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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

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Running costs & insurance rating

4.5 out of 5

Price
£29,815 - £39,860
Fuel Type:
Electric
Insurance groupWarrantyService intervalAnnual company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
18-263yrs / 60,000 miles2yrs / 20,000 milesFrom £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.

Warranty

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.

Servicing

All Volkswagen 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.

Road tax

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%.

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