Volkswagen has talked at nice size about why it selected the ID.3 identify for its new all-electric hatchback. The German large says its identify symbolizes the truth that it’s the third main, game-changing mannequin within the firm’s historical past, after the unique Beetle and Golf.

So for such an essential automotive, it’s stunning that Volkswagen made some questionable design selections, a few of which seem to only be cost-cutting workouts. As AutoTrader’s Rory Reid factors out in his ID.3 evaluation, there appears to be a variety of proof suggesting VW’s try to save lots of a couple of Euros – he even goes as far as to say this can be the rationale why there aren’t any extra bodily controls on the middle console.

Moreover, as just about all different reviewers have identified, the ID.3’s inside, whereas it appears nice, has loads of not very nice plastics – it feels constructed to a worth, possibly much more so than the Golf. And the truth that you must press an extra touch-sensitive panel as a way to management the rear home windows is unquestionably a cost-cutting measure.

Shifting outdoors, whereas the automotive ticks the design field – it appears a bit futuristic, but on the identical time it’s nonetheless recognizably a Volkswagen – there are two areas that want mentioning. Firstly, the truth that the automotive has drum brakes on the rear – positive, many of the braking is completed by way of the entrance wheels, however seeing historic tech like this on a leading edge automotive is a bit at odds with the concept it’s making an attempt to convey.

Fortunately, there’s nothing flawed about how the ID.3 will get down the street, the efficiency or the vary that it affords. It’s nice to drive, and when it comes to being an occupant, it undoubtedly feels extra particular (and spacious) than a Golf.