German Auto Magazine Criticizes Volkswagen's ID.3 For Build Quality
Auto Motor Und Sport has a few issues with the new Volkswagen ID.3, should we be concerned?
Recently a German automotive magazine Auto Motor Und Sport has criticized Volkswagen's new electric vehicle the ID.3. They have stated that the seats looks worn and used, claiming that they looked like seats out of 200,000 km automobile. They've also brought to attention that inner section of the hood has incomplete paint work and looked like it was done with a spray can. Furthermore, they claimed the infotainment was slow and unfinished. Their criticism doesn't stop there, as they also dangerously claim the range of the vehicle was lower than what Volkswagen claims it can achieve. Auto Motor Und Sports finishes by insulting the price of the ID.3, stating it should half the 49,000 euro sticker price.
Both Photo's by Auto Motor Und Sport
The Reality Of The Claims
Right, the seats do looked outdated, I'll admit to that however, they're not horrendous. Most people typically put seat covers over their seats, regardless of their appearance. If using cheaper fabric helps reduce the cost of the vehicle, then I say go for it. They didn't state that they were uncomfortable and to me that's what's most important. Using an industrial gray paint inside the inner hood is another questionable move. However, I think of internal combustion vehicles and they typically cover that section with some sort of heat protector, usually colored black, which also doesn't match the outside paint. What does Auto Motor Und Sport expect? Netting, a compartment or a mirror finish? Sure, why not? Except that'll raise the price of the vehicle. Now as for the speed of the infotainment system. I drive a few year old Volkswagen Golf and mine is quick to navigate and comes with handy shortcuts with multiple screens and features. I can't imagine the ID.3 is as slow as a Windows 98 dial up computer. So, as long as you can adjust the volume and navigate your music quickly, I don't have an issue with it. Alright, that brings us to the dangerous range claim. As we all know range depends on the driver, weather, elevation, weight, and even type of fuel (for internal combustion). All I can say is perhaps try 80 miles per hour on the Autobahn, on a mild sunny day and see what kind of range you can achieve.
An example of a internal combustion's inner hood.
Volkswagen's ID.3 is something new from Volkswagen. Volkswagen has never mass produced electric vehicles before, even though they plan too. What Auto Motor Und Sport calls quality issues is in reality production savings. This helps lower the price of the vehicle both to manufacture and to sell. Electric vehicles are currently expensive to manufacture and takes critical thinking to keep the price from being ridiculous. Truth be told, the Volkswagen ID.3 has a great safety ranking and has some progressive technology featured. 49,000 euro is indeed pricey for a Volkswagen however, when they have practice and infrastructure in place the prices will go down. Driving an electric vehicles is always cheaper than what the sticker price states. This is due to the savings on gasoline, repair and maintenance, emissions and road tax. Volkswagen isn't Audi therefore, they create upscale blue collar automobiles, you shouldn't expect it to be a Tesla. Volkswagen does a fantastic job of making vehicles with better specifications and features than the competition. The ID.3 has no real issues and is a quality vehicle.
What do you think of Volkswagen's new ID.3? Please let me know in comments down below.
Ruffo, Gustavo Henrique. “VW ID.3: German Magazine Bashes EV For Low Build Quality And Paint.” InSIDEEVs, 9 Sept. 2020, 1:28pm ET, insideevs.com/news/443245/german-magazine-bashes-vw-id3/
Mörer-Funk, Axel. “VW ID.3 Mit Problemen Im Ersten Test: Fährt Gut, Patzt Bei Verarbeitung Und Elektronik.” Auto Motor Und Sport, 9 Sept. 2020, www.auto-motor-und-sport.de/elektroauto/vw-id-3-qualitaetsprobleme-test-verarbeitung-elektronik/