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Nearly new buying guide: Volkswagen ID 3


A heavy battery requires a stiff suspension set-up to support it properly, so don’t expect the ID 3 to offer luxury car levels of ride comfort. It’s far from harsh, but around town in particular it’s choppy over potholes, and it frequently fidgets around on the motorway. 

The interior of the ID 3 has a futuristic feel without being so revolutionary that it’ll scare anyone. There’s a digital pod behind the steering wheel with a small but clear 5.3in display that shows the speed, range and sat-nav instructions, and a rotary-style gear selector on the side. However, the interior quality overall is decidedly iffy, with plenty of cheap, hard plastics in evidence. 

All ID 3s come with a 10.0in infotainment touchscreen, which is quite a bit smaller than the 15.0in display in the Tesla Model 3. Sadly, Volkswagen’s latest infotainment software is laggy and has a confusing layout, and it’s nothing like as slick as that of the Model 3.

Front and rear passenger space is excellent, with plenty of head and legroom available. The boot is about the same size as the one in the Golf, which is fine for the typical requirements of fitting in a buggy, the weekly shop or a couple of reasonably sized suitcases.

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