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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

Standard kit is good, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, built-in sat-nav and wireless smartphone charging all included.

We have some reservations about the general ergonomics of the functions surrounding the ID.3’s 10-inch touchscreen, though, in particular the temperature controls which are positioned under the touchscreen. These are far too easy to accidentally nudge when you're attempting to use the screen and, not being backlit, it's even more difficult to adjust them at night.

The system itself is also something of a mixed bag. First, the good points; it’s very neatly laid out, and the main menu functions are split into eight large tiles on the display, so it’s quite simple to find the option that you need. There's also useful slot in which to hold a smartphone when hooking it up to the connected apps.

However, the system has its flaws. The tech tends to lag when making swiping motions on the mapping screen, and generally isn’t as responsive to taps as we’d like. Some of the layouts in the sub-menus are a little less well structured, and some features, such as the tiny ‘On’ switch in the corner of the screen to activate the climate control, give the impression it’s been designed with appearance put ahead of overall usability.

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