Volkswagen ID.3 running costs & insurance
The Volkswagen ID.3 should be much cheaper to run than an equivalent Volkswagen Golf for most drivers – especially company-car users
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||Annual company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|18-26||3yrs/60,000 miles||2yrs/20,000 miles||From £134/£268|
The Volkswagen ID.3 is priced to compete with close rivals like the Kia e-Niro and Nissan Leaf, so while it’s quite a bit more expensive than a Golf with a similar level of standard equipment, the electric VW looks like reasonable value for money.
Running an ID.3 for around 10,000 miles per annum will cost around £500 a year or less if you stick to home charging. Frequent rapid charges from pricey public points will see those costs rise, though. The current electric-car Benefit-in-Kind company-car tax rate of 2%, plus exemption from the London Congestion Charge until 2025, will see business users and those living in or near the capital saving even more money.
Volkswagen ID.3 insurance group
The ID.3 sits in insurance groups 18 to 26 depending on the exact specification chosen. That's about overage for this kind of electric car, as the more powerful Nissan Leaf gets the same rating. Volkswagen offers its own insurance with a three-year fixed-price rate for the car. You’re not tied in, so after a year you can always switch if you find a better price.
All Volkswagen cars are covered by a three-year/60,000-mile manufacturer's warranty, which is on par with the industry standard, but falls some way behind the seven-year cover you get on a Kia or Hyundai. The ID.3's batteries are also protected by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty, should their ability to hold a charge degrade significantly in that time.
All of Volkswagen's ID. electric cars have a fixed service schedule, which involves a simple inspection service after two years. From then, it’s every year or 20,000 miles, whichever comes up soonest. This means the ID.3 should be a lot cheaper to service than a petrol, diesel or hybrid model – and with no oil to change, services are cheaper, too.
As with all electric cars, you don’t have to pay vehicle excise duty (VED), otherwise known as road tax, on the ID.3. It costs very little as a company car, too, as its current Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax band is just 2%.
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 – all promise enough range and charging capability to keep most buyers out of trouble
- 3Running costs & insurance - currently readingThe Volkswagen ID.3 should be much cheaper to run than an equivalent Volkswagen Golf for most drivers – especially company-car users
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe 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