September 28, 2023

2023 Volkswagen ID.3 review

Volkswagen’s bestselling EV within the UK has had an replace for 2023 – we drive the brand new, improved ID.3…

The VW ID.3 electrical hatchback has been handled to a light makeover and tech replace, regardless of solely being launched in 2020.

Volkswagen has listened to suggestions (a few of it lukewarm) and acted on it swiftly. The result’s a extra mature proposition.

Crucially, the adjustments may even preserve the automotive aggressive within the ever-increasing EV household hatch sector, the place rivals embody the ID.3’s VW Group cousin, the Cupra Born, plus the MG4, Nissan Leaf, Renault Megane E-Tech Electrical, Vauxhall Astra Electrical and Peugeot e-308.

2023 Volkswagen ID.3 review

The ID.3’s exterior styling tweaks are refined, to say the least. The entrance now encompasses a longer-looking bonnet on account of the elimination of the black strip beneath the windscreen, plus bigger air intakes. The honeycomb impact on the bumper has additionally gone and LED headlights are actually commonplace.

Badging alongside the facet of the automotive, plus decals on the rear pillar, have vanished too, leading to cleaner traces, whereas the rear mild cluster is tweaked and it has a particular X-shaped mild signature.

The cabin has had an improve too. There are actually extra soft-touch surfaces, whereas the seat covers and door trims use material fabricated from 71% recycled supplies.

Lastly, the infotainment system (one of many unique ID.3’s largest points), has improved software program and might now be up to date over-the-air.

2023 Volkswagen ID.3 review

The menu construction is clearer and it appeared slicker and extra responsive on our check drives. Even the controversial touch-sensitive sliders on the backside of the touchscreen and on the steering wheel labored higher.

Sadly, UK patrons should wait till 2024 for the brand new, bigger 12.9-inch central display, which advantages from backlit local weather and quantity controls – one of many large criticisms of the unique automotive.

There’s additionally a extra clever route planner for the sat nav (which schedules charging stops extra successfully on longer journeys), improved voice management and a powerful augmented actuality head-up show which tasks instructions from the sat nav onto the street forward.

Mechanically, the rear-wheel drive ID.3 is far the identical, so there’s nonetheless a alternative of two batteries – 58kWh within the Professional and 77kWh within the Professional S, delivering ranges of as much as 266 miles and 347 miles respectively.

2023 Volkswagen ID.3 review

Priced from £37,115, each develop 204bhp, although the Professional accelerates a tad faster to 62mph (7.4 vs 7.9 seconds).

One other change is that the ID.3’s charging capability has been uprated. So, the Execs S may be charged from 5-80% inside half-hour at speeds of as much as 170kW, whereas the Professional takes 35 minutes with a charging capability of as much as 120kW.

The revised ID.3 isn’t any completely different to the “first technology” mannequin on the street, which implies that it’s competent and guaranteed.

It’s no Golf within the dealing with division and is unlikely to place a smile in your face like some EVs, however it’s straightforward to drive and a refined cruiser.

2023 Volkswagen ID.3 review

It’s additionally good within the metropolis with respectable all-round visibility, mild steering and a good turning circle of simply 10.2 metres.

There’s additionally loads of grip and it smoothed out poorer street surfaces properly, however it’s not at its happiest when hustled on extra demanding roads.

There are three drive modes (Eco, Consolation and Sport), however the actuality is that the ID.3 is all about consolation and extracting most miles from a cost.

2023 Volkswagen ID.3 review

Frankly, there’s not a lot between the Professional and Execs S, apart from vary. If something, the 58kWh Professional S is a tad extra nimble, however in the end, the ID.3 nonetheless lacks the driving engagement of some rivals.

So, there aren’t many gripes with the improved ID.3. The brake pedal nonetheless has a comparatively lengthy journey, which takes a little bit of getting used to, and paddles or buttons behind the steering wheel to regulate the brake technology stage can be a bonus.

And the ID.3 can’t be faulted on the subject of house contained in the cabin the place there’s lots entrance and rear, whereas the boot has a wholesome 385-litre capability, rising to 1,267 litres with the again seats flipped down.

2023 Volkswagen ID.3 review

It’s secure too, boasting a most 5 stars from Euro NACAP. The ID.3 has all the most recent security and driver help methods. And new for 2023 is Journey Help, which helps preserve your car in its lane, retains its distance from the car in entrance and preserve your pre-defined pace.

Verdict: The up to date Volkswagen ID.3 is a welcome enchancment. Secure, spacious, refined and a doddle to drive, it’s a smart electrical hatchback alternative with a superb vary.

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