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Long Term Test: Volkswagen ID.3

23 November 2021

Volkswagen ID.3 LTT 2021

And so my electrically powered odyssey continues. I now have a Volkswagen ID.3 to spend the next six months in, following the departure of the Vauxhall Mokka-e. I still can’t charge at home, so I remain at the mercy of the UK charging network, but as the past six months have proven, there’s absolutely no need for that to be a deal-breaker.

We’ve gone for the entry-level ID.3, partly to see if you’re losing anything by going for the base-level trim, and partly to see if the least powerful model with the smallest battery still makes a case for itself.

So, what do you get for your £29,580 P11D price? A single electric motor sitting on the rear axle, that developed 150hp. The 45kWh battery offers a WLTP range of 216 miles, which experience suggests Volkswagen ID.3 LTT 2021will be closer to 180 in the real world, depending on the type of motoring being covered. The onset of winter and its battery-sapping sub-zero temperatures could also have an effect on this.

Still, it’s brisk, with 0-62mph in less than nine seconds, so it feels decently nippy off the line.

Standard kit is good, too, with automatic lights and wipers, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel (bring on winter!), satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and keyless start (but not entry).

Roll on the next few months!

Euan Doig

Tester's notes

• The optional £180 three-pin charging cable has already proved its worth, allowing me to charge up when visiting family.

• I now know how my parents felt, because the ID.3 doesn’t listen to a word I say. The voice control hates my accent.

The stats

Volkswagen ID.3 Pure Performance 45 kWh 150PS

P11D: £29,580

Official efficiency: 216 miles

Our efficiency:

CO2: 0g/km