Say hello to…
…the revised VW ID3. After a less than impressive start, the ID3 when it first went on sale four years ago it has now been taken aside, given a good talking to and come back stronger.
The exterior now looks that bit more grown up – as a Volkswagen should. And the interior is now built using higher grade materials.
The overall range has been simplified too, there’s just two versions, the Pro with a 58kWh battery and Pro S with a 77kWh battery. Both versions can then have option packs added.
Standard equipment includes 120kW charging, 5.3-inch digital driver’s display, twin-zone aircon, front and rear powered windows, auto wipers and lights, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, keyless start, front and rear parking sensors, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, auto high-beam, 10-inch infotainment touchscreen, satnav, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 4x USB sockets and 18-inch alloys.
Is The Volkswagen ID3 Suitable For My Fleet
Volkswagen’s updates have made the car hugely more appealing to all, and the simplification of the range should help residual values too. There’s also still a good amount of room in the ID3 for both passengers and luggage (385 litres). Being all-electric it sits in the 2% benefit-in-kind tax band too.
Leasing A Volkswagen ID3
Lease rates have also improved on the ID3 with Intelligent Car Leasing currently offering the Pro model for £493 a month on a 3+36 contract over 20,000 miles a year. Gensen Reports show the Class 1A NIC at £8 a month and maintenance at £52.
Driving A Volkswagen ID3
The leap in material quality within the cabin makes a big difference to the revised ID3. Immediately, the car feels a better, more well-constructed, place to be.
And the drive experience is still very good. The ID3 rides and steers with good manners. Motorway work is a breeze thanks to good stability and excellent refinement.
Show the ID3 a twisty road and it remains composed and is almost fun. It’s a grown up car.
Around town the ID3 is, again, composed, although we’d like to see one-pedal driving being available. The regen braking is set at a decent level, but it would be nice to have the option of a full stop under regen.
However, as we’ve said before about the ID3 and sister car the Cupra Born, the infotainment system and controls within the car aren’t the best, even with a few improvements.
While the operating system is improving through over-the-air updates, the controls themselves – such as the stereo volume and aircon touch buttons are difficult to use and still unlit at night. The steering wheel controls are touch sensitive too and also not as easy to use at traditional buttons
These control issues even extend the powered windows which have a touch panel to toggle between front and rear operation, making is extremely easy to accidentally open the rear window when you wanted the front and vice versa.
All the changes to the ID3 have to be welcomed, but there’s still a little way to go to reach best-in-class.
FleetandLeasing.com Verdict On The Volkswagen ID3
Updates have made the VW ID3 much more appealing, but it’s still not quite a class leader.
- Model: ID3 Pro
- Power: 204hp
- Torque: 310Nm
- Max speed: 99mph
- 0-62mph: 7.3s
- Official range: 267 miles
- Test range: 220 miles
- CO2 emissions: 0g/km
- BIK tax band 2023/24: 2%