2020 Volkswagen ID.3: prices, specification, range and charging time

The new Volkswagen ID.3 electric hatchback has arrived, offering VW Golf levels of space and up to 336 miles of zero-emission range

James Allen
Oct 30, 2020

Volkswagen may have decided to kill off the electric e-Golf with the transition from the outgoing seventh generation model to the new eighth generation one, but the essence of that car lives on in its spiritual successor - the new ID.3 family hatchback.

It’s a very important car for Volkswagen, as the ID.3 will pave the way for a whole range of electric ID cars that are due to go on sale over the coming years.

There’s more to the ID.3 than its significance in the company’s product plans, though. This should be a pretty compelling car to convert many drivers to electric power, as the ID.3 is capable of covering long distances on a single charge for a car of this size and price - Volkswagen states that up to 336 miles is possible in cars with the largest battery pack, while versions with the lower capacity setup are able to cover around 260 miles between charges.

Aside from that long range, Volkswagen is also promising fast charging times thanks to the car's compatibility with ultra-rapid charging points, and a decent amount of equipment available as standard across the range. The ID.3 also offers similar amounts of interior space and luggage volume to the petrol and diesel Volkswagen Golf - meaning it’s fairly practical for a car of this size.

It’s a fair bit pricier than a Golf, though. Even with the government's Plug-In Car Grant applied, the Volkswagen ID.3 starts at £29,990, and you’ll need to spend closer to £40,000 if you want an ID.3 with the largest available battery pack.

Quick facts

  • Up to 336 miles of range
  • Capable of using 125kW charging points
  • 80% charge in as little as 35 minutes
  • Similar size and room to a VW Golf
  • Prices start from £29,990
  • On sale now

2020 Volkswagen ID.3 range and charging time

How far you’ll be able to drive a Volkswagen ID.3 before you run out of charge will depend on which version you go for. From launch, the car will be offered with two battery sizes: a 58kWh setup and a larger 77kWh pack, which carries a price premium.

You’ll need to go for the 77kWh version if you want the best range possible, as Volkswagen says this version of the ID.3 will be able to cover up to an impressive 336 miles between charges. While cars with the 58kWh battery won’t be able to go quite as far, Volkswagen claims a range of up to 263 miles on a single charge - meaning that even the basic ID.3 should be a realistic prospect for most motorists as their only car - with only those who regularly go on particularly long trips being hampered by not being able to complete their typical journeys without plugging in.

Because the ID.3 is compatible with pretty powerful charging points (100kW for 58kWh versions; 125kW for 77kWh cars), it can take as little as 35 minutes to recharge the car’s batteries from 5% to 80%. You’ll need to be a bit more patient if you can’t access chargers as potent as that, though - according to Volkswagen, it will take at least nine hours and 30 minutes to fully recharge the batteries using a 7kW charging point or a similarly powerful domestic wall box unit.

2020 Volkswagen ID.3 performance

While there are a couple of battery options for the Volkswagen ID.3, the electric motor options are more limited: for the time being, the car only comes with a 204hp motor that drives the rear wheels. Likewise, as with many other electric cars, the only gearbox available is a single-gear automatic.

Because it has similar amounts of oomph as a sporty hatchback, the ID.3 is pretty brisk for a family car. With the 58kWh battery fitted, the ID.3 can accelerate to 62mph from a standing start in 7.3 seconds, while due to the weight of the bigger battery, 77kWh ID.3s complete the same sprint in a still quick 7.9 seconds). Regardless of what battery the car comes with, top speed is limited to 99mph - though that does mean the Volkswagen has more than enough performance for UK roads.

2020 Volkswagen ID.3 interior and practicality

Considering the two cars are very similarly sized, it’s not too surprising that the ID.3 is pretty close to the Volkswagen Golf hatchback when it comes to practicality. This is especially the case with regards to luggage volumes: at 385 litres with the rear seats up, the ID.3’s boot is just four litres larger the Golf’s.

Passenger space is also broadly similar between the two cars, meaning there’s enough room for tall passengers to fit in the rear seats comfortably. Do bear in mind, however, that while 58kWh ID.3s have three seats in the back, there are only two rear seats on models with the bigger 77kWh battery fitted.

There’s parity across the range when it comes to the rest of the interior, though. All ID.3s come with a modern and clean-looking dashboard layout, with most of the controls relegated to a 10-inch touchscreen media system and touch sensors on the steering wheel. Likewise, the traditional instrument binnacle you’ll find on most other cars has been replaced here by a a multifunction digital display.

2020 Volkswagen ID.3 specifications

In a bold move, Volkswagen won’t be offering any major optional extras on the ID.3 - instead, customers will be able to pick from no less than seven different pre-set trim levels. Standard equipment is decent across the range, as all versions come with out of the box with adaptive cruise control, heated front seats, built-in sat-nav and the ability to connect two smartphones to the car at the same time using Bluetooth. However, you’ll need to go for higher spec models if you want items like a panoramic sunroof and a reversing camera.

It’s also important to note that Volkswagen is only offering trim levels on ID.3s with the 58kWh battery fitted. Go for the 77kWh ID.3, and you’ll be limited to Tour spec, which comes with a lot of tech (such as dual-zone climate control, an upgraded sound system, sports suspension and safety assists like blind spot monitoring) - though it also helps make this version the most expensive ID.3 you can get.

Volkswagen says more features can be added over time to the ID.3 via over-the-air updates - meaning you can get the latest software for the car through an Internet connection, rather than needing to have it downloaded and installed at your nearest Volkswagen dealer. One of the first over-the-air additions to the ID.3 will be Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity for the car’s touchscreen media system, which Volkswagen says will be rolled out in the UK for free during early 2021.

2020 Volkswagen ID.3 price and release date

The Volkswagen ID.3 is available to order now. With the Plug-In Car Grant applied, prices start at £29,990 for versions with the 58kWh battery pack, whereas an ID.3 with the larger 77kWh battery will set you back £39,290 from launch.

 

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