Overall, the ratings for the first electric car in Volkswagen’s ID family are very good.
For adult occupants (score = 87%), ID.3 introduces the central airbag, placed between the 2 front seats. For example, it prevents an impact to the head between the driver and the passenger in the event of a side collision. “This system has worked well,” stressed Euro NCAP. The organization also appreciated that occupants are protected in the passenger compartment in a similar way regardless of their size and position. However, weaknesses were noted in the protection of the driver’s chest in particular, and in the projection of bodies at the other end of the cabin in the event of a side impact.
A score of 89% was assigned to ID.3 regarding the protection of children on board. Euro NCAP points out that this car “got the maximum points” in the front offset tests and in the impact with a side barrier.
Concerning the protection of other road users – pedestrians and cyclists in particular – Euro NCAP indicates that the bonnet and the front bumper have absorbed the impacts well. This was not the case, however, with the windshield pillars. The organization also noted the lack of a rear pedestrian detection system. The video provided by Euro NCAP shows the ID.3’s good ability to detect other road users and brake automatically. Cyclists and other cars, however, are better identified than pedestrians.
The German electric compact owes its 88% in terms of driving assistance and safety devices to its fatigue detection and driver attention system, a smooth correction of the trajectory at the slightest deviation, and a speed control that relies on a camera and digital mapping.
Obtaining 5 stars in European crash tests does not mean that everything is perfect in terms of active and passive safety. The Volkwagen ID.3 is no exception to this rule. Of the sixty or so passenger cars tested since the start of 2019, Euro NCAP has awarded 47 of them 5 stars!
So, for the protection of adults on board in the event of an impact, 87% is not a particularly good value. In the 2019-2020 panel of the organization, 48 models do better, and sometimes far ahead. Twenty have a percentage above 95, with laurels crowning the Mazda CX-30 (99%). For comparison, the Volkswagen Golf scored 95% on this point, and the Chinese-origin Aiways U5 and MG ZS EV models 73% and 90% respectively.
On the other hand, few models tested in 2019 and 2020 by Euro NCAP reach or exceed the 89% received by ID.3 regarding the protection of children on board. There are only 4 or 5 Mercedes above (EQC, GLE, CLA…), the Volkswagen Golf, the Subaru Forester, and the Renault Clio.
Regarding the protection of other road users (pedestrians, cyclists, other vehicles), Euro NCAP ratings are not often very high. The ID.3 receives 71%, well above the average passenger car tested since January 2019.
Where the Volkswagen ID.3 is strong is when it comes to driver assistance and safety devices. Of the sixty cars tested by Euro NCAP in 2019 and 2020, only the Tesla Model X and Model 3 do better by 6 points than its 88%. And no other to really follow her!