Volkswagen ID.3 2020 electric car owner review

Volkswagen ID.3 2020 electric car owner review

DrDizzy drives a Volkswagen ID.3 58kWh 2020.

This is DrDizzy’s first electric car, they’ve owned the ID.3 2-3 years and drive between 5,000-10,000 miles annually. The current mileage of the car is between 10,000-20,000 miles and they achieve 220 miles from a full charge.


Why did you choose the Volkswagen ID.3?

VW brand – for history of quality build and reliability for ICE cars. Range was suitable for my usage. Good features and looks. Hatchback wanted for smaller size but still useful for my purposes. Hate huge SUVs.


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Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this electric car

  • Looks & equipment as standard for 1st Edition
  • VW Brand
  • range adequate for me.


Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this electric car

  • OTA updates few and far between
  • software reliability was originally naff but much improved with a couple of updates
  • would prefer AWD but only available in RWD.


Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?

Early adopters, like me, suffered from somewhat erratic software issues with various warning lights appearing unpredictably and unnecessarily for the most part. This has improved hugely and are actually very rare. The ID.3 suffers from an undeserved bad reputation despite being as reliable as most other EVs. This is because we had a transparent Facebook group so every fault was publicised, unlike other manufacturers who were able to hide them.


What are the standout technological features of the car?

Adaptive Cruise Control is pretty fantastic – very reliable and under the appropriate settings faultless.


Volkswagen ID.3 2020 electric car owner review


Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this electric car 

Matrix headlights are amazing on night time country roads.


What electric car(s) are you interested in next and why?

1) Smart #1 – Mercedes made, hatchback and good range

2) BYD Dolphin – BYD has a history of EV manufacturing, hatchback, good range and LFP battery.


Home charging unit – outline both positive & negative elements 

myenergi zappi: British made with excellent customer support. Futureproof with features available for solar and battery use. Compact size and tether cable storage design really excellent. Great environmental credentials and an activist company.


Volkswagen ID.3 2020 electric car owner review


Electricity supplier & tariff – outline both positive & negative elements 

  • Ecotricity: green electricity, 24 hours same rate, variable
  • Great eco credentials and local firm
  • rubbish rates and customer support is abysmal.


What public charging networks would you recommend to others and why?

  • InstaVolt: reliable and widespread availability, expensive though
  • Osprey & IONITY: tied up with VW so had an introductory deal, reliable but expensive.


Insurer – outline both positive & negative elements 

NFU: originally had a great rate but this last renewal was much more expensive. Good customer support apparently but I’ve not had to make a claim yet.


Please itemise where you’re saving money owning & running an electric car

Low mileage but little cost for servicing, £100/month saving.


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