Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Should you buy the Volkswagen ID.3?

In case it’s not already obvious, we rather like the Volkswagen ID.3. The exterior design makes a quiet but definite statement, the interior design 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.

With its substantial driving range and fast charging capability, it is also 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.

Still, 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.

Don’t be too put off by the price of the 1st Edition models, either – much cheaper versions of the ID.3 are on the way, including some with a third, smaller-capacity 45kWh battery pack option. This won’t go as far per charge, but it will make the ID.3 more affordable to more people.

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.

Further reading

>> Need something bigger? The Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV is on the way

>> The cheapest electric cars you can buy

>> Our Parkers star ratings explained

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