Watch: An Extremely In-Depth Review of the ID.3

The Germans are very excited about the ID.3, VW’s contender against the Model 3 in the compact EV battle. That means that Autogefühl is going in-depth with one of the first video reviews of the production car.

And I mean in-depth. The video lasts a full 45 minutes as host Thomas Majchrzak—thank god we aren’t being asked to pronounce that—talks you through nearly every detail of the car’s looks, technology, and driving dynamics.

The highlights, though, are that the car feels powerful enough, even despite its somewhat disappointing performance figures, the interior really is quite large as VW promised, and there’s some fun technology.

Not all of the tech is good, though. There are only two window levers on the driver’s door, for instance. To open the rear windows, then, you have to press a capacitive button marked “Rear” and then the two buttons open the rear windows. If it sounds a little unclear, it’s because it is and it feels like something that sounded cooler in the meeting than it does in real life.

The interior is also filled with acres of cheap-feeling plastic, which is unfortunate. Although the car starts affordable, its price can quickly rise past the place where such materials would have been acceptable.

Build quality, though—that old Achilles heel of Tesla’s—is good on the ID.3. Obviously it’s early to know for sure, but early indications are that VW’s history of making solid cars is being put to good use here.

But driving-wise, the ID.3 holds up. So we’re excited to see what comes of the ID.4 when it arrives in the US.