Volkswagen ID.3 – Owner Review Guide

Volkswagen ID.3 - Owner Review Guide

Why did you choose this car?

Range, monthly payments, ride comfort and internal space.

VW ID.3 Family Pro Performance 2020, Mark

 

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’!

Volkswagen ID.3 1st Edition, 2020, Chris

 

Purpose built EV sub-35k.

Volkswagen ID.3 Life Pro Performance 58kWh, Terry

 

Needed a small car that could take a wheelchair.

VW ID.3 Family 2021, Pete M

 

 

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.

VW ID.3 Max Pro Performance 58kWh 2021, Rob

 

  • Effortless power
  • Zero emissions
  • Smoothness.

VW ID.3 Family Pro Performance 2020, Mark

 

  • Build quality
  • Comfort
  • Performance
  • The Matrix headlights
  • The onboard technology (mostly!)
  • The overall driving experience.

Volkswagen ID.3 1st Edition, 2020, Chris

 

  • Minimalist interior
  • Panoramic roof
  • Performance.

VW ID.3 Family 2021, Pete M

 

 

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!

VW ID.3 Max Pro Performance 58kWh 2021, Rob

 

  • High gloss black interior plastics in areas
  • No physical buttons for heating controls
  • No alloy wheels as standard.

VW ID.3 Family Pro Performance 2020, Mark

 

  • The software needs significant improvements in some areas
  • The ‘We Connect ID’ app is woeful
  • No rear speakers
  • Lack of wireless phone charging.

Volkswagen ID.3 1st Edition, 2020, Chris

 

  • Wish I’d got the 77 kWh
  • Tech not intuitive
  • No alloys (but trims very quick and easy to clean).

Volkswagen ID.3 Life Pro Performance 58kWh, Terry

 

 

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.

VW ID.3 Max Pro Performance 58kWh 2021, Rob

 

Its rear wheel drive.

VW ID.3 Business Pro Performance 2021, Daniel

 

It is so much fun to drive! I actively look for excuses to go out and drive in it.

Volkswagen ID.3 1st Edition, 2020, Chris

 

All my cars for many years have had leather upholstery. Particularly wanted cloth and feels so much more comfortable. Get an EV!!

Volkswagen ID.3 Life Pro Performance 58kWh, Terry

 

After 55 years of driving and getting pretty fed up with it, this car just makes me want to drive again.

VW ID.3 Family 2021, Pete M

 

 

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.

VW ID.3 Business Pro Performance 2021, Daniel

 

Pod Point – would recommend. Easy to use and installer was helpful.

Volkswagen ID.3 1st Edition, 2020, Chris

 

Pod Point 7kW – yes, highly recommend it. Super reliable and easy to use and operate via the app for scheduled charging etc.

VW ID.3 Family Pro Performance 2020, Mark

 

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.

VW ID.3 Max Pro Performance 58kWh 2021, Rob

 

 

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.

VW ID.3 Family Pro Performance 2020, Mark

 

Octopus – good price but customer service is patchy. I probably would recommend but with caveats.

VW ID.3 Family Pro Performance 2020, Paul

 

 

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.

VW ID.3 Family Pro Performance 2020, Mark

 

Instavolt, Osprey and BP Pulse. First two use contactless so quick and easy to use.

Volkswagen ID.3 Life Pro Performance 58kWh, Terry

 

Instavolt – easy to use
GeniePoint – often at supermarkets so convenient
IONITY – expensive but I have a We Charge card which makes it cheaper.

VW ID.3 Business Pro Performance 2021, Daniel

 

 

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 ID.3 Family Pro Performance 2020, Mark

 

VW Insurance – yes, I would definitely recommend them. Very competitive on price, free claims management service, 3 year premium guarantee (assuming no accidents).

Volkswagen ID.3 1st Edition, 2020, Chris

 

IAM Surety – always the best but you do have to be a member.

VW ID.3 Family 2021, Pete M

 

Admiral – I would recommend, they are helpful and responsibly priced.

VW ID.3 Business Pro Performance 2021, Daniel

 

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