Volkswagen ID.3 Vs ID.4: Moneyshake Compares< Back to blog
When it comes to electric cars, Volkswagen is one of the leading EV manufacturers. Its ‘ID’ range will replace its current combustion lineup and was kickstarted in 2019 with the unveiling of the futuristic-looking, tech-savvy Volkswagen ID.3, voted Electric Car of the Year 2021. A year later, the bigger Volkswagen ID.4 debuted and also won an award a year after being released, namely the World Car of the Year 2021.
Despite being two different types of car, they’re both a great option if you want a savvy family car that produces zero emissions from a tailpipe. But which should you choose? Read our full breakdown of these two models to see how these cars compare when it comes to design, standard features, performance and running costs.
Neither the Volkswagen ID.3 or ID.4 are conventionally styled, though the former is more radical in design than the latter.
That’s because the ID.3 is based on Volkswagen’s latest MEB architecture and all versions of the car get a bunch of kit that contributes towards its futuristic looks. For example, LED headlights with reflector technology, body coloured bumpers, a black contrasting roof, LED third brake lamp and alloys with aerodynamic design keep it looking suave.
Compare this with the Volkswagen ID.4 and you can see how the Volkswagen design team has opted for a more conventional car look. Besides from the lack of grille at the front, you’d find it hard to play a game of ‘spot the difference’ with the ID.4 and a similarly-sized combustion engine Volkswagen Tiguan.
That isn’t to say there’s no ‘wow factor’. Its clean looks, emphasised by its sleek modern LED headlights and LED ‘strip’ brake lights at the back are subtle hints of the innovative features inside.
Interior design and space
Stepping inside the Volkswagen ID.3 and ID.4 is when you really start to notice how advanced these cars are. This is especially true when you see how generously equipped they are from the off.
Both models kick off the range with the Life trim, which is coincidentally the only spec available in the ID. 3. We’ve broken down all versions of the ID.3 and ID.4 below.
Volkswagen ID.3 spec comparison
Volkswagen ID.4 spec comparison
If you regularly carry passengers in the back of your car, the Volkswagen ID.4 will be best as it offers more room in the back than a Tesla Model 3. There’s also a marked difference in the comfort sitting upright in the back of the ID.4 versus the Volkswagen ID.3. Unfortunately, in the latter, there’s not a great deal of head or leg room, but that isn’t to say that it’s not spacious.
Storage options are also pretty good in the backs of both these cars. The ID.4 is slightly more generous, with useable door bins eiher side, pockets on the backs of the front seats big enough for a tablet, plus two cupholders in the centre armrest in the back.
On the other hand, the ID.3 also has door bins, though they’re slightly smaller, but still usable for a small water bottle. If you want the pockets on the back of the front seats like in the ID.4, you’ll need to choose a spec that isn’t the entry-level Life trim, which is a slight shame. However, we wouldn’t say that these are a deal breaker when you consider how much space is available inside the car.
In terms of boot space, the Volkswagen ID.4 is the outright winner here in this department. With a giant 543-litre cargo, the ID.4 has 158 litres’ more room than the ID.3, and can fit two more carry-on suitcases than the Kia EV6, Ford Mustang Mach-E and Hyundai Ioniq 5.
On top of this, the ID.4 has a broad boot opening and comes with a height-adjustable boot floor in all but Life and GTX specs. These features make it super easy to load bulkier items into the back of the car.
What about the ID.3 then? Well, while it doesn’t really stand a chance beating the bigger, broader ID.4, the ID.3 still has an impressively sized boot that’s on a par with the Volkswagen Golf. It also comes with a height-adjustable boot floor on the Family, Max, Style and Tour trims. Just like in the Volkswagen ID.4, this adjustable floor frees up useful space for you to store charging cables.
Performance, range and price
Electric cars are renowned for their ability to accelerate rapidly; their electric motors generate instant power because there’s no combustion process (i.e. the burning of fuel) needed to power the car’s wheels.
But which of these two cars is quicker? The short answer is that it depends entirely on the version of car you choose.
The least powerful ID.3 has a 145bhp electric motor, while the least powerful ID.4 pips this slightly, with 148bhp. However, the ID.3 is the smaller, lighter car and so 0-60mph for the ID.3 takes 9.6 seconds, versus 10.9 seconds in the bigger, heavier ID.4.
Look further up the range and things start to even themselves out a bit. For example, in the middle of the ID.3 range there’s a more powerful 150bhp electric motor, which can whizz you up to 62mph from standstill in 8.9 seconds. The ID.4, meanwhile, is available with a punchier 170bhp electric motor, with a very similar acceleration time of 9.0 seconds.
Last (but certainly not least) is the top-spec ID.3 and ID.4 models, labelled ‘Pro Performance’ and ‘GTX’ respectively. This is where the ID.4 comes into its own, getting hot hatch acceleration that feels genuinely quick (0-62mph in 6.2 seconds!) delivered by a whopping 299bhp electric motor. Meanwhile, the best performing ID.3 is slightly off the mark here (0-62mph in 7.3 seconds), but it’s still plenty brisk enough and has a healthy 204bhp electric motor.
What about the stats that really matter in an electric car – the range? Interestingly, the Volkswagen ID.3 has a smaller battery on its entry-level models, with a 45kWh unit delivering an official WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure) range of 216 between charges.
The Volkswagen ID.4 uses a bigger 52kWh battery in it’s lower-spec trims, but it’s bigger size means that it uses slightly more delivers an official WLTP range of 213 miles between charges, so there isn’t much between them.
Should you need more range from your electric car, the ID.3 is available with a mid-range 58kWh battery that delivers a more useful 264 miles of range between charges. However, there’s no mid-range version of the ID.4, just a range-topping 77kWh battery version that has a very impressive range of 322 miles.
Volkswagen also developed a 77kWh battery version of the smaller ID.3 too. Things are even more impressive when you look at the range figures here, with this version of the car being able to officially travel 340 miles between charges.
Unfortunately, the UK Government is no longer providing the £1,500 plug-in grant for new electric cars worth under £32,000. If it was still in existence, you would only have been able to use it towards the cost of buying, leasing or financing a entry-level Volkswagen ID.3 Life.
All other versions of the ID.3 start from £33,000 (Style) and go up to £38,000 (Tour).
The Volkswagen ID.4 Life is slightly more expensive, starting at £34,000 and even getting to the £41,000 mark for the 77kWh version of this spec.
If you want the best performane and spec in your new electric family car, the sporty GTX trim starts from around £48,000, whereas the luxury Max is more expensive still, with prices starting from £50,000.
We recommend looking at lease prices for electric cars, which break the cost of these (typically) more expensive models down into manageable fixed monthly payments.
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