Volkswagen ID.3 electric motor, drive & performance
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 car. Thanks to well designed suspension and a powerful motor, though, it makes the best of its unfortunate weight problem.
Over bumpy country roads, the ID.3 is comfortable and smooth, even on the large 19-inch wheels of the example we drove. Around town, where the potholes are bigger and the speeds are lower, it’s still comfortable 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 an impressive 7.3 seconds. Most of that rush is in the initial sprint from 0-30mph, where the car feels eager and smooth.
It 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 is limited to 99mph as a result, but that’s irrelevant to UK drivers.
A less powerful 'Pro' drivetrain, with 143bhp and a 9.6-second 0-62mph time, has now joined the range, although we haven't had the opportunity to drive it just yet.
The Volkswagen ID.3 is good to drive, and the 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.
This is not the most exciting car to drive, however, despite being a rear-wheel-drive model with over 200bhp. Instead, it’s solid, safe and easy to drive rather than having any sporty pretensions. Still, the punchy performance means that there’s enough fun to be had from behind the wheel. It leans in the 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 two battery sizes, with a third on the way. All promise enough range and charging capability to keep most buyers out of trouble
- 3Running costsThe Volkswagen ID.3 should be much cheaper to run than an equivalent Volkswagen Golf for most drivers – especially company-car users
- 4Electric motor, drive & performance - currently readingThe Volkswagen ID.3 has a powerful electric motor, so it almost feels like a hot hatchback from behind the wheel
- 5Interior & comfortThe Volkswagen ID.3 feels well built, but the interior has a few too many cheap-looking plastic surfaces for our liking
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe Volkswagen ID.3 has enough space for a family, but it’s not the most spacious electric car of its type
- 7Reliability & safetyThe Volkswagen ID.3 is likely to be reliable, but there’s very little data yet. It does have a five-star safety rating, though