Volkswagen ID.3 reliability & safety

The brand-new Volkswagen ID.3 is likely to be reliable, but it’s so new that there’s very little data yet

Volkswagen ID.3

The Volkswagen ID.3 is built using brand-new technology, and while it’s not the first electric car the company has made, it’s tough to give a definitive verdict on its reliability. In the 2020 Driver Power car owner satisfaction survey, Volkswagen came 19th out of the 30 manufacturers that ranked. That’s not great news, but it mostly reflects the brand's combustion-engined cars.

Volkswagen ID.3 reliability & problems

Electric cars are generally expected to be more reliable than petrol or diesel models, because there are fewer moving parts and since there are fewer service parts, it’s harder for owners to miss key aspects of maintenance like oil changes. There are lots of Volkswagen dealers in Britain, so you should have no issue finding one that can take care of your car should it have any problems.


Euro NCAP hasn’t crash-tested the ID.3 yet, so we don’t yet know how safe it'll be in a crash. There’s no reason to expect anything other than a strong score given Volkswagen's recent history with new models in the tests, though.

Standard safety equipment is a strong point, too. The 1ST Edition comes with all sorts of high-tech kit including autonomous emergency braking (AEB), adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance, a reversing camera and matrix LED headlights for superior visibility at night. It also has 'swerve support', which adds to the amount of steering force you put in when you steer to avoid a crash.