Watch: Running the ID.3 to Death

We hear range figures thrown around a lot. WLTP says this, EPA says that, Porsche says something else. But what does it all mean? CarWow decided to run the ID.3 first edition until it stopped moving to see what that was like and what the range looks like on a normal highway drive.

From 94% charge, the ID.3 made it 211 miles, which is lower than Volkswagen’s estimate, but was accomplished almost entirely on the highway, which is where EVs are least efficient.

Perhaps more interestingly, how Mat Watson found out what it’s like for an ID.3 battery to go flat. And it’s not that big a deal, frankly. The car warns you that you’re running out juice, then it warns you again, then slow down a bit, it slows down almost completely (giving you just enough power to maneuver the car, and finally it stops. Crucially, the battery never went so flat that the power steering stopped working, and even when it stopped, the car could still be pushed safely into a parking spot.

Pretty unspectacular. Naturally, he needed a quick charge from the Royal Automobile Club to get him to the nearest fast-charging station, but even that was pretty unspectacular. Mind you it all took time.

Along the way, he also took time to review the car, and rated it positively, saying buyers should “shortlist” the car. Although the build quality and some materials aren’t quite up to scratch (or are too scratchy), the overall experience is nice. It’s a good all-rounder at a good price. How VW is that?