VOLKSWAGEN

VOLKSWAGEN ID.3 ELECTRIC HATCHBACK 150kW Life Pro Performance 62kWh 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelElectric

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.3s

WLTP - Pure Electric Range

Electric Range263 miles

The ID.3 will change the way you think about Volkswagen. And, the brand hopes, it'll change the way you think about affordable electric cars. This contender is priced, shaped and designed right for the heart of the family segment of the growing EV sector and, unlike previous battery-powered Volkswagens, it's completely new from the ground up. It's small enough for the city and big enough for the family. Plus it's as affordable as a comparable petrol or diesel model and clever enough to make a conventional family hatchback seem hopelessly outdated. The future's arrived.

CHARGE MASTERED

The Volkswagen ID.3 brings all our electrified automotive futures another step closer. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

The ID.3 will change the way you think about Volkswagen. And, the brand hopes, it'll change the way you think about affordable electric cars. This contender is priced, shaped and designed right for the heart of the family segment of the growing EV sector and, unlike previous battery-powered Volkswagens, it's completely new from the ground up. It's small enough for the city and big enough for the family. Plus it's as affordable as a comparable petrol or diesel model and clever enough to make a conventional family hatchback seem hopelessly outdated. The future's arrived.

Background

So far, there have been two eras in Volkswagen's history. The first post-war period of the Beetle. And the second modern era, dominated by the company's biggest-selling model, the Golf. The third period starts now with this car, the ID.3, the first of many products from the Wolfsburg maker's new ID all-electric sub-brand. We've had all-electric Volkswagens before of course (the e-Golf and the e-up!) but they've been based on the underpinnings of ordinary combustion models. The ID range will be very different, created around a purpose-designed MEB electrified platform and built at a bespoke EV factory in Zwickau near Dresden. Ten new ID-series designs to be manufactured at this facility will be launched between now and 2025, including an SUV, a 7-seater, a luxury saloon, a coupe and commercial vehicles. The first offering though, is this ID.3, a Golf-sized hatch with Passat-sized interior space. And technology that aims to make you think again if you haven't yet considered a switch to electric motoring.

Driving Experience

Let's cover what you need to know here: ultimately, there will be three choices of powertrain for the ID.3, with battery packs rated at 45, 58 and 77kWh, allowing for respective WLTP-rated driving range figures of 205, 260 and 342 miles. Plus there are two electric motor options, rated at 150PS and 204PS, both of which drive the rear wheels through a single-speed auto gearbox. It's the mid-level 58kWh battery package with the 204PS electric motor that the UK will get first. In the future, there will be more powerful variants (using an extra electric motor on the front axle) and the option of all-wheel drive. To fire everything up, you hit the starter button, then activate the gear selector, a rocker switch mounted on the steering column that twists in two directions: it's forward for 'drive' and the braking regeneration modes, And you twist back for neutral and reverse. Acceleration has been programmed to be linear and consistent rather than arriving all-in-a-rush, though the top 77kWh version can get to 62mph in 7.5s. Top speed across the range is limited to around 100mph. And weight has been kept to reasonable levels (1,670kgs is relatively light for an EV) which should help handling. As is now compulsory for Evs, there's a pedestrian warning buzzer which works at under 12mph to warn pavement folk of your approach. The super-tight 10.2-metre turning circle is closer to that of an up! city car than a Golf.

Design and Build

The styling here's conservatively futuristic and this is a slightly larger car than pricier EV rivals like the Renault ZOE and the BMW i3: it's also a little bigger than a comparable Golf. Measurements of 4,261mm in length and 1,809mm in width make the ID.3 23mm longer and 20mm wider than a MK8 Golf - and this EV is 60mm taller too, thanks to the need for battery installation in the thicker floor. There's a swept-back windscreen (raked to better accommodate the head-up display system). Plus a black plastic panel beneath it styled to trick your eye into believing that the bonnet is shorter than it actually is. And the ID.3 generally rides on big 19 or 20-inch wheels. Inside, things are more avant garde, with all of the driving information displayed on a digital 'pod' panel. Thanks to the slightly raised floor, you sit a little higher than you would in a Golf and there's a standard-fit 10-inch centre-dash infotainment screen with intuitive voice recognition. There are plenty of stowage cubbies and a decently-sized central storage bin resides between the front seats. Due to a 145mm wheelbase increase over a Golf, rear seat room is almost Passat-like, but you don't get a huge boot, though the 385-litre capacity will be sufficient for most.

Market and Model

Volkswagen's goal with the ID.3 was to make the switch to full-EV motoring more affordable for more people - which means making it cost the same (or less) than an equivalent combustion-engined model. They have quite managed that yet, but the range is still expanding, starting with a base 'Pure' model featuring the smallest 45kWh battery. Most ID.3 customers start their search with the 58kWh variants, which develop 145PS and kick off with the 'Life Pro' model which costs from around £29,000 (once the £3,000 government grant for Plug-in cars has been taken into account). That gets you the entry-level 'Life Pro' variant. Beyond 'Life' spec, there are 'Business', 'Family', 'Style', 'Tech' and 'Max' versions, all using the same 58kWh powertrain package. Prices for these variants range between about £30,000 and around £38,000, after deduction of the government grant. If you can stretch to around £39,500, there's also a 'Tour' variant with the larger capacity 77kWh battery (offering 204PS). A 10-inch centre-dash infotainment screen is standard across the range and features a neat 'touch-sensitive bar', using which you can swipe across various screen zones to control both stereo volume and cabin temperature. Volkswagen's latest natural voice control system also features, enabling you to ask the car virtually anything as long as you preface it by "Hello Volkswagen". We'd want to specify the clever head-up display system, which projects augmented-reality navigation arrows, hazard alerts and pedestrian detection messages onto the inside of the windscreen in front of you as you drive.

Cost of Ownership

Volkswagen reckons that a typical ID.3 user will save about £730 a year in operating expenses over what they'd pay to run a comparable combustion-engined model. It's not only that your energy costs will be lower: you should also make savings in insurance, road tax and the fact that no oil changes are required. Volkswagen says that its aim is to make sure that the battery pack lasts as long as the car and, sure enough, that battery pack is warrantied to have at least 70% of its usable capacity after eight years or 100,000 miles. As usual with an EV, around 80% of charging will be done via programmable overnight replenishment using owners' garage wallboxes - bespoke versions of these are available through Volkswagen. Out and about, in the unlikely event that you find a 100kW rapid charger, around 180 miles-worth of electricity can be taken on board in just 30 minutes. You'll only be able to get the capability of using such a 100kW on-board fast charger with mid-level and higher-spec ID.3 models - though this uprated charging system is optional lower down the range where the cheaper variants make do with a 50kW charger.

Summary

So here we are in Volkswagen's new era and there are lots of things we like about the ID.3. You'll appreciate the clever packaging, the quick performance, the sharp manoeuvrability and the cutting-edge cabin tech. You might even really like the quietly futuristic styling. What we think will most appeal here though, is the way that the Wolfsburg brand has been able to deliver a family-sized EV at a sensible price that really is directly comparable to combustion-engined alternatives. What's more, this really does feel like an authentic Volkswagen, with a rear-driven format that even has a few Beetle throw-backs. In half a century's time, there's just a chance that the ID.3 will command a place in automotive history alongside that seminal VW model. As we said, the future starts here.

  • Heated rear window
  • Front and rear electric windows

  • Traction control
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)

  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Wireless app connect
  • Security and service (SOS buttons)
  • Natural voice control

  • Adaptive cruise control including Front Assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitoring system, City emergency braking system,speed limiter
  • Multifunction camera
  • Driver profile selection with personalisation
  • Power assisted speed sensitive steering
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Lane assist
  • Driver alert system

  • Car2X technology
  • Remote tailgate unlocking

  • 10" touch screen infotainment system
  • ID. Light
  • 5.3" Digital dashboard display
  • BLIS (Blind spot information system)
  • Trip computer

  • Electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors
  • Body coloured door mirrors with intergrated indicators

  • Exterior e-sound

  • Sound system
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Touch control

  • Black roof
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Body colour door handles

  • Separate LED daytime running lights which also perform the indicator function
  • All LED headlights with reflector technology

  • 1 Zone climatronic

  • Artvelours cloth upholstery
  • Pause and play pedals
  • Armrest integrated into the front seats
  • Rear bench seat with center armrest includes loading function
  • Pockets and smartphone pockets in seats
  • Reach + rake adjustable steering column

  • 10 colour interior ambient lighting

  • Infotainment pack - ID.3
  • Comfort pack - ID.3
  • NCAP pack - ID.3

  • Side airbags
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Tyre pressure monitor

  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Front headrests
  • Rear headrests
  • Driver seat height adjustment

  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central locking
  • Alarm
  • Keyless Go

  • Tyre mobility kit

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 570
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 7.2
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): 375
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: 11
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): 35
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: 100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: 0-80
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: N
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years: 8
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 62
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City: 586
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb: 424
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Min: 424
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Max: 424
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb: 15.5
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb: 4.2
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City: 364
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb: 263
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Max: 263
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Min: 263

  • CO2 (g/km): 0
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Noise Level dB(A): N
  • CO: N
  • HC: N
  • NOx: N
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): N
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): N
  • CC: 1
  • Cylinders: N
  • Cylinder Layout: N
  • Number of Valves: N
  • Camshaft: N
  • Fuel Delivery: N
  • Catalytic Convertor: N
  • Engine Layout: N
  • Compression Ratio: N
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 1 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: N
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Combined (mpg): N

  • Coin Series: Life
  • Coin Description: Pro Performance
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Service Interval Mileage: 110000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 87
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 89
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 71
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 88
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 204
  • Badge Engine CC: 0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 31.6
  • Engine Power - BHP: 204
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.3
  • Top Speed: 99
  • Engine Power - KW: 150
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 229
  • Engine Torque - NM: 310

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" STEEL
  • Wheel Style: AERO
  • Alloys?: False
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Length: 4261
  • Width: 1809
  • Wheelbase: 2770
  • Width (including mirrors): 2070
  • Height: 1568
  • Height (including roof rails): N

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 385
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Max. Loading Weight: 540
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1730
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2270
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): N
  • Max. Roof Load: N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1267
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.2

  • Floor mats: £110

  • Mode 3 32-amp / 7.2kW charging cable for charging at public charge points: Included
  • Mode 2 (3-pin) mains charging cable: £180
  • 1-phase ID.Charger pro 4.5m cable: £889
  • 1-phase ID.Charger pro 7.5m cable: £939

  • Metallic paint: £620
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Bike rack preparation: £390
  • Bi-colour exterior styling - Penny Copper: £480
  • Bi-colour exterior styling - Silver: £480

  • Energy efficient heat pump: £1,250

  • Metallic - Makena Turquoise: £620
  • Metallic - Glacier white: £620
  • Metallic - Manganese grey: £620
  • Metallic - Stonewashed blue: £620
  • Metallic - Scale silver: £620

  • Solid - Moonstone grey: £0

  • Artvelours cloth - Black/black: £0

  • 18" Aero steel wheels: Included

  • 18" East derry alloy wheels: £640
  • 19" Andoya alloy wheels: £1,180
  • 19" Andoya alloys with penny copper alloy wheels: £1,230
  • 20" Sanya alloy wheels: £1,760

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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