Why the Volkswagen ID.3 was rightly not named Car of the Year 2021

1. Annoying buttons on the handlebar

Hate is a strong word, but the digital buttons on the steering wheel of the Volkswagen ID.3 test our patience. Sometimes you have to press it, sometimes rubbing works. Sometimes nothing works. The fact that touchscreens take over the work of physical buttons is a known problem. But that the buttons on the steering wheel are no longer sacred …


2. Cluttered infotainment menus

Volkswagen used to be known for its excellent handling, but now leave it. The menu of the infotainment system looks nice, but no matter how we massage, tickle or strangle the central touchscreen of the Volkswagen ID.3, we sometimes fail to find functions.


3. Really, doesn’t it have a rear view camera?

The Volkswagen ID.3 of 38 mille has no rear view camera and that is a shortcoming. You often have to reverse parking at fast charging stations.


4. Lots of teething problems

Even before the introduction of the Volkswagen ID.3, there were software problems. In Wolfsburg, they worked with all their might to resolve these before launch, but they did not quite succeed. Volkswagen did not want to postpone the ID.3, so the manufacturer has an electric car on the market that is in fact not 100 percent finished.

Owners of a Volkswagen ID.3 not only have to deal with electronic malfunctions and problems with the navigation system, but are also dissatisfied with the range and ease of use.


5. Range Volkswagen ID.3

We measured the range of the Volkswagen ID.3 at 100 km / h and 130 km / h. At 100 km / h there is nothing wrong. A range of 355 kilometers (temperature: 11 degrees) is quite decent. The WLTP range of the Volkswagen ID.3 is 424 kilometers, so it is not far below that in practice. We are a bit shocked by the high power consumption at 130 km / h: 25.8 kWh / 100 km. That equates to a range of 224 kilometers.

Of course, the fresh outside temperature does not cooperate (it had dropped to 5 degrees in the evening), but that is the reality when you get behind the wheel of your Volkswagen ID.3 in the winter.

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