A different take
A new chapter is being opened in Volkswagen’s history. The first model in the ID 100% electric family is the ID.3. This compact is designed for everyday use and affordable: two major plus points that will attract customers.
TheID.3 isn’t the first electric car that Volkswagen has launched on the market: don’t forget the e-Golf and the e-up! The ID range will be built on the basis of a modular electric car platform. Volkswagen’s vision is to drastically reduce CO2 emissions whilst meeting social standards throughout the production line and life cycle.
Introducing the ID.3
This model doesn’t lack originality – without going too far – with its fluid lines and attractive proportions. At 4.261 mm long and with a width of 1,809 mm and height of 1,552 mm, the ID.3 doesn’t look like any other model in the VW range. The interior is very roomy, especially the back seats. It’s really light and airy, especially if you go for the panoramic roof. Drivers will be immediately surprised by the control panel, which doesn’t appear to be connected to the dashboard. They will have to get used to handling all of the functions on the multifunctional steering wheel (the automatic gear box, for example) and on the 10-inch central multimedia touchscreen. The ID.3’s intelligent voice control system is very handy for keeping your eyes on the road. The basic colour for the interior is black, making it a little dull. But style packs are also available for cheering things up.
So, how does the ID.3 behave on the road?
With different batteries, two versions of the model have been available since the launch last autumn: the Pro Performance version with the 58 kWh battery has a range of up to 426 km. The electric motor delivers 204 horsepower (150 kW). The top-of-the-range Pro S version comes with a 77 kWh battery (same power) for a maximum range of 549 km. A smaller battery is coming soon.
Volkswagen is going back to its roots with the ID.3, as the motor is located in the rear, driving the rear wheels. It is very agile on the road and, as with all electric cars, they’re off the mark quickly and the ride is quiet and smooth. The stated range is quite realistic in practice, provided you don’t use the motorway too much and hold back a little. Volkswagen gives a combined consumption of 15.4 to 16.9 kWh/100 km (15.9 to 17.7 for the 77 kWh battery) in the WLTP cycle.
Prices start at €37,390 for the 58 kWh version. If you deduct the €8,000 Government incentive, the Volkswagen ID.3 is definitely one of the most attractive electric cars around at the moment – from all points of view.
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