Buyer’s guide to the Volkswagen ID.3

Buyer’s guide to the Volkswagen ID.3

The ID.3 paves the way for a range of new Volkswagen EVs

It’s no understatement to call the ID.3 one of Volkswagen’s most important cars to date, with this new electric hatchback ushering in a new era for the German firm.

And with affordable pricing, a good electric range and a great driving experience, Volkswagen has succeeded, with the ID.3 being one of the best EVs you can buy today.

But what else do you need to know about the ID.3? Let’s take a look…

What powertrains are available?

While Volkswagen is set to expand the range of powertrain options on the ID.3 over time, currently there are two to choose from.

The majority of versions use a 58kWh battery combined with an electric motor producing 201bhp – enabling a range of around 260 miles (depending on model) and a 0-60mph time of just 7.1 seconds. 

But a high-spec ‘Tour’ model is also on offer – bringing a larger 77kWh battery that increases the range to 336 miles, though the additional weight reduces the 0-60mph time to 7.7 seconds. 

In terms of charging speeds, both models have batteries that can accept a charge rate of up to 100kW – meaning a five to 80 per cent charge time takes around 35 minutes, while a full charge can be achieved overnight. 

What trim levels are offered?

A range of trims are available on the ID.3, with equipment highlights and pricing as follows. All prices include the government’s £3,000 electric car grant. 

Life – from £29,990

Standard equipment includes LED lighting, a 10-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a digital dashboard, climate control and keyless start. You also get front and rear parking sensors, lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control. 

Business – from £33,720

Business brings upgraded LED interior lighting, tinted glass, keyless entry, a reversing camera and 30-colour ambient lighting. 

Family – from £34,650

Up next is the Family, which builds on the Business model with its panoramic sunroof, electric folding door mirrors, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. 

Style – from £34,180

Style brings the ‘Design pack plus’ in addition to the Life specification. That adds 30-colour ambient lighting, a panoramic sunroof and upgraded Matrix LED headlights. 

Tech – from £36,190

Tech will suit those that like their gadgets, building on the Style model with a head-up display, upgraded sound system, illuminated door handles, a reversing camera and side assist to help in the event of collisions. 

Max – from £38,220

The Max model adds a host of kit, adding on the Tech with its two-zone climate control, electric folding mirrors, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. It also features a system known as Dynamic Chassis Control, which allows you to configure the vehicle’s settings, along with progressive steering. 

Tour – from £39,290

At the top of the range is the Tour, which is the model equipped with a larger 77kWh battery enabling a range of up to 336 miles. It also features massaging front seats, larger alloy wheels and features four seats rather than the standard five-seat configuration. 

What about personalisation?

The ID.3’s personalisation mainly comes from the fact there are so many grades to choose from. However, there are a range of alloy wheel designs to choose from, along with cool colours such as Makena Turquoise and Manganese Grey – a bi-tone paint finish is also available. Standard optional extras are scarce, though, and include a range of interior colour options and charging cables.

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