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Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback - Practicality & boot space

Its compact EV powertrain allows more space for passengers to spread out, but top cars only have four seats

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Overall the ID.3 is 20mm shorter than a Golf but the distance between its front and rear axles (also known as the wheelbase) is 13cm longer, maximising interior space and particularly back seat legroom. There’s enough room for adults to sit comfortably in the back as a result.

It all adds up to a car that feels like a Polo in town, looks like a Golf from outside and feels like a Passat for passengers. The lack of a central tunnel makes the car feel wider, and eliminates any fighting for foot space if there are three people in the back.

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However, if you do want to carry a full cohort of passengers, make sure you go for the cheaper Pro model with the 58kWh battery; Pro S cars only offer seating for four – a sacrifice you’ll have to make for that bigger battery and longer all-electric range.

VW ID.3 interior space & storage

Overall the ID.3 is 20mm shorter than a Golf but the distance between its front and rear axles is 13cm longer, maximising interior space and particularly back seat legroom. There’s enough room for adults to sit comfortably in the back as a result.

It all adds up to a car that feels like a Polo in town, looks like a Golf from outside and feels like a Passat for passengers. The lack of a central tunnel makes the car feel wider, and eliminates any fighting for foot space if there are three people in the back.

Boot space

Despite the rear-mounted motor, the ID.3 actually has more room in the boot than a VW Golf, at 385 litres versus 380 litres. Volkswagen didn't see the need to fit a 'frunk' at the front to match Tesla, instead using the space under the bonnet to house the air conditioning system.

With the rear seats down, there’s 1,267 litres of boot space. That’s a bit more than you get in a Nissan Leaf in the same configuration (1,176 litres) although the Leaf is bigger in the back with the seats up (420 litres).

You’ll be able to order bike racks and transport boxes but the ID.3 isn’t able to tow a trailer. The bigger Volkswagen ID.4 is able to tow, however.

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Andy is Carbuyer's managing editor, with more than a decade of experience helping consumers find their perfect car. He has an MA in automotive journalism and has tested hundreds of vehicles.

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