2020 Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback: prices, specs and release date – CarBuyer

  • • 1ST Edition cars now available to order
  • • Prices start from £35,880 after PiCG
  • • Three battery sizes set to be offered

UK pricing and specifications for the Volkswagen ID.3 have been revealed, with 1ST Edition cars starting from £35,880 after the government’s £3,000 plug-in car grant. The order book for the limited-edition 1ST Edition model opened today but the car has been reserved for buyers who placed a £750 deposit last year.

Full UK pricing for the standard ID.3 line-up has not yet been confirmed but a basic entry-level version of the car will be available. On top of this, buyers will be able to add one of seven pre-configured equipment packs to their cars ranging from the entry-level ‘Life’ specification to the most expensive ‘Max’ package.

Volkswagen ID.3 1ST Edition

While prices of upcoming entry-level versions are expected to start at under €30,000 (£26,000), the first production run of 30,000 cars will be ID.3 1ST Editions, with the UK version costing £35,880 after the PiCG (£38,880 before the subsidy).

Every ID.3 1ST Edition model gets the mid-range 58kWh battery (likely to be the most popular size) for a range of around 260 miles, will feature fast-charging as standard, and will get a year’s free charging at compatible charging points.

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UK buyers get one 1ST Edition trim level (other European countries get as many as three). Large alloy wheels, voice control and sat nav have been confirmed, while UK cars have a contrasting colour scheme and glare-free Matrix LED headlights.

Those customers ordering now can choose delivery in September or a couple of months later. Those who opt to get their cars at launch get exclusive access to a ‘1st Mover’ club but smartphone mirroring and the distance feature in the head-up display won’t be activated immediately. A software update will introduce these features later on. If you’re happy to wait until the end of the year, all functions will be ready to use.

Prices, trim levels and specifications

Every ID.3 will be available with the option of seven different equipment packs matching those available in other European countries. Full UK prices have yet to be confirmed, but the entry-level basic model will cost €35,575 (around £32,200, before the UK’s £3,000 plug-in car grant) and include adaptive cruise control, wireless phone charging and an EV-focused sat-nav system. The ID.3 Life costs around £2,000 more, and adds heated seats and a heated steering wheel, plus extra USB-C ports.

The ID.3 Style trim costs the equivalent of around £37,000 and brings matrix LED headlights, a panoramic glass sunroof and scrolling indicators. ID.3 Business (based on the Life trim) will cost around £300 more than Style. It gets the same upgraded headlights, but offers rear privacy glass, keyless entry and a reversing camera instead of the sunroof and LED tail-lights.

Spending €42,806 (around £38,200) gives you access to the ID.3 Family spec, which blends the equipment levels of Style and Business trims plus two-zone air con and a larger sunroof. ID.3 Tech gets extra driver assistance (a head-up display, side assist and Travel Assist) and a premium audio system for €44,810 (roughly £40,600). ID.3 Max sits above Tech in the range but is a little cheaper, and gets progressive steering, a power-adjustable massaging driver’s seat and upgraded cruise control.

While the aforementioned specifications are all available with the midrange 58kWh battery, the range-topping ID.3 Tour (€45,918, or around £41,500) uses a bigger 77kWh battery for a longer maximum driving distance. It has 19-inch aluminium wheels, an upgraded audio system and extra driver assistance. In the name of weight-saving and efficiency, it only comes with four seats; all other trims get five.

Rivals and styling

The Volkswagen ID.3 rivals the Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia e-Niro and Nissan Leaf.

Volkswagen has managed to make the styling similar to its petrol and diesel-powered cars but with a futuristic touch. The ID.3 is almost the same size as a Volkswagen Golf but has a much stubbier bonnet. The front and rear lights are LED units, while its sleek shape, roof spoiler and fared-in alloy wheels will help aerodynamics and range. Most cars are likely to have a gloss black tailgate and roof, and the concept’s sliding doors have been replaced with conventional versions. The production car will be very slightly bigger than the original concept, due to extra pedestrian safety requirements.

Interior and technology

With batteries under the floor and no conventional engine, the ID.3 will offer a surprising amount of space. Despite appearances, four adults will have plenty of room – about as much as you’d get in the larger Volkswagen Passat.

The ID.3 will also feature autonomous technology more prominently than any current VW, with sensors all around the vehicle and multiple cameras. Volkswagen will showcase a new kind of ‘augmented reality’ head-up display, which presents navigation information about the world around you on the windscreen, including which street you need to turn down.

Once it’s been in production for five or so years, VW expects to roll out full ‘Level 5’ autonomy, which will allow the ID.3 to take its occupants from door to door with no driver input. Selecting autonomous mode could even see the car’s headlights feature dynamic patterns that can beckon other vehicles and pedestrians across its path.

Range and charging

If the entry-level ID.3 hatchback meets VW’s promise of being an alternative to a mid-range diesel Golf, it’s likely to have around 120bhp from its electric motor. VW will offer several different battery sizes, with the entry-level version using a 48kWh battery for a range of 205 miles, the mid-range 58kWh model capable of 260 miles and the 77kWh managing a WLTP-certified 342 miles of range. Entry-level versions are also expected to have a single rear-mounted motor powering the rear wheels, while more expensive models are likely to have two motors and four-wheel drive.

The ID.3 has a charging point at the rear of the car offering two types of AC charging (7.2kW and 11kW), as well as DC charging at up to 125kW.

Volkswagen is aiming to make all ID.3s carbon-neutral, offsetting production emissions with currently unnamed climate projects. The company is also forging partnerships with UK companies to provide chargers at hundreds of locations – including 600 at Tesco stores nationwide by 2020. Using a fast 100kW charger, you’ll be able to add around 160 miles of range in just half an hour.

What does it mean for car buyers?

The ID.3 has been billed as one of the most important cars in VW’s history, following in the footsteps of the Beetle and Golf. A confusing trim level line-up and a couple of features not ready for the car’s launch suggest the ID.3’s release may have suffered some disruption. Still, once the car is on sale it should be popular because it brings the familiarity of a Golf with a decent electric range and a hi-tech interior. At the moment, the cheaper trim levels seem to offer the best value-for-money.

If you’re looking for an electric hatchback, take a look at our Volkswagen e-Golf and Nissan Leaf reviews, or check out our picks for the best electric cars you can buy now.


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