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Volkswagen ID.3 reliability & safety

The Volkswagen ID.3 is likely to be reliable, but there’s very little data yet. It does have a five-star safety rating, though

Volkswagen ID.3
Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability & safety rating

4.0 out of 5

£30,980 - £41,600
Fuel Type:
Euro NCAPAdult protectionChild protectionSafety assist
5 stars (2020)87%89%88%

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 crash-tested the ID.3 in October 2020, awarding it the maximum five-star overall score, as well as 87% and 89% for adult and child occupant protection respectively, plus 88% for its safety assistance systems. The independent expert body commented that: "robust structural integrity and the latest in restraint technology are combined with high-tech sensors to offer excellent all-round protection for the car’s occupants and for other road-users".

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.

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