Volkswagen ID.3 review - Interior, design and technology
It’s all very modern and hi-tech inside the ID.3, but some may find the controls take a bit of getting used to.
It’s all very minimalist inside the ID.3 cabin, with a modern, digital set-up that befits Volkswagen’s move towards an all-electric lineup. There are some cheaper-feeling plastics around the dash, although some funky-coloured trim inserts lift the mood.
The level of standard equipment is good with all cars including LED headlights, front and rear parking sensors, keyless start, climate control and heated front seats. Moving up the range brings a combination of equipment packs which add kit such as a panoramic sunroof, a rear-view camera and an upgraded audio system.
Customers can choose from six different metallic paint finishes, although all cars feature a contrasting black roof and boot lid. There is also the option to specify Exterior Style packs which add coloured accents across the roofline and C-pillar.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
Everything in the ID.3 is touch-sensitive and, pretty much, controlled by the 10-inch touchscreen. There are positives and negatives to this; the panel is well positioned, the graphics are super-sharp and the set-up is very responsive, so even though there’s very little feedback, you don’t often hit the wrong function.
The fascia looks clean and slick, but the button-free design also means adjusting the climate control or audio is a little more fiddly than it needs to be. Still, the technology is way ahead of the Nissan Leaf, which feels last-generation in its approach now. The ID.3’s digital dash is also clean, clear and configurable; it feels like the most technologically advanced car in its class.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe Volkswagen ID.3 has all the qualities to make it a great, electric family hatchback.
- 2Engines, performance and driveWith plenty of pace and a composed ride, the all-electric ID.3 is a family hatchback that’s good to drive.
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsThe ID.3 is cheap to run day-to-day and will hold onto its value, but insurance premiums could be expensive.
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingIt’s all very modern and hi-tech inside the ID.3, but some may find the controls take a bit of getting used to.
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceWith a big boot, plenty of passenger space and usable electric range, the ID.3 is a practical family car.
- 6Reliability and safetyThe ID.3 comes with the latest safety kit as standard, while reliability needs to be top-notch.