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With the good deals that have been advertised I thought I'd go try an ID.3 and maybe buy if it was right for me. Having had a Nissan Leaf 30 kwh for 4 years I would like a bit more range. I'm 6ft4 so look at cars a bit different to most, this is what I found when driving the Life Pro Performance model

Good stuff:
  • Seat upholstery on the life was okay, the family only a tiny upgrade quality wise.
  • The centre screen was quick and the touch sensitive buttons worked okay for me. Very crisp image on the displays.
  • The controls for mirrors and window switches are good, in some ways I prefer them to normal style.
  • Seat goes a long way back
  • Re-gen pretty good (others have stronger but this is good level)
  • Cruise works fantastic to slow you down when coming up to a car, really smooth.
  • Jump in, brake, drive and away you go. No need for handbrake, foot brake or electric parking brake release. Just the way it should be

Not so great things:
  • No adjustment of seat belt height (this is like going back to the 80s)
  • The peddles are not lined up properly, the brake is too far to the right.
  • The A pillars have huge blind spots (I owned a Mitsubishi Colt which is awful and you could miss a truck, this is almost as bad).
  • The B pillar is to far forward, I'd rub it on every entry and exit
  • As the seat is quite low for an electric vehicle the seat needs to go back further. There is little room in the rear after that. Rear passenger can't put feet under the seat when it's low.
  • Touch controls on steering wheel aren't the best and could be labeled a lot better.
  • It rolls back at junctions, there is a setting for this most likely but why not on by default.
  • Rear view is pretty small. The rear camera would certainly be desirable.

Overall an okay car, I found the build quality average, my Leaf feels a bit more solid and due to the seats being more upright it has more room (it's also a slightly longer car though). So not the right car for me, but for a lot of people it's a good deal at the prices they're currently selling at.
 

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I agree with some of your "not so great things". The blind spot is pretty huge & does take some leaning to look around it at junctions & roundabouts.

The peddles are not lined up properly, the brake is too far to the right.
I think this is probably just a subjective view based on what you're used to in the Leaf. I found it fine coming from an e-Golf and an automatic vRS before that.

As the seat is quite low for an electric vehicle the seat needs to go back further. There is little room in the rear after that. Rear passenger can't put feet under the seat when it's low.
The seat is height adjustable on all models. It has quite a lot of range.

It rolls back at junctions, there is a setting for this most likely but why not on by default.
Yes, there is auto hold which stays on permanently once it's set. It's easily accessible by pulling down from the top of the main screen. I'm not sure it's off by default, but suspect it may be turned off by people test driving the car before you who are not used to it.

my Leaf feels a bit more solid and due to the seats being more upright it has more room
Not sure I follow what you mean here. Could you not set the seat more upright with the seat adjustments?
 

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With the good deals that have been advertised I thought I'd go try an ID.3 and maybe buy if it was right for me. Having had a Nissan Leaf 30 kwh for 4 years I would like a bit more range. I'm 6ft4 so look at cars a bit different to most, this is what I found when driving the Life Pro Performance model

Good stuff:
  • Seat upholstery on the life was okay, the family only a tiny upgrade quality wise.
  • The centre screen was quick and the touch sensitive buttons worked okay for me. Very crisp image on the displays.
  • The controls for mirrors and window switches are good, in some ways I prefer them to normal style.
  • Seat goes a long way back
  • Re-gen pretty good (others have stronger but this is good level)
  • Cruise works fantastic to slow you down when coming up to a car, really smooth.
  • Jump in, brake, drive and away you go. No need for handbrake, foot brake or electric parking brake release. Just the way it should be

Not so great things:
  • No adjustment of seat belt height (this is like going back to the 80s)
  • The peddles are not lined up properly, the brake is too far to the right.
  • The A pillars have huge blind spots (I owned a Mitsubishi Colt which is awful and you could miss a truck, this is almost as bad).
  • The B pillar is to far forward, I'd rub it on every entry and exit
  • As the seat is quite low for an electric vehicle the seat needs to go back further. There is little room in the rear after that. Rear passenger can't put feet under the seat when it's low.
  • Touch controls on steering wheel aren't the best and could be labeled a lot better.
  • It rolls back at junctions, there is a setting for this most likely but why not on by default.
  • Rear view is pretty small. The rear camera would certainly be desirable.

Overall an okay car, I found the build quality average, my Leaf feels a bit more solid and due to the seats being more upright it has more room (it's also a slightly longer car though). So not the right car for me, but for a lot of people it's a good deal at the prices they're currently selling at.
I’m 6’ 3” and have a test drive booked for tomorrow. Will see what trim level I get and if I share your concerns.
 

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I think this is probably just a subjective view based on what you're used to in the Leaf. I found it fine coming from an e-Golf and an automatic vRS before that.
I've not had this issue on any can I've owned or test driven recently but then I do usually do Japanese or Korean. I'd not noticed this issue on the e-up either, French cars usually have compromised peddle boxes too.

The seat is height adjustable on all models. It has quite a lot of range.
Problem is that going up means the view out the windscreen isn't great.

Yes, there is auto hold which stays on permanently once it's set. It's easily accessible by pulling down from the top of the main screen. I'm not sure it's off by default, but suspect it may be turned off by people test driving the car before you who are not used to it.
I thought there must be a setting somewhere. It comes rather as a shock when the cars goes backwards on it's own.

Not sure I follow what you mean here. Could you not set the seat more upright with the seat adjustments?
Some cars, Leaf and Soul some are more Kei car/truck seating position. I can happily sit behind myself on a leaf but not in the ID.3. Not a great deal in it but just a little.You could set it more upright but then it'll be low and you can't raise the seat without blocking the view out the windscreen.
 

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I'm 6'2 and found the seat and driving position in the Style (older Pro Performance version) I test drove great. But like all cars- we're all a bit different and what works for me might not work for someone else, and vice versa. I'm currently driving an Ibiza, and being a 5-door supermini the B-pillar is effectively quite far forward so I'm used to that.
 

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I do think you've got to consider your height, which is way above average. Presumably you've got your driving seat way back on the rails and set very low. I'm dot on 6ft and find the ID3 extremely spacious, front and back, every bit as spacious as our 2019 A4 Avant (boot excluded from that comment), with lots of room. If the B pillar isn't as far back as you'd like, it'll be because you've got the seat on the end of the rails. The front and rear doors are proportioned nicely, moving the B-pillar will give the passengers far less room to enter/exit the vehicle.

The pedal position seems absolutely fine to me. Both pedals are meant to be used by the right foot and they are spaced to comfortably do so, with the throttle pedal set far right so you can use the foot rest with it. The brake pedal is large and adequately spaced to easily flit between the 2 pedals. A lack of clutch pedal shouldn't mean chucking the brake pedal well into the left side of the drivers footwell. There are some horribly cramped brake/clutch pedals (ever driven a BMW Mini?).

The pedals are positioned as I'd expect, for every VAG I've owned, there's nothing unusual or unique about the ID3's pedal placement.

If I was 6'4", I'd probably resign myself to driving big SUVs or long saloons for the room I'd need.
 

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Also 6ft 2 and I find no seat problem with the ID3. I have an identical twin who has sat behind me in the car and likes the space. So not really getting that.
Also don’t really get the pedal comment, although I’ve never owned a Korean car, I’ve owned most brands!
The A pillar can be an issue but obv you adapt.
In the end the ID3 is probably the most comfortable car I’ve driven- although I did love my RAV4.
 

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6’4” here with size 11s and I also find the pedal arrangement off. They are both too far to the right as the OP says. I’ve gotten used to it now so it is possible to live with it. The only other thing on the list I’ve had a problem with is the blind spot, it’s really bad but once again, once you know it’s there you compensate for it.
 
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