The new Volkswagen ID.3 electric car has been sharply criticizedSeptember 9, 2020
Electronics and finishes were criticized by German experts, but the dynamics of the movement praised
The German company Auto Motor und Sport stated that the new electric car Volkswagen ID.3 did not meet the usual standards of the automaker in terms of fit and finish and had a limited operating range.
“The inside of the hood looks as if it was painted from a spray can,” the report said, complaining about the lack of build quality of the Volkswagen brand in the car.
The review states that “the car does not meet the usual for VW high requirements for the accuracy of fitting body parts, minimum gaps, quality materials and parts.”
The criticism was caused by the fact that Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diss resigned from the day-to-day responsibility for managing the VW brand after negative comments from the company’s unions about his driving style.
Uneven gaps in the panels, a time-consuming infotainment system, and a “disoriented” navigation system that does not work are the shortcomings noted by experts.
“On the other hand, the drive and chassis work perfectly,” the review said. “No less natural and maneuverable control of a compact car is one of the strengths of ID.3.”
Reviewers pointed to a “solid” operating range of 359 kilometers with safe, calm driving, but on a more intense test lap, including driving on the highway, the battery was discharged after 260 kilometers.
In March, Volkswagen’s chief of staff criticized the company’s electric car program for falling behind schedule. VW rejected the criticism, but acknowledged that the cars need refinement.
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