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
Jul 12, 2019

Volkswagen's first car from its brand-new range of electric vehicles is now on sale.

Production for the Volkswagen ID.3 is set to start before the end of 2019 and Volkswagen expects to begin UK deliveries during spring 2020.

VW’s new range of vehicles, referred to as ID, consist of all-electric models that are supposed to offer a blend of upmarket materials, new-world technology and of course, emission-free motoring.

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

As development of the ID.3 is still underway, VW hasn’t released all the details for its newest electric car (for example, the interior is still yet to be revealed) but below you will find all the latest information on charging times, battery capacity, range and much more.

Read about the 2020 Volkswagen ID.3 technology

Read about the 2020 Volkswagen ID.3 performance

Read about the 2020 Volkswagen ID.3 interior

Read about the 2020 Volkswagen ID.3 specification

Read about the 2020 Volkswagen ID.3 review

     

2020 Volkswagen ID.3 highlights

  • Claimed range of 230-342 miles (battery dependant)
  • Batteries capable of using charging points rated up  to 125kW
  • Two power outputs: 148hp and 201hp

Key facts

2020 Volkswagen ID.3 price from £34,000 (estimated)
2020 Volkswagen ID.3 deliveries Spring 2020

 

2020 Volkswagen ID.3 technology

Volkswagen has decided to offer the ID.3 with a choice of three battery packs. They come with either 44kWh (kilowatt hours), 58kWH or 77kWh of battery power. Having different capacities naturally impacts the maximum range, with VW claiming the ID.3 is capable of between 230 and 342 miles of travel under WLTP test conditions.

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 per cent 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 units capable of up to 11kW of charging oomph.

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 choices available from launch so there will likely be two sprint times anyway. The first motor is a 148hp unit and the second a more powerful 201hp unit. 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

The interior of the ID.3 is still under wraps. This may seem a little strange, but in an age where the focus of car ownership is being taken away from driving and put on in-car technology and autonomy, it isn’t surprising.

What we can tell you is that the inside will be designed to look modern and packed with technology. For example, VW has designed an augmented reality head-up display which is reported to have influenced the layout of the dash and windscreen. For the launch models at least, VW has included some funky play and pause designs for the accelerator and brake pedals (we will let you guess which pedal has which symbol on it).

In line with the ID.3’s uber-modern image VW had designed something called an ‘Interactive Light’. VW claims this will be capable of aiding navigation and informing motorists of when to apply the brakes.

2020 Volkswagen ID.3 specification

VW has already announced some exciting equipment and technology that will feature on the ID.3. For starters, the optional matrix headlights roll round and into action when you walk towards the car - they are very Inspector Gadget-esque.

As for trim levels, only one has been announced and it is known as ‘1st’. As this is VW’s first all-electric production car under its ID range of vehicles, expect it to come with more equipment than you can shake a collection of sticks at.

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, the ID.3 will have one, too. 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, 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 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 one 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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