New Volkswagen ID.3: range, charge times, prices and pics

The Volkswagen ID.3 is VW’s first all-electric car under its new ID range of vehicles. Latest specs and details this way

James Wilson
Jan 22, 2020

Volkswagen has officially kicked off its brand new range of electric cars by opening order books for the ID.3. Prices are expected to start around £27,000 when the full range is available, however, upmarket launch models are estimated to be priced from around £36,000. The first ID.3s are due to start appearing in UK showrooms during summer 2020.

VW’s new range of vehicles, christened with the ID badge, consist of all-electric cars that are supposed to offer a blend of upmarket materials, new-world technology and of course, emission-free motoring.

Quick facts

  • The first of Volkswagen's new ID range
  • Claimed range of 230-342 miles
  • Capable of using 125kW charge points
  • Two power outputs: 148hp and 201hp
  • Estimated prices from £27,000
  • Deliveries Summer 2020

Comparable to the Volkswagen Golf in size, the ID.3 marks a major turning point in VW’s history in that it is the first production car to be based on the German carmaker’s bespoke electric car platform.

As another first, Volkswagen also claims that the ID.3 is carbon neutral upon delivery to its customers, meaning the net carbon impact of manufacturing an ID.3 is zero.

While certain details are still yet to be confirmed, much of the key information around battery size, range and equipment has been released. So read on below to find all the latest VW ID.3 information.

2020 Volkswagen ID.3 models and prices

VW is initially offering the ID.3 in three set specifications: 1st, 1st Plus and 1st Max. While more affordable versions are expected to join the range in the future, initially, ID.3 1st models will be the entry-level spec.

Buyers of 1st spec models will be treated to heated seats, heated steering wheel, navigation, 10-inch central touchscreen display, DAB radio and 18-inch alloy wheels. The cost of an ID.3 1st is expected to be around £36,000.

Next up in the range are 1st Plus models. These come with additional equipment such as rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry/start, two USB-C ports for charging compatible devices, tinted windows, matrix LED headlights (which roll round and into action when you walk towards the car – they are very Inspector Gadget-esque) and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Sat at the top of the range are ID.3 1st Max models. These pack equipment such as an augmented reality head up display, Beats sound system, lane keeping assist, opening glass roof and 20-inch alloy wheels.

While VW is yet to release pricing for the two better equipped ID.3 1st models, it is a safe assumption that they will command a premium over the entry-level option – prices well in excess of £40,000 should be expected.

Also, as per the regulations stipulating that all new electric cars made since the 1 July 2019 must have an Acoustic Vehicle Alert Systems aka an AVAS, all ID.3s will have one. This is a noise the ID.3 makes at speeds under 12mph, which alerts pedestrians to its presence. While all manufacturers are now required to include one on their EVs, there is no set sound they have to use – VW is yet to confirm what sound the ID.3 will make.

2020 Volkswagen ID.3 batteries and charge times

Volkswagen has decided to offer the ID.3 with a choice of three battery packs. They come with either 45kWh (kilowatt-hours), 58kWh or 77kWh of battery power – all ID.3 1st models will come with the middle option.

Having different capacities naturally impacts the maximum driving range, with VW claiming an ID.3 equipped with the smallest battery pack is capable of 205 miles following a full charge. While the mid-range battery pack brings a theoretical range of 261 miles and the biggest battery offers up to 342 miles of driving.

While motorists will likely achieve less than this in real life (due to influences from wind and temperature) all the figures were gathered under the latest WLTP test conditions, which is the most up to date set of guidelines manufacturers can follow.

To reassure those thinking of buying an electric car Volkswagen provides an eight-year or 99,400-mile warranty on its batteries, vowing to fix models should their capacity fall below 70% of what it was new within that time frame/mileage.

VW has engineered the ID.3’s batteries to be capable of using charging points offering up to 125kW, which is great provided such a plug is available near you. If not, you will have to settle for a less powerful charger. VW offers a range of wall boxes to charge your ID.3 but only those with up to 11kW of charging power.

Even so, the German carmaker claims that its wall boxes will be powerful enough to fully charge an ID.3 overnight or during the course of a working day. Like most electric cars sold in Europe, the ID.3 uses a Type 2 electric car charging socket – it is also compatible with CCS rapid charger plugs often found at service stations.

2020 Volkswagen ID.3 performance

Being an electric car the ID.3’s power delivery is very digital, i.e. you get all available performance from a standstill – a traditional car’s peak power is normally delivered relatively high up its range of rpm.

VW hasn’t confirmed 0-62mph sprint times, but there will be two motor options available from launch so there will likely be two different sprint times. The first motor produces 148hp and 310Nm of torque and will power an ID.3 to a top speed of 99mph. Details are thin on the ground for the second motor, but VW has confirmed it will produce 201hp. Regardless of power output, the motor is mounted at the rear of the car and powers the back wheels. All ID.3’s will come with an automatic transmission.

Although the powertrain of the ID.3 is very much new, Volkswagen is using a tried and tested setup for the suspension – multi-link at the rear and MacPherson struts upfront. Being an electric car the ID.3 is expected to be significantly heavier than a similarly sized petrol- or diesel-powered equivalent, albeit with a relatively low centre of mass thanks to the batteries being mounted underneath the cabin.

2020 Volkswagen ID.3 interior

VW has designed the ID.3 cabin to be modern and clean – echoing what many people perceive an electric car to be. There are minimal buttons and those that are there are touch rather than tactile (apart from the electric window and hazard light buttons).

There is no traditional dash cluster, instead, a multifunction display which gives drivers information about their road speed, directional guidance and which gear they are in (drive, neutral, park and reverse). A central 10-inch touchscreen display supports this, showing information such as the radio station occupants are listening to.

There is a handful of interesting design touches to the cabin, with launch models featuring funky play and pause designs for the accelerator and brake pedals (we will let you guess which pedal has which symbol on it). Another example is the ID light which is claimed to be able to aid navigation and inform motorists of when to apply their brakes.

2020 Volkswagen ID.3 review

As Volkswagen is yet to finish developing the ID.3, it shouldn’t come as a massive shock that we are yet to test a production-ready UK model on UK roads. When finished models do arrive on our shores we will be on hand to provide a buyers’ guide, so be sure to keep checking back.


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