an electric car that would be suitable for many people to use every day without much need to make big adjustments to existing routines. If you can charge it at home overnight you may never experience any electric car inconvenience at all – and it would take a long journey for us to start worrying about range anxiety in one of these.

What we don't like

It is not perfect by any means. Some of the fit and finish inside doesn’t quite seem up to the standards we expect from Volkswagen, and arguably too many of the secondary controls are awkward to use. Overall, though, we’d be prepared to live with these compromises in order to enjoy the rest of the ID.3 experience. Just think carefully about whether you need to spend the extra on the largest battery versions.

Further reading

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