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Volkswagen ID.3 review - Engines, performance and drive

With plenty of pace and a composed ride, the all-electric ID.3 is a family hatchback that’s good to drive.

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.5 out of 5

Engines, performance and drive Rating

4.2 out of 5

  • Good looks
  • Decent range
  • Refinement
  • Some cheap interior trim
  • Fiddly infotainment system
  • Heavy

The ID.3 delivers its power with the instant hit of acceleration we’ve come to expect from fully-electric cars. It shows this quality best in and around town, where the immediate levels of torque allow it to move effortlessly through the stop-start traffic.

On the move, it’s hard to make out the quiet electric motor, which adds to the air of refinement in the ID.3. A big plus point is how well sorted the suspension is - it takes on the broken tarmac of UK roads with real assurance, with only the worst of imperfections unsettling the ride. 

The ID.3’s weight of around 1,700kg means that it won’t feel like a hot hatch around the twisty stuff, but ultimately it’s not really meant to. Moving up to higher speeds does nothing to take away from the ID.3’s composure. Wind noise is well muted and the car offers a calm, civilized drive. 

Surprisingly, for such a premium car, the ID.3 is equipped with drum brakes at the rear. This isn’t the cost-saving exercise you might think, however, as the ID.3’s rear stopping power is mostly taken care of by the regenerative braking system. There are two regen modes, but both can be a little anonymous. Retardation is good on open country roads, but driving in town will require use of the brake pedal where some electric cars allow one-pedal driving most of the time.

Engines, 0-60 acceleration and top speed

The 201bhp motor allows the ID.3 to reach 62mph from standstill in 7.3 seconds, before moving onto a limited 99mph maximum. The single-speed automatic transmission and rear wheel drive set-up help the ID.3 make smooth progress - aided by the 310Nm of torque which is available as soon as you hit the accelerator.

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