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Volkswagen ID.3 Compact Electric Hatchback

MSRP 35575 EURNEX score 74%

Product Overview

The Volkswagen ID.3 is an all-electric batchback built on the company's MEB platform, which includes Audi Q4 e-tron, SEAT el-Born, Škoda Enyaq, and vehicles in the VW I.D. series.
Part of Volkswagen's push to electrify its vehicle lineup, the ID.3 features a host of cutting-edge technologies, including for example ID.Light and AR Head-up Display. The ID.3 also boasts long electric range and fast charging. Its rear-wheel drive characteristics and responsive electric motor make the ID.3 a pleasure to drive.
Volkswagen offers 7 pre-configured ID.3 models for the European markets and two base models exclusive for Germany:

Base 1: Pro Performance

Without optional equipment, the ID.3 Pro Performance costs €35,574.95. It offers the most popular equipment packages, including a navigation system for range-optimized navigation, Adaptive Cruise Control and the “Comfort” telephony function with inductive charging on board. With a 58-kWh battery, this model has a range of up to 420 km and a 150 kW Performance RWD system. Six of the seven pre-configured models, including Life, Style, Business, Family, Tech, and Max, are based on it.

Life

At €37,787.72, ID.3 Life is intended for customers looking for an economical entry-level product without sacrificing comfort. The comfort package includes steering wheel heating, seat heating and two additional USB-C ports.

Style

For customers who emphasize style, there is the Style model for €40,946.04 with the major design package including matrix LED headlamps, LED tail lights with dynamic swiping function, and panoramic glass roof.

Business

The ID.3 “Business” with the small design package including matrix LED headlamps and tinted windows, comfort package and assistant package with rear-view camera and the “Keyless Access” locking system for €41,287.22.

Family

The ID.3 “Family” offers considerable space, light and convenience with the major design package including matrix LED headlamps and large panoramic glass roof, the major comfort package with 2-zone “Air Care” air conditioning system and the assistant package with rear-view camera and “Keyless Access” for €42,305.87.

Tech

The ID.3 “Tech”: with a major design package including matrix LED headlamps, major assistant package with Travel Assist, Side Assist and Emergency Assist as well as major infotainment package including Head-up Display and Premium Sound package for €44,810.

Max

The ID.3 Max for €43,680.32 offers a maximum of design, technology, sport and comfort, with all the equipment packages, an electric 12-way massage seat, progressive steering and DCC (Dynamic Chassis Control) on board.

Base 2: ProS

The ProS is a four-seat variant of Pro Performance with the larger, 77 kWh battery and 550 km range for €40,936.31.

Tour

Based on the ProS, ID.3 Tour, available for €48.432,44, is equipped with all the features you would like to have on long journeys: Head-up Display and Sound package, matrix LED headlamps, comfort package, 12-way massage seat and assistant package with all driver assistance systems are all included, together with 19-inch aluminum wheels.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Very good electric performance
  • Lots of options
  • Decent battery life
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Not very practical

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 74% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good range
  • Good value for money
  • Solid performance
  • Great practicality
  • Fantastic range
Cons
  • Expensive compared to a comparable hatchback
  • Expensive compared to ICE models
  • Disappointing infotainment system
  • Expensive compared to rivals
  • Lack of tech
  • Not as comfortable as rivals
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Specifications

Variants:
Pro
Pro S
Pure

Chassis

Tire Size
215/55R18 (1st); 215/50R19 (1st Plus); 215/45R20 (1st Max)
Turning Circle
10.2 m

Construction

Battery | Capacity
45 kWh (Pure); 58 kWh (Pro); 77 kWh (Pro S)
Platform
MEB
Trim Levels
Pro Performance, ProS, Life, Style, Business, Family, Tech, Max, Tour

Dimensions

Size | Height
1552 mm
Size | Length
4262 mm
Size | Width
1809 mm
Weight
1600 kg
Wheelbase
2765 mm

Performance

Coefficient Of Drag
0.267
ProElectric Range
420 km
Pro SElectric Range
550 km
PureElectric Range
330 km
ProPower Supply
11 kW AC charging
Pro SPower Supply
11 kW AC charging
PurePower Supply
7.2 kW AC charging

Powertrain

Engine | Power
200 hp
Engine | Torque
310 Nm

Production

Availability
2020-06-17 (2020-10 delivery date)
Debut
2019 IAA

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

autoexpress[1]

Sentiment Score 58%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
The VW ID.3 feels entirely like the car to carry VW into the next era. It's fast, smooth, comfortable, quiet, full of tech and cheaper than the Leaf with more incentives to buy, too. It boasts great practicality and plenty of usable range, so feels like the Golf for a new generation when the Golf seems to have gone off the boil.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great practicality
  • Good range
Cons
  • Lack of tech
  • Not as comfortable as rivals

autoexpress[2]

Sentiment Score 69%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
VW will reveal the final car at September's Frankfurt Motor Show. The ID.3 is one centimetre shorter than a Golf, at 4.26 metres. It is two centimetres wider and, thanks to the batteries under the floor, a full 17cm taller. The boot capacity is 390 litres – only 10 litres more than the Golf's.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Flexible infotainment system
  • Decent range
Cons
  • Small turning circle
  • Small boot

autoexpress[3]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
The Volkswagen ID.3 is an accomplished all-electric family hatchback. It gets the basics right with competitive pricing, desirable looks and great levels of comfort - all wrapped up in a practical package. On-board tech is also a plus point, but the touch-sensitive infotainment screen could divide opinion and some might find the harder interior plastics slightly disappointing.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent looks
  • Competitively priced
  • Good standard equipment
Cons
  • Lacklustre infotainment

autoexpress[4]

Sentiment Score 82%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
VW's first bespoke EV is a great start, boasting comfort, usable range and lots of technology. It rides and handles well and proves this is the direction family cars are heading in, thanks to great practicality and refinement compared with an ICE model. While £35,880 after the £3,000 plug-in car grant is still a significant sum, it's cheaper than a Nissan Leaf e+ in top-spec Tekna trim.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Lots of tech
  • Good range
Cons
  • Expensive compared to ICE models

autoexpress[5]

Sentiment Score 79%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
The ID.3 is a five-door family hatchback – Golf-sized, which is no coincidence. It sits on MEB, the VW Group's modular fully electric platform. The Tour Pro S has the same 201bhp rear-mounted electric motor as the bulk of the range, while carrying extra kilos due to its bigger battery. Its kerbweight is more than 1,900kg. It's a comfortable cruiser and swift enough, particularly when accelerating from rest.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek cabin tech
  • Lots of standard equipment
Cons
  • Expensive for what you get
  • No adaptive dampers

autoexpress[6]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
The impressive Volkswagen ID.3 EV joins our fleet fresh from winning an award from our sister title Carbuyer. It was judged the Best Small Company Car, as it was in the Auto Express New Car Awards in July. The boot capacity is five litres bigger than you’ll find in a petrol VW Golf, but that’s with the movable floor in its lowest position.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Good range
  • Lots of standard kit
Cons
  • Bundled boot
  • No front trunk

carwow[7]

Sentiment Score 69%
Reviewers from carwow have found the following***:
VW reckons the ID3 is a bit like the iPhone in 2007. It could be the car that convinces the masses that electric transportation is the future. VW has form in this kind of transformation, providing the transport for the masses with the VW Beetle, then the Golf. The ID3 will eventually be available with three battery sizes – 48kWh, a 58kWh and 77kWh. All have a 204hp electric motor.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic range
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent infotainment system
Cons
  • No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
  • Expensive for what you get

digitaltrends[8]

Sentiment Score 75%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The ID.3 is best enjoyed when driven in a calm, relaxed manner. It delivers linear acceleration, partly because the motor spins the rear wheels through a fixed-ratio gearbox that never changes gears. The only noise in the cabin comes from the wind and from the tires, but neither is excessive or annoying.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Easy-to-navigate user interface
  • Easy to drive
  • Solid performance
Cons
  • Expensive compared to a comparable hatchback
  • Disappointing infotainment system

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Volkswagen ID.3 vs Nissan Leaf. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/electric-cars/353402/volkswagen-id3-vs-nissan-leaf. 2020-10-10. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Volkswagen ID.3 vs Volkswagen e-Golf. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/volkswagen/e-golf/107409/volkswagen-id3-vs-volkswagen-e-golf. 2019-07-11. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Volkswagen ID.3 review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/volkswagen/id3. 2020-10-22. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ New Volkswagen ID.3 2020 review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/volkswagen/id3/105543/new-volkswagen-id3-2020-review. 2020-10-02. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ New Volkswagen ID.3 Tour Pro S 2021 review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/volkswagen/id3/354888/new-volkswagen-id3-tour-pro-s-2021-review. 2021-04-30. Retrieved 2021-05-01.
6. ^ Volkswagen ID.3 Pro S Tour: long-term test review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/volkswagen/id3/356303/volkswagen-id3-pro-s-tour-long-term-test-review. 2021-10-15. Retrieved 2021-10-16.
7. ^ Volkswagen ID.3 Review. [carwow]. https://www.carwow.co.uk/volkswagen/id3. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ 2020 Volkswagen ID.3 first drive: The iCar Apple Didn’t Build. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/car-reviews/2020-volkswagen-id3-review/. 2020-08-10. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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