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Volkswagen ID.3 review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

With a big boot, plenty of passenger space and usable electric range, the ID.3 is a practical family car.

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.5 out of 5

Practicality, comfort and boot space Rating

4.2 out of 5

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

The five-door ID.3 offers easy entry and egress, and once sitting inside the cabin you’ll immediately notice the extra space compared to a Golf. Comfortable seats and the pared-back interior are welcome design features, while visibility is good thanks to the large windows and front screen.

A good level of charging options also make the ID.3 a practical family car. The battery can be topped-up via a 7.2kW home wallbox, which takes around nine hours to charge from 0-100%, while a 50kW public charger will take about an hour from 10-80%. 

The 1st Edition cars are able to cut this time to just 30 minutes as they come equipped with 100kW charging capability as standard.

Size

The ID.3 is quite a bit shorter than its Nissan Leaf rival (4,261mm vs 4,490mm), although is a little wider at 1,809mm. The obvious comparison will be how Volkswagen’s electric hatch measures up to its famous Golf sibling. Well, the ID.3 is 135mm shorter than the Golf, 20mm wider and stands 77mm taller.

Leg room, head room & passenger space

Due to some clever packaging, Volkswagen has achieved decent space in the ID.3 for both the driver and passengers. It’s a full five-seater and features a practical flat floor, which particularly benefits those in the rear seats. 

In our ID.3 vs Nissan Leaf twin-test, we found Volkswagen’s all-electric hatch provided more leg and head room, while its more modern, less-cluttered cabin includes more storage options for everyday items.

Boot

Volkswagen has designed the ID.3 with a 385-litre boot capacity, which is 4 litres up on the Mk8 Golf, although the Nissan Leaf offers a significant 420 litres of luggage space. However, if you fold the rear seats the ID.3 comes out on top with a 1,267-litre maximum.

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