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
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety 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.
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 spaceThe Volkswagen ID.3 has enough space for a family, but it’s not the most spacious electric car of its type
- 7Reliability & safety - currently readingThe Volkswagen ID.3 is likely to be reliable, but there’s very little data yet. It does have a five-star safety rating, though