Volkswagen ID.3 performance, top speed & motor
The Volkswagen ID.3 has a powerful electric motor, so it almost feels like a hot hatchback from behind the wheel
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The Volkswagen ID.3 weighs around 1,700kg, so it’s quite a lot heavier than an equivalent petrol or diesel family hatchback. Thanks to well designed suspension and powerful motors, though, it does a good job of handling that extra bulk. Over bumpy country roads, the ID.3 is comfortable, even on large 19-inch wheels. Around town, where the potholes are bigger and the speeds are lower, it should still be smooth enough to keep anyone happy.
Volkswagen ID.3 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration
The 201bhp electric motor of the Pro Performance and Pro S drivetrains sees the ID.3 go from 0-62mph in under eight seconds. Most of that rush is in the initial sprint from 0-30mph, where the car feels eager and smooth. The less powerful Pure Performance and Pro drivetrains put out 148 and 143bhp respectively for 8.9 and 9.6-second 0-62mph times.
In all cases, acceleration starts to trail off as you get up to higher speeds, which is just the nature of electric motors, as they provide all their power from the start, rather than building up like combustion engines do. The top speed of all models is limited to 99mph as a result, but that’s irrelevant to UK drivers.
The Volkswagen ID.3 is good to drive, and a tight turning circle means it’s easy to park and move around city streets. The cabin is nice and quiet around town as well, with little road noise and that near-silent electric motor contributing to the serenity.
This isn't the most exciting car to drive, however, despite being a rear-wheel-drive model with over 200bhp in range-topping form. Instead, it’s solid, safe and easy to handle, rather than having any sporty pretensions. Still, the punchy performance means that there’s some fun to be had from behind the wheel. It leans in corners more than a Golf would, but it’s just as grippy and agile overall.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback is an electric family car that promises to be as big a breakthrough as the Beetle and Golf before it – but is it a true revolution?
- 2Range, battery & chargingThe Volkswagen ID.3 offers a choice of three battery sizes and all promise enough range and charging capability to keep most buyers out of trouble
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe Volkswagen ID.3 should be much cheaper to run than an equivalent Volkswagen Golf for most drivers – especially company-car users
- 4Performance, motor & drive - currently readingThe Volkswagen ID.3 has a powerful electric motor, so it almost feels like a hot hatchback from behind the wheel
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe Volkswagen ID.3 feels well built, but the interior has a few too many cheap-looking plastic surfaces for our liking
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe Volkswagen ID.3 has enough room for a family and their luggage, but it's not the most spacious electric car of its type
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe Volkswagen ID.3 is likely to be reliable, but there’s very little data yet. It does have a five-star safety rating, though