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VOLKSWAGEN ID.3 ELECTRIC HATCHBACK

150kW Business Pro Performance 58kWh 5dr Auto

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The Volkswagen ID.3 brings all our electrified automotive futures another step closer. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

So far, there have been two eras in Volkswagen's history. The first post-war period of the Beetle. And the second modern era, dominated by the company's biggest-selling model, the Golf. The third period starts now with this car, the ID.3, the first of many products from the Wolfsburg maker's new ID all-electric sub-brand. We've had all-electric Volkswagens before of course (the e-Golf and the e-up!) but they've been based on the underpinnings of ordinary combustion models. The ID range will be very different, created around a purpose-designed MEB electrified platform and built at a bespoke EV factory in Zwickau near Dresden. Ten new ID-series designs to be manufactured at this facility will be launched between now and 2025, including an SUV, a 7-seater, a luxury saloon, a coupe and commercial vehicles. The first offering though, is this ID.3, a Golf-sized hatch with Passat-sized interior space. And technology that aims to make you think again if you haven't yet considered a switch to electric motoring.

Driving Experience

Let's cover what you need to know here: there are three choices of powertrain for the ID.3, with battery packs rated at 45, 58 and 77kWh, allowing for respective WLTP-rated driving range figures of up to 217, up to 260 and up to 342 miles. Plus there are two electric motor options, rated at around 150PS and 204PS, both of which drive the rear wheels through a single-speed auto gearbox. It's the mid-level 58kWh battery package with the 204PS electric motor that is likely to prove most popular. Even if budget limits you to the base 45kWh variant with its 150PS motor, it'll still feel quite rapid, with 62mph from just just 8.9s away. All ID.3 models have the same limited 99mph top speed. To fire everything up, you hit the starter button, then activate the gear selector, a rocker switch mounted on the steering column that twists in two directions: it's forward for 'drive' and the braking regeneration modes, And you twist back for neutral and reverse. Acceleration has been programmed to be linear and consistent rather than arriving all-in-a-rush, though the top 77kWh version can get to 62mph in 7.5s. Top speed across the range is limited to around 100mph. And weight has been kept to reasonable levels (1,670kgs is relatively light for an EV) which should help handling. As is now compulsory for Evs, there's a pedestrian warning buzzer which works at under 12mph to warn pavement folk of your approach. The super-tight 10.2-metre turning circle is closer to that of an up! city car than a Golf.

Design and Build

The styling here's conservatively futuristic and this is a slightly larger car than pricier EV rivals like the Renault ZOE and the BMW i3: it's also a little bigger than a comparable Golf. Measurements of 4,261mm in length and 1,809mm in width make the ID.3 23mm longer and 20mm wider than a MK8 Golf - and this EV is 60mm taller too, thanks to the need for battery installation in the thicker floor. There's a swept-back windscreen (raked to better accommodate the head-up display system). Plus a black plastic panel beneath it styled to trick your eye into believing that the bonnet is shorter than it actually is. And the ID.3 generally rides on big 19 or 20-inch wheels. Inside, things are more avant garde, with all of the driving information displayed on a digital 'pod' panel. Thanks to the slightly raised floor, you sit a little higher than you would in a Golf and there's a standard-fit 10-inch centre-dash infotainment screen with intuitive voice recognition. There are plenty of stowage cubbies and a decently-sized central storage bin resides between the front seats. Due to a 145mm wheelbase increase over a Golf, rear seat room is almost Passat-like, but you don't get a huge boot, though the 385-litre capacity will be sufficient for most.

Market and Model

Volkswagen's goal with the ID.3 was to make the switch to full-EV motoring more affordable for more people - which means making it cost the same (or less) than an equivalent combustion-engined model. They have quite managed that yet, but the range is still expanding. We'll quote you prices following deduction of the £2,500 government Plug-in grant, available on all models below £35,000, which is most of the range. Things kick off with a base 'Pure Performance' models featuring the smallest 45kWh battery mated to a 150PS electric motor, derivatives which cost from just over £27,000, with two trim options - 'Life' and 'Style'. Most ID.3 customers start their search with the 58kWh battery variants, which cost from around £28,500 and use the 145PS 'Pro' electric motor - there's a choice of 'Life Pro' and 'Family Pro' models, both also available in 'Performance' form with the gutsier 204PS electric motor for £1,300 more. That gutsier motor has to be had with the first of the plush variants priced over the goverment's £35,000 grant threshold, the 'Max Pro Performance' 58kWh model, which costs nearly £8,000. For around £39,000, there's also a top 'Tour Pro S' variant which mates a larger capacity 77kWh battery with the 204PS 'Performance' motor. A 10-inch centre-dash infotainment screen is standard across the range and features a neat 'touch-sensitive bar', using which you can swipe across various screen zones to control both stereo volume and cabin temperature. Volkswagen's latest natural voice control system also features, enabling you to ask the car virtually anything as long as you preface it by "Hello Volkswagen". We'd want to specify the clever head-up display system, which projects augmented-reality navigation arrows, hazard alerts and pedestrian detection messages onto the inside of the windscreen in front of you as you drive.

Cost of Ownership

Volkswagen reckons that a typical ID.3 user will save about £730 a year in operating expenses over what they'd pay to run a comparable combustion-engined model. It's not only that your energy costs will be lower: you should also make savings in insurance, road tax and the fact that no oil changes are required. Volkswagen says that its aim is to make sure that the battery pack lasts as long as the car and, sure enough, that battery pack is warrantied to have at least 70% of its usable capacity after eight years or 100,000 miles. As usual with an EV, around 80% of charging will be done via programmable overnight replenishment using owners' garage wallboxes - bespoke versions of these are available through Volkswagen. Out and about, in the unlikely event that you find a 100kW rapid charger, around 180 miles-worth of electricity can be taken on board in just 30 minutes. You'll only be able to get the capability of using such a 100kW on-board fast charger with mid-level and higher-spec ID.3 models - though this uprated charging system is optional lower down the range where the cheaper variants make do with a 50kW charger.

Summary

So here we are in Volkswagen's new era and there are lots of things we like about the ID.3. You'll appreciate the clever packaging, the quick performance, the sharp manoeuvrability and the cutting-edge cabin tech. You might even really like the quietly futuristic styling. What we think will most appeal here though, is the way that the Wolfsburg brand has been able to deliver a family-sized EV at a sensible price that really is directly comparable to combustion-engined alternatives. What's more, this really does feel like an authentic Volkswagen, with a rear-driven format that even has a few Beetle throw-backs. In half a century's time, there's just a chance that the ID.3 will command a place in automotive history alongside that seminal VW model. As we said, the future starts here.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeElectric
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency0.00mpg
Top Speed
Top Speed99mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 10" touch screen infotainment system
  • 5.3" Digital dashboard display
  • Adaptive cruise control including Front Assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitoring system, City emergency braking system,speed limiter
  • BLIS (Blind spot information system)
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Car2X technology
  • Driver alert system
  • Driver profile selection with personalisation
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • ID. Light
  • Lane assist
  • Multifunction camera
  • Natural voice control
  • Power assisted speed sensitive steering
  • Remote tailgate unlocking
  • Security and service (SOS buttons)
  • Trip computer
  • Wireless app connect

Entertainment

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Sound system
  • Touch control

Exterior Features

  • Black roof
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Body coloured door mirrors with intergrated indicators
  • Electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Heated rear window
  • Separate LED daytime running lights which also perform the indicator function

Interior Features

  • 1 Zone climatronic
  • Armrest integrated into the front seats
  • Artvelours cloth upholstery
  • Driver seat height adjust
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front headrests
  • Heated rear seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Pause and play pedals
  • Pockets and smartphone pockets in seats
  • Reach + rake adjustable steering column
  • Rear bench seat with center armrest includes loading function
  • Rear headrests

Packs

  • Assistance pack - ID.3
  • Comfort pack - ID.3
  • Design pack - ID.3
  • Infotainment pack - ID.3
  • NCAP pack - ID.3

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control
  • Tyre pressure monitor

Security

  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central locking

Technical

  • Exterior e-sound

Wheels

  • Tyre mobility kit

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    58
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    7.2
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    570
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    11
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    375
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    0-80
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    35
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
    8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb
    15.6
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb
    4.2
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - City
    581
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb
    422
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Max
    422
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - Min
    422
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - City
    361
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb
    262
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Max
    262
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - Min
    262

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    Not Available
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    Not Available
  • NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    Not Available
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Not Available
  • CC
    1
  • Compression Ratio
    Not Available
  • Cylinder Layout
    Not Available
  • Cylinders
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    Not Available
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    Not Available
  • Engine Layout
    Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery
    Not Available
  • Gears
    1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    Not Available
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    Not Available
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    Not Available
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    Not Available

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    0.0
  • Badge Power
    204
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Pro Performance
  • Coin Series
    Business
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    25E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    87
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    89
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    71
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    88
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    999999
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    7.3
  • Engine Power - BHP
    204
  • Engine Power - KW
    150
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    229
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    31.6
  • Engine Torque - NM
    310
  • Top Speed
    99

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    No
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    AERO
  • Wheel Type
    18" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1568
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4261
  • Wheelbase
    2770
  • Width
    1809
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2070

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    Not Available
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2270
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1267
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    385
  • Max. Loading Weight
    540
  • Max. Roof Load
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    Not Available
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1730
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.2
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"Superb service. After having been really let down by another leasing company, Silverstone saved the day. Really professional, quick and pleasant staff. Clear communication and quality service from start to finish. I was so pleased with the service I leased another car from them! Thanks especially to Aby, who was a superstar. I leased a Tesla Model 3 (and now a Fiat 500 too!)"

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"I cannot fault the service received from Silverstone Fleet Management, for Start to finish it was seamless. I was regularly kept in the loop with information and what was required from myself to proceed. Holly Palmer who is one of the SFM Sales Support Executive was very prompt in responding to my emails and sending me anything that I needed to complete for the process and acknowledging anything that I returned. Tom Bailey who is one of the SFM Account Managers was very prompt at sending me the original quotes and adapting them to suit my needs and alongside Holly keeping me informed at every point during the start to end process. The whole process took at the most 3 weeks from quoting, ordering to the delivery/collection. although I appreciate this was a stock vehicle and not ordered purposely for my requirements. I had to go and collect the vehicle in the end as there were no available drivers to deliver for the date that I needed the vehicle, but this was not a fault of SFM, who tried their best to get the vehicle to me for the requested date, but had I not needed the vehicle to go on holiday then I would only have had to wait a couple more days for delivery. I would totally recommend SFM to my family and friends and hopefully I will be able to put people/business their way. When my lease is up I would not hesitate to use SFM again and hopefully this review will persuade others to take a leap of faith in SFM as they really do deliver the fantastic service that they advertise"

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