I thought I would offer my (initial) thoughts on the ID.3…
Pre-warning - this is all a bit rambling and long and disjointed so apologies in advance.
In no particular order:
It feels huge compared to the e208 - a bit like driving a van, with the big (normal sized) steering wheel, high seating position, big windscreen, short bonnet, and also the individual arm rests.
I think it drives really well though when on the move - so smooth and refined, very good ride quality, and handling is better than the Kona for sure. RWD is a big bonus for me - it just feels so much more ‘mature’ and unflustered with no torque steer or even a hint of wheel spin.
It’s plenty quick enough for just about anyone - it definitely has the extra bit of oomph that was missing in the e208, and it’s much easier to make use of the power than it was in the FWD Kona.
That said, it doesn’t (for now) particularly feel fun to drive like the e208 and even more so the i3 did. It’s amazingly well composed and comfortable and handles well, but it’s not particularly fun.
I think it looks really smart externally especially with the Andoya wheels. I’d go as far as saying I prefer it over the e208. Very pleased with the silver colour.
Overall quality in terms of a general feeling of solidity, boot/ door closing sound/feel, overall fit and and finish etc is definitely there. I haven’t really got a problem with the appearance of the material inside - even the door card which lots of reviews tend to mention. I just don’t think I spend that long looking at bits like that. That said, a few bits do stand out to me as not being that great - but that’s not because of how they look but how they feel. Main one so far is the door arm rests are insufficiently padded and are inconsistent with the central arm rests (which are nicely padded). The other one is the gear selector doesn’t offer enough resistance for my liking - the i3’s was nicer.
Display quality of the screens is excellent-the best yet. Super sharp, and it really makes a noticeable difference to how nice it is using CarPlay on it.
The driver’s display is nice but sort of frustrating - battery SoC% is the obvious thing missing but also it could just generally bit a bit larger so didn’t have to compromise on what’s showing.
Seats are very firm vs the e208. I was really comfortable in the Peugeot seats, so this will take some getting used to. I haven’t immediately found a comfortable driving position. The steering wheel doesn’t go low enough for my liking - even in the lowest position it’s still quite angled so I sort of feel like I’m driving a van quite often.
General feeling is that it’s quite a fancy car - with the pano roof, multi colour mood lighting, exterior lighting displays, ID light etc etc. Similar to the e208 in that regard, and something the Kona didn’t do for me.
Something I didn’t really expect is that is seems to be quite a head-turner - already had one chap in the car next to me get me to lower my window at a red light to ask about the car.
Rear visibility seems poor, due mainly I think to the rear headrests - particularly the central one. I actually went to lower it thinking it had been left up only to find it was already as low as it goes.
ACC (in operation) seems great - smooth and reliable. Still need to experiment with the different options in terms of having eco-assist on or off and seeing which I prefer in different circumstances.
Steering feels quite heavy compared to the e208 - for some reason I expected the ID.3’s steering to be very light, but I’m pleasantly surprised by the weighting. I will miss the e208’s small wheel though.
Stereo is acceptable. e208 was better.
The electric windows do that thing which I think seems unrefined and a bit cheap of just smashing into the top and bottom position at full whack, instead of doing it with more control.
The window wipers are a bit weird (obviously were designed for a LHD car), and there’s an oddly long delay between pulling the stalk to get screen wash and it actually appearing on the screen.
Central cubby area is nice, big and feels well made… but the wireless charger is going to have to be for occasional short use as it heated my phone up to the point of it shutting down.
Pano roof is nice - was nice this morning on a dingy autumn day to have the shade open letting more light in. I can see it being something that might actually be more useful in winter and just either side rather than in summer when it will probably need to stay shut quite often.
Haven’t had need to test it yet, but the rear passenger and boot space is great - it’s on another level compared to the Kona.
And now the main bad points… (with the proviso that I fully expect to become more accustomed to these aspects over time).
Touch sensitive buttons - I don’t know what they were thinking really. It’s not really just that they are touch sensitive but also the positioning and the fact that some aren’t backlit at night.
In the first 24 hours I’ve accidentally:
- Activated the central locking switch on the door.
- Activated the electric window lock.
- Turned on the hazard warning lights on a motorway.
- Changed the volume when I wanted to change the temperature.
- Changed the ACC distance when I wanted to change the set speed
- Changed the ACC set speed when I wanted to the change the distance
I just find it pretty amazing that VW bosses signed off on it like it is. Like I said I’m sure I’ll get more used to it all, but it’s not good. I’ve seen plenty of comments from owners on other forums sort of defending it for one reason or another, but I think if most of them were really honest with themselves they’d accept that at least some of the touch sensitive controls need to be removed / relocated / redesigned, and the car would be better for it.
Media system - it’s acceptable, but it needs further improvement. Touchscreens just aren’t a sensible solution for interaction when driving. It’s just common sense. More manufacturers need to provide a rotary controller like BMW / Mazda.
Voice control - seems fairly hopeless a lot of the time. The i3’s was better. I’ll give it time though.
Miscellaneous (unless I just haven’t found it yet)
There doesn’t seem to be any indication of what radio station you’ve changed to unless you have the radio widget / app displayed. So if you are navigating via CarPlay and change the station via the steering wheel buttons, you have no indication of what you changed to.
No way of changing audio source via the steering wheel. Will be the first car I’ve had in a long time that has this omission.
ID light thing - meh, seems like a bit of a gimmick so far rather than anything really useful.
Headlights - very good. I hadn’t really appreciated that the matrix thing is also useful when driving on a straight road behind other vehicles … it means the hedgerows etc either side of you are lit much better. Tried it on the motorway for 10 mins and nobody on either side flashed or made any indication of being annoyed. Probably won’t use it on motorways again though just in case.
Autohold works alright but the brakes grab and creak when coming to a stop - like all EVs I’ve had bar the i3.
Overall, it’s very nice but I don’t feel like it’s super amazing wonderful.