Volkswagen ID.3 vs Nissan Leaf: safety and reliability
Reliability of new models such as the ID.3 is tough to predict, but the Leaf has a strong reputation already
The ID.3 hadn't been evaluated by the independent crash-test experts at Euro NCAP when we carried out this comparison, but it has since been awarded the maximum five-star score. The Nissan Leaf scored five stars in its own test in 2018.
The Leaf has loads of safety kit as standard, particularly in top-spec Tekna form. There's adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, blind-spot warning and automatic emergency braking. There’s also a 360-degree camera to help make parking easy.
Safety equipment on the ID.3 includes a rear-view camera, automatic emergency braking with collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance and matrix LED headlights.
Volkswagen came 19th out of 30 brands ranked in the 2020 edition of the Driver Power car customer satisfaction survey, while Nissan was 11th. The Leaf has proven reliable over the years it has been on sale, but there’s no long-term data available for the relatively new ID.3 yet.
In This Review
- 1IntroCan Volkswagen’s electric newcomer, the ID.3, match the well established Nissan Leaf? Read our twin test to find out
- 2Range & chargingThese cars have similar battery sizes, but charging the Volkswagen ID.3 is more convenient
- 3Performance & handlingStrong performance from both cars means they’re good to drive, but the Volkswagen is more grown-up
- 4Space & practicalityThe Nissan Leaf has a bigger boot, but passengers will have more room inside the Volkswagen ID.3
- 5Interior & infotainmentModern-feeling interior means the Volkswagen edges ahead of the Nissan despite some quality issues
- 6Running costs & warrantyDecent efficiency and easy charging mean both of these electric cars are cheap to run
- 7Safety & reliability - currently readingReliability of new models such as the ID.3 is tough to predict, but the Leaf has a strong reputation already
- 8Verdict & specificationsThe Volkswagen ID.3 feels like the next step for electric family car; the Nissan Leaf has now been left behind