Reviewing the ID.3, Volkswagen’s new electric car offering, Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport said, it falls short of the carmaker’s usual standards of fit and finish; also it had a limited operating range.
The review comes ahead of the launch of the ID.3
“The inner side of the hood looks like it was painted with a spray can,” said the publication, lamenting the absence of Volkswagen’s trademark build quality in a pre-production model they were testing in this week’s edition.
The criticism comes at a time when VW’s CEO Herbert Diess has relinquished day-to-day management responsibility for the VW brand, following criticism by the company’s labor leaders over his management style.
According to the report by the publication, its criticism of the ID.3 includes, uneven panel gaps, a navigation system which fails to work and an infotainment system which takes undue time to fire up. Although the ID.3’s powertrain came up with some much needed praise it got limited by the 359 milerange, said the report.
Volkswagen’s labor chief has also been critical of the company’s electric car program for having fallen behind schedule.
In March, VW had rejected criticism on the ID.3 but admitted that it needed last minute improvements.
Last week, Diess had driven Tesla’s Model Y and had showered praises on it.
“This car is for us in many aspects (not in all!) a reference: user experience, updatability, driving features, performance of the top of the range models, charging network, range,” Diess had said.
By 2025, VW plans on building 1.5 million electric cars. The Volkswagen Group, whose brands include Porsche, Audi, Skoda, Bentley and Bugatti, plans on launching 75 electric cars by 2029 and be capable of building 26 million vehicles.