Volkswagen ID.3 practicality & boot space
The Volkswagen ID.3 has enough space for a family, but it’s not the most spacious electric car of its type
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Even though it’s the same size as a Golf, the Volkswagen ID.3 is more spacious inside. That’s because it was designed as an electric car from the start, and the motor and batteries are more flexible in terms of where they can be placed than a combustion engine. The relatively sparse interior with few buttons means that there’s an airy feeling to the cabin in the front, and the seats are comfy too. Light controls mean fatigue shouldn’t be an issue on long drives.
Volkswagen ID.3 interior space, storage & comfort
The ID.3 has lots of room for passengers in the back seats, as there’s enough leg and headroom for adults. There are three seats in the back and because there’s no lump in the floor in the middle, it’s relatively practical to have three passengers in the rear. There are lots of storage options in the cabin, too, with places for your phone, cupholders and decent door bins for other odds and ends.
In March 2021, Volkswagen announced a range of dealer-fit accessories for the ID.3, including an assortment of protection packs, (available with either carpet or rubber floor mats), door mirror caps and a bicycle carrier. The carrier attaches to the car’s transport hitch and is compatible with all ID.3 models except the 77kWh battery Pro S version.
The ID.3’s boot holds 385 litres with the rear seats in place, which is only a tiny bit more than you get in a Volkswagen Golf. That’s a shame, but at least there’s plenty of room for passengers. It’s smaller than a Nissan Leaf back there, as the Japanese model has 420 litres of boot space.
Fold the seats down and it opens up 1,267 litres of luggage space, but the seats don’t fold completely flat. This means there’s a significant lump in the floor that you’ll have to heft longer items over to slide them in. Still, this is even more of an issue in the Leaf, despite that car having more space with the rear seats up. The Nissan also has less room in total than the Volkswagen.
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 & performanceThe 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 space - currently readingThe 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