An all-electric hatchback the size of the Golf. Is it good enough for the Tesla Model 3?

The 2020 Volkswagen ID.3 is an all-electric compact hatchback that the German automaker unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. The 2020 ID.3 is the first Volkswagen based on the new MEB platform, which will underpin a full range of electric vehicles in the future. Heavily based on the ID Neo concept, the 2020 ID.3 is similar to the Volkswagen Golf in size, so it’s pretty much a replacement for the e-Golf.

A competitor for models like the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Bolt, and Tesla Model 3, the 2020 Volkswagen ID.3 is available with three drivetrains that provide different outputs and mileage ratings. The range-topping model will deliver in excess of 200 horsepower and return more than 300 miles of range on a single charge. The 2020 ID.3 will cost less than €30,000 in Europe. Sadly, this EV won’t come to the United States. Let’s find out more about it in the detailed review below.

Exterior

  • based on ID Neo concept
  • somewhat futuristic
  • same size as the Golf
  • Matrix LED headlamps
  • aerodynamic wheels
  • big glasshouse
  • optional sunroof
  • black tailgate
  • closed-off grille
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The ID.3 looks a lot like the ID Neo concept its based on

Although it’s not necessarily identifiable as a Volkswagen apart from the badge, the ID.3 looks like a proper EV. It sports a somewhat futuristic, streamlined design and it lacks a grille in the front fascia. The latter is a common feature for electric cars, as these vehicles don’t need as much cooling as those powered by internal combustion engines.

Much to Volkswagen’s advantage, the ID.3 is one of the many grille-less vehicles the German company has built-in its history. That’s because VW offered many rear-engined vehicles in the past, including the iconic Beetle and Microbus. So it doesn’t look out of context. Volkswagen even goes as far as to say that the ID.3 is as innovative as the Beetle and Golf when it comes to merging design and technology and it even claims that it could become as iconic as its best-selling nameplates.

PR talk aside, the ID.3 looks a lot like the ID Neo concept its based on. Up front, we can see similar headlamps with LED surround and a VW emblem placed in the same position. But there are notable changes as well. While the concept car has a complex LED pattern in the lights, the ID.3 features a more traditional light bulb. The badge is also connected to both headlamps by a chrome strip, essentially an element designed to mimic the upper section of a Volkswagen grille.

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The profile is again similar to the ID Neo concept, but with changes to the side skirts and the side windows

The headlamps come with interactive Matrix LED technology with automatic main beams. These turn on automatically at speeds over 60 km/h (37 mph) and remain active without dazzling oncoming traffic. While these are standard on the ID.3 1ST, a limited-edition launch model, they’re probably optional on the regular hatchback. As a really cool feature, when you approach a parked ID.3, the headlamps will briefly "look" at it and "flutter the eyelids." I guess that’s one way to say hello.

Similarities to the Neo concept continue in the bumper. Not only the shape is similar, but the honeycomb-style embossing at the corners is almost identical as well. The big difference is the grille below, which is taller than the concept car’s, likely for increased airflow to the braking system.

The profile is again similar to the ID Neo concept, but with changes to the side skirts and the side windows. The rear section reminds me a bit of the Volkswagen Golf, but the glasshouse reminds me of cars like the Citroen C4 Cactus or the older C4 Picasso. While I really like those cars, and Citroen designs in general, it’s a bit disappointing that VW could come up with something more original. But bottom line, I like the transparent A-pillar that extends well into the front hood, the thick C-pillar and the beltline that ascends slightly toward the rear. The sculpted side skirts are a nice touch, while the wheel boasts a futuristic and aerodynamic design. Speaking of which, VW offers rims measuring 18, 19, and 20 inches for the ID.3.

A cool feature that you might not notice unless you pay close attention, the C-pillars have a honeycomb foil. While not a big deal over light body paints, it should provide a strong contrast against darker colors.

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The rear end is also heavily based on the concept car, but it looks a bit more traditional. The main thing I like here is that Volkswagen kept the black tailgate. It’s a solid contrast with the light blue color of the presentation model, but it will look equally interesting against other colors as well. The taillights are notably thicker than the concept’s, but the inner elements remained thin, probably as a reminder of the ID Neo. The lower bumper is simple and very traditional, but the trapezoidal shape of the inner upper bumper adds character.

The ID.3 1ST launch edition also comes with a panoramic, sliding and tilting roof that’s larger than any Volkswagen on the market right now. This feature is obviously optional on the regular ID.3.

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So how big is this electric hatchback? The ID.3 is 4,261 mm (167.7 inches) long and 1,809 mm (71.2 inches) wide. That’s only six mm (0.2 inches) longer and 10 mm (0.4 inches) wider than the Volkswagen Golf. This confirms early speculation that the ID Neo will spawn an electric equivalent of the Volkswagen Golf. A quick photo comparison suggests that the ID.3 is notably taller than the Golf. The official figures confirm this. At 1,552 mm (61.1 inches) high, the ID.3 is exactly 100 mm (3.9 inches) taller than the Golf. But despite being just as long as the Golf, the ID.3 has a notably longer wheelbase. At 2,765 mm (108.8 inches), it’s a whopping five inches longer than the Golf.

These dimensions place the ID.3 a bit below the Nissan Leaf, but given that the EV market isn’t exactly rich right now, it qualifies as a competitor. Specifically, the Leaf is 229 mm (nine inches) longer, but it’s 21 mm (0.8 inches) narrower, and it sits 22 mm lower (0.9 inches). Despite being notably longer, it has a shorter wheelbase, missing 65 mm (2.6 inches) compared to the ID.3. Of course, there’s a more important comparison to be made against the Tesla Model 3. The American notchback is even bigger than the Nissan Leaf. The Model 3 is 429 mm (16.9 inches) longer and 41 mm (1.6 inches) wider, but it stands 112 mm (4.4 inches) shorter from the ground. Finally, the Model 3’s wheelbase is 115 mm (4.5 inches) longer.

Interior

  • Clean and simple
  • Far from fancy
  • 10-inch infotainment display
  • digital instrument cluster
  • touch-sensitive control only
  • Apple and Android support
  • Roomier than a Golf
  • Decent trunk
  • optional leather
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The ID.3 doesn't have a special design or feature to brag about, but it looks clean and modern

While the exterior is heavily based on the ID Neo concept, the ID.3’s interior has nothing in common with the show car. And this makes sense because the ID Neo has a rather futuristic cabin that’s not affordable or sustainable to produce. The ID.3 doesn’t have a special design or feature to brag about. Sure, it looks somewhat unique in the lineup, but the cabin is rather bland design-wise. It’s also far from fancy, as it looks more like a very simplified Golf.

Speaking of simplified, that’s actually a good thing. With a big, 10-inch screen mounted on the dashboard, the ID.3 boasts a clean center stack. There are no controls whatsoever in this area, with only a handful of buttons placed on the console at the bottom of the screen. The displays’ layout is rather strange, especially when compared to the other designs on the market. Specifically, it’s a wide L-shaped unit in which the longer vertical side is the screen, while the shorter horizontal side is the area that holds the buttons.

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Options include intelligent voice control and an augmented reality head-up display

The controls themselves are touch-sensitive buttons except for those that operate the windows and hazard warning lights, which are still old-school tactile switches. The multimedia system includes a navigation system that can be updated over the air and supports both Android and iOS devices. Options include intelligent voice control that can be activated by the prompt "hello ID," as well as an augmented reality head-up display. The latter projects all relevant information directly onto the windscreen, but it’s visually positioned within a range of three to ten meters ahead of the vehicle.

In the absence of a head-up display, information is displayed on the digital instrument cluster. The screen is big enough for a car in this segment, and it seems to display information in a very simple fashion. Key elements include speed, gear, range, and navigation map. This instrument cluster is backed by an LED stripe that appears when the navigation system is activated. These lights also act as a driver assist feature and will signal you to brake in the event of a crash.

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The ID.3 offers 385 liters (13.6 cubic feet) of luggage room behind second-row seats

There isn’t much information about what materials and colors you can order for this car, but it should be on par with the Volkswagen Golf. This means the base model will have cloth upholstery, while the more expensive trims will have some leather.

What we do know is that the base ID.3 1ST launch edition will include a navigation system, a DAB+ digital radio, heated seats, and steering wheel, as well as a Mode 2 charging cable. The mid-range Plus trim will add a rear-view camera, fancier seats, two USB-C outlets for the rear seats, and ambient lighting. The range-topping ID.3 1ST, sold as the Max, comes with augmented reality head-up display, a Beats audio system, wireless charging for smartphones, and a level trunk floor.

Speaking of the trunk, the ID.3 offers 385 liters (13.6 cubic feet) of luggage room behind second-row seats. That’s far from impressive, as it falls behind the Nissan Leaf by almost two cubic feet. The Japanese hatchback boasts a 15.4-cubic-foot capacity. The Model 3 can swallow a similar amount of luggage, but only if you add up space in both the front and rear trunks. Compared to the e-Golf that it replaces, rated at only 12 cubic feet, the ID.3 offers an extra 1.6 cubic feet.

Volkswagen has yet to release luggage capacity data for a configuration with the rear seats folded flat.

Drivetrain

  • One electric motor
  • Battery stack
  • One-speed transmission
  • Rear-wheel-drive
  • 201 horsepower
  • 229 pound-feet of torque
  • Two more versions coming
  • Up to 341 miles of range
  • Top speed at 99 mph
  • Fast charging option
  • 8-year / 160,000-km warranty
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The electric motor is integrated into the rear axle together with the power electronics and the one-speed gearbox

There’s plenty of big news under the shell of the ID.3. For starters, it’s the first Volkswagen based on the newly developed modular electric architecture, also known as the MEB. This platform will underpin all future EVs with the "ID" badge, so the ID.3 marks the beginning of a new era for the German company.

Unlike some EVs out there, the ID.3 features just one electric motor. The permanent-magnet synchronous unit is integrated into the rear axle together with the power electronics and the one-speed gearbox. Yes, the ID.3 is rear-wheel-driven, which means it should be sportier than its front-driven competitors. Volkswagen also brags that the car boasts ideal weight distribution between the front and rear axles, which means we should expect sporty dynamics. The motor draws juice from a high-voltage battery placed in the underbody.

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The range-topping model will have a 77-kWh battery

Volkswagen says it will offer the ID.3 in three different specifications. There will be a base model with a 45-kWh battery, a mid-range version with a 58-kWh battery, and a range-topping variant with a 77-kWh battery. As of this writing, only the mid-range ID.3 has been launched with the 1ST limited-edition model.

This hatchback hits the ground with 201 horsepower and 310 Nm (229 pound-feet) of torque. There’s no word as to how powerful the base model will be, but it will likely generate around 150 horsepower. Likewise, the range-topping version should gain at least an extra 50 horsepower over the existing model, so expect a 250-horsepower output. But for the time being, we’re going to compare the mid-range ID.3 to existing EVs.

Horsepower
2020 Volkswagen ID.3 45 kWh 150
2020 Volkswagen ID.3 58 kWh 201
2020 Volkswagen ID.3 77 kWh 250
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The mid-range model hits the ground with 201 horsepower and 310 Nm (229 pound-feet) of torque

First up, we have the Nissan Leaf, which is the closest in terms of dimensions and design. The Leaf also features a single electric motor and comes with 147 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque on tap. That’s a 54-horsepower deficit compared to the ID.3, but the Leaf benefits from an extra seven pound-feet. However, the Leaf is also available in a Leaf+ version, which cranks out 201 horses and 250 pound-feet of twist. The Leaf+ and ID.3 are on par as far as power goes, but the Nissan comes with an extra 21 pound-feet.

Another EV that will compete with the Volkswagen ID.3 is the Opel Ampera-e. The European version of the Chevrolet Bolt, the Ampera-e is available in a single version with an electric motor rated at 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. Just like the Leaf+, the Ampera-e is on par with the ID.3 when it comes to horsepower, but it delivers more torque, in this case, 37 pound-feet.

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Finally, we have the Tesla Model 3. Unlike the ID.3, the Model 3 is available in three configurations, in both RWD and AWD layouts. The rear-wheel-drive model is called the Standard Range Plus and comes with 283 horsepower. That’s already more than any other vehicle in this niche. The Long Range version, which features AWD thanks to a two-motor layout, generates an impressive 412 horsepower. Finally, the Performance AWD model has even more powerful motors that deliver a combined 473 horses. Needless to say, the Tesla Model 3 is by far the most powerful compact EV you can buy.

Volkswagen had nothing to say about 0 to 60 mph acceleration but did release a top speed figure for the ID.3. The German hatchback tops out at 160 km/h (99 mph). This is on par with the Nissan Leaf, some eight mph higher than the Opel Ampera-e, but notably lower than the Tesla Model 3, which hits 140 mph in base trim.

Moving to another important feature for electric cars, Volkswagen claims that the base variant of the ID.3 will be able to run for up to 330 km (205 miles) on a single charge. The mid-range model, already available as the 1ST launch vehicle, returns up to 420 km (261 miles). The range-topping model is obviously the most potent of them all, with an estimated range of up to 550 km (341 miles).

How does it compare to the Nissan Leaf? Well, the base model is notably more efficient than the entry-level, which returns only 150 miles per charge. The Leaf+ raises above with its 226-mile range, but it’s no match for the mid- and top-range ID.3 models. The story is the same for the Opel Ampera-e. While it returns more range than the base ID.3 at 236 miles, it falls behind the other versions of the German EV. Impressively enough, the mid-range ID.3 provides an extra 28 miles compared to the Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus, while the range-topping variant provides an extra seven miles compared to the Model 3 Long Range. This is a big blow to Tesla, the company that usually wins the mileage battle in every segment, but it remains to be seen if Volkswagen’s WLTP estimates are backed by real-life measurements.

Needless to say, the ID.3 is a massive improvement over the Volkswagen e-Golf. The electric version of the popular Golf Mk7 comes with only 134 horsepower and 290 Nm (214 pound-feet) of torque on tap. That’s 67 horsepower and 15 pound-feet below the ID.3. The e-Golf’s range is also notably lower at only 190 km (118 miles), while top speed comes in at 93 mph, six below the ID.3.

Volkswagen ID.3 Volkswagen e-Golf
Horsepowewr 201 134
Torque 229 214
Range 205 118
Top Speed 99 93

Charging times are not yet available, but Volkswagen revealed that you can recharge the ID.3’s battery using either 7.2 kW AC or 50 kW DC outputs. 100 kW DC charging is optionally available, and this charger will add around 290 km (180 miles) of range in just 30 minutes.

Each ID.3 comes with a warranty of eight years or 160,000 km (about 99,420 miles) for the battery.

The Sustainable Drivetrain

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The ID.3 is the first production vehicle with a carbon-neutral balance along the entire supply chain

Ever since they came into the market, electric cars have been scrutinized for not being as carbon-free as automakers claims. And the critics are right. Electric cars may not emit harmful gasses, but the electricity that they run on does. The production process also emits harmful substances into the atmosphere, as EVs are built just like regular cars. A vehicle’s production process requires the burning of coal and oil, mostly to power the machines that build parts and to create the said components. What’s more, producing batteries is also harmful to the environment.

While it’s not exactly innovative when it comes to technology and drivetrain, the ID.3 is the first production vehicle with a carbon-neutral balance along the entire supply chain. According to Volkswagen, its factory in Zwickau, which handles battery and component production, body manufacture, painting, and assembly, uses naturally produced energy only, mostly generated by hydroelectric power stations. The German also mention that "should CO2 emissions be unavoidable along the supply chain; these will be compensated by investments in climate protection projects." So it’s 100-percent carbon-neutral, but it’s getting there.

Safety and Drive Assist Features

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Like any modern vehicle, the ID.3 comes with a range of driver assistance functions. First up, it’s equipped with a multifunction camera that supports all systems and identifies traffic signs. This camera powers technologies like Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, Multicollision Brake, Lane Assist, and Side Assist. Volkswagen also offers a Park Assist system with a rearview camera. There’s also Parking Distance Control, which prevents collisions while reversing into a parking spot, but it also works when driving forward at speeds between 2.5 to 10 km/h (1.5 to 6.2 mph).

Prices

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Full pricing information is not yet available, but Volkswagen says that the ID.3 will start from under €30,000 in Germany. The sticker doesn’t include government subsidies for electric cars, so the ID.3 could retail from around €25,000 or even lower once these are applied. It’s just a guessing game so far, so take this figure with a grain a salt. But even without subsidies, the ID.3 will be more affordable than the Volkswagen e-Golf that it replaces, priced from €31,900

What’s obvious here is that the ID.3 will be significantly more affordable than the competition. The Nissan Leaf, for instance, retails from €36,800, which is around €7,000 more, not including government subsidies. The Opel Ampera-e is even more expensive, as it retails from €42,990 in Germany. The same goes for the Tesla Model 3, which starts from €43,390.

Competition

Nissan Leaf

2018 Nissan Leaf
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The Nissan Leaf is one of the oldest EVs on the market and also one of the more popular choices. Nissan redesigned the car for the 2018 model year, but while the current Leaf looks better and features more modern technology, it’s not very competitive when it comes to performance. That’s because the base model has a 147-horsepower and 236-pound-feet motor and a battery that provides 150 miles on a single charge. However, Nissan also produces a Leaf+ version that generates 201 horses and 250 pound-feet of torque. This variant also has a longer range of up to 226 miles. Pricing for the Nissan Leaf starts from €36,800 in Germany.

Read our full review of the 2019 Nissan Leaf

Opel Ampera-e

2017 Opel Ampera-e High Resolution Exterior
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The faith of the Opel Ampera-e, the European version of the Chevrolet Bolt, is unknown now that Opel is under PSA ownership, but the EV remains in dealerships for the time being. Also a compact hatchback, the Bolt boasts an appealing design on the outside and a solid technology package on the inside. Its electric drivetrain, available in just one configuration, churns 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, enough to compete with the mid-range ID.3. Its range goes up to 236 miles, again enough to compete with the mid-range ID.3. The big problem with the Ampera-e is that it’s notably more expensive than the Volkswagen, coming in at €42,990 before options.

Read our full story on the 2019 Opel Ampera-e

Tesla Model 3

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The highly anticipated Model 3 arrived on the market with a significant delay, but it was worth the wait given the performance and range that it comes with. And although it doesn’t look as high-tech as the Model S or Model X, it still sports a unique appearance that sets it apart from the competition. The base Standard Range Plus model comes with 283 horsepower and a maximum range of 254 miles. The Maximum Range model, equipped with AWD, boasts 412 horses and a range of 348 miles. The Performance model cranks out a whopping 473 horsepower, but range drops to 329 miles. The Model is the most expensive vehicles in this comparison. The base model comes in at €43,390, while the Performance version fetches €55,390 before options.

Read our full review of the Tesla Model 3

Other Competitors

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More and more automakers are joining the EV market, so you can find even more options in the compact or subcompact segments. The Hyundai Kona Electric, for instance, is also a good choice, despite the fact that it’s technically a crossover. Powered by a single electric motor, it comes with 201 horsepower on tap and a range of up to 292 miles. Pricing for this vehicle starts from €34,400, so it’s closer to the ID.3 in this department. The Kia e-Niro is very similar to the Kona Electric, as the two vehicles share the same underpinnings. The Niro also comes with 201 horsepower in top trim, a version that runs for up to 301 miles on a single charge. Pricing for the Kia e-Niro starts from- €35,290.

Read our full reviews of the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro.

Conclusion

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After years of teasing ID concepts, Volkswagen finally introduced the first production car. And needless to say, the ID.3 is a major breakthrough for the German automaker. Only four years after the Dieselgate scandal hit Volkswagen with billions of dollars in fines and millions of recalls, the German carmaker came up with a promising electric car that not only looks good, but also packs an extensive technology package, and features three different drivetrains. What’s more, the range-topping model promises to deliver solid performance and to surpass the top trim of the Tesla Model 3 in terms of range. Of course, the ID.3 won’t prove itself until it reaches dealers in 2020, but it will mark the beginning of a new era for Volkswagen. And although it seems like fancy PR talk, the ID.3 could become just as iconic as the Golf.

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Electric mobility for all: the basic version of the ID.31 is priced at under €30,000.
Revolutionary interior: the Open Space concept in the ID.3 means it offers more room than any other vehicle in its category and sets new standards.
Sustainable mobility: battery, supply chain, production – the ID.3 is the first model to be carbon-neutral on delivery to customers.
Wolfsburg/Frankfurt (Germany) – Volkswagen presents the pioneering ID.3 on the evening before the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. This vehicle is the symbol of a new era for the brand. The ID.3 extends the Volkswagen offering as the first model of a completely new generation of pure electric vehicles – featuring zero local emissions, outstanding efficiency, and full connectivity. At the same time, the ID.3 reflects the realignment of the Volkswagen brand, and is also the first model with the new Volkswagen logo.

“The ID.3 is an all-rounder that is suitable for everyday use. It is compact, as such offering the manoeuvrability of a small car with the interior space of a mid-range vehicle. It combines exciting design with innovative technology and significant range,” outlines Silke Bagschik, Head of Sales and Marketing for the ID. family, on the evening before the IAA.

The ID.3 from Volkswagen opens a new era of climate-friendly mobility. This first model from the ID. series features carbon-neutrality, the impressive driving dynamics that are characteristic of electric cars, and full connectivity. Like all future ID. models, the ID.3 is based on the new modular electric drive matrix (MEB), which has been designed for an electric drive system without compromise.

The ID.3 flaunts the newly developed design DNA that makes it immediately identifiable as a zero emission vehicle. Designed for an electrifying future, it brings a new level of design quality to the compact vehicle category. “With the ID.3, Volkswagen is heading towards the future,” explains Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design of the Volkswagen brand, going on to emphasise: “The natural style and absolutely intuitive driver experience demonstrate a new, electric way of thinking.”

The interior is also revolutionary. The long wheelbase of the MEB layout, combined with very short overhangs, results in an expansive vehicle interior: the Open Space. With the room and spaciousness this creates, the five-seater ID.3 sets new standards in the compact class.

Digital, entirely newly designed display elements and controls ensure that every driver will intuitively find their way in the ID.3. Apart from the display in the cockpit, a newly developed, centrally positioned, ten-inch touch display provides drivers with all key information.

The ID. light, which is also new, supports drivers with an LED strip during navigation and can, for instance, prompt them to brake in the event of any dangers. All controls – including those on the electrically adjustable multifunction steering wheel – are operated using touch functions featuring touch-sensitive buttons. Only the electric windows and hazard warning lights are still operated using tactile switches. This is supplemented by intelligent natural voice control. Thanks to App Connect, the ID.3 can be connected with your smartphone within seconds.

At series production launch, the ID.3 will be available with three battery size options. The basic variant has a usable energy content of 45 kWh and enables an electrically powered range of up to 330 kilometres (as per WLTP). The entry price for this ID.3 version is under €30,000. Alongside this is a battery variant with 58 kW, which enables the ID.3 to achieve a range of up to 420 km (as per WLTP). The energy content of the largest battery is 77 kWh, and its electric range is up to 550 kilometres (as per WLTP). Thanks to its fast charging capability, it is possible to charge the ID.3 sufficiently for a range of around 290 kilometres (WLTP) within 30 minutes, using a charging output of 100 kW.

The batteries themselves are integrated into the underbody. This positioning has a positive effect on driving dynamics, as it moves the centre of gravity in the ID.3 significantly lower. The ID.3 is also characterised by optimum weight distribution between front axle and rear axle.

ID.3 1st(1) – the limited launch edition
Volkswagen started pre-booking for ID.3 1st – the limited launch edition – in May of this year. This permits interested buyers in Europe to place a non-binding reservation in respect of a production slot for the ID.3 1st for €1,000. From autumn, those who have pre-booked can advance their orders by entering the order phase with their respective dealership, and configuring their preferred version of the ID.3 1st.

The first edition – the ID.3 1st – has a 58 kWh battery which is driven by an electric motor at the rear axle. It generates 150 kW and delivers a maximum torque of 310 newton metres, facilitating a maximum speed of 160 km/h for this 5-door vehicle. The ID.3 1st is priced at under €40,000.

The ID.3 1st will be offered in three fixed configurations that are geared towards typical customer preferences. In addition, the paintwork colour and the vehicle interior’s colour can be selected.

The basic version of the ID.3 1st includes a navigation system, a DAB+ digital radio, seat heating and steering wheel heating, armrests at the front, a Mode 2 charging cable and 18-inch light-alloy wheels.

The ID.3 1st Plus additionally features a rear view camera system, ACC Adaptive Cruise Control and the Kessy Advanced keyless access locking and starting system. The vehicle interior of the ID.3 1st Plus also includes design seats, a centre console with two USB-C connections and ambient lighting. Forming part of the exterior equipment scope are tinted windows, the exterior Style package in silver, matrix LED headlights, matrix side lights, brake lights, turn indicators and tail light clusters as well as 19-inch light-alloy wheels.

The top-of-the-range version, the ID.3 1st Max, also includes an augmented reality (AR) head-up display, the Beats sound system, a large panorama sliding/tilting glass roof as well as 20-inch light-alloy wheels. This equipment scope is supplemented by a lane keeping system with Emergency Assist, a lane change system, telephony featuring contactless high-voltage battery charging and comfort seats.

1) ID.3 / ID.3 1st – This vehicle is not yet available for sale.

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