Why did you choose this car?
Range, monthly payments, ride comfort and internal space.
We were due to change our car and we really wanted an EV. We’ve had VWs for our last 5 cars and the ID.3 had just been announced so it seemed worth looking at. After quite a bit of research, I signed up to be a ‘First Mover’!
Purpose built EV sub-35k.
Needed a small car that could take a wheelchair.
Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this car?
- The room and comfort inside
- The range, performance and handling are great; recently did a a couple of long journeys and there was no range anxiety at all
- The tech is easy to use once mastered and makes driving the car very relaxing on a longer journey.
- Effortless power
- Zero emissions
- Build quality
- The Matrix headlights
- The onboard technology (mostly!)
- The overall driving experience.
- Minimalist interior
- Panoramic roof
Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this car?
- Minor things like the wipers are set for LHD
- There is no ‘Frunk’ (front boot)
- The interior shows finger marks, we are constantly wiping it clean!
- High gloss black interior plastics in areas
- No physical buttons for heating controls
- No alloy wheels as standard.
- The software needs significant improvements in some areas
- The ‘We Connect ID’ app is woeful
- No rear speakers
- Lack of wireless phone charging.
- Wish I’d got the 77 kWh
- Tech not intuitive
- No alloys (but trims very quick and easy to clean).
Surprise us! Tell us something surprising about this car?
How quickly it has transferred from being the ‘2nd car’ to being the main car we use for everything. We’ve done double the planned mileage because it’s so good and cheap to run.
Its rear wheel drive.
It is so much fun to drive! I actively look for excuses to go out and drive in it.
All my cars for many years have had leather upholstery. Particularly wanted cloth and feels so much more comfortable. Get an EV!!
After 55 years of driving and getting pretty fed up with it, this car just makes me want to drive again.
What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
Andersen A2. I would definitely recommend it because:
- It looks really nice and the cable is completely hidden. This is important for us as it is right on the front of our house and so highly visible.
- The build quality is excellent, it is mainly aluminium not plastic
- It has a load limiter to avoid overloading the house (unlikely but better safe than sorry)
- It works very well with Solar PV
- It has excellent scheduled charging capability
- The app is easy to use and works well.
Pod Point – would recommend. Easy to use and installer was helpful.
Pod Point 7kW – yes, highly recommend it. Super reliable and easy to use and operate via the app for scheduled charging etc.
ChargedEV – smart charger and yes, it works really well. It controls the charging periods, not the car, so there is no need to turn on/off charging slots within the car.
What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?
Octopus EV GO FASTER tariff. Highly recommend them because of their outstanding customer service.
Octopus – good price but customer service is patchy. I probably would recommend but with caveats.
What public charging networks do you use? Would you recommend them to others and why?
I stick to Instavolt and Gridserve for rapid chargers as they are so easy to use and mega reliable. If I’m level 2 charging I tend to use Pod Point as there are lots of free ones around and easily accessible for me.
Instavolt, Osprey and BP Pulse. First two use contactless so quick and easy to use.
Instavolt – easy to use
GeniePoint – often at supermarkets so convenient
IONITY – expensive but I have a We Charge card which makes it cheaper.
Who do you insure your EV with? Would you recommend them to others and why?
Direct Line – yes I’d recommend them purely because they have lots of great extras in their policy that others don’t include plus the price is very competitive.
VW Insurance – yes, I would definitely recommend them. Very competitive on price, free claims management service, 3 year premium guarantee (assuming no accidents).
IAM Surety – always the best but you do have to be a member.
Admiral – I would recommend, they are helpful and responsibly priced.