Electric cars coming soon: Volkswagen ID 3

Electric vehicles still account for a tiny proportion of car sales, but that could soon change, because these upcoming models push the boundaries of performance, range and desirability...

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What Car? team
12 June 2019

Volkswagen ID.3 side

Volkswagen ID 3

On sale Summer 2020 Price from £35,000 (est)

Volkswagen is no stranger to electric vehicles, but the new ID 3 hatchback will be the brand’s first car to have been designed as an EV from the outset – as opposed to the e-Golf and e-Up, which are electrified variants of existing cars.

With styling that will stay true to the futuristic concept of 2016 in all but details, the ID takes the form of a five-door family hatchback.

The more powerful of the two electric motors you can choose develops a lively 201bhp, and the ID 3 will be available with three sizes of battery. The biggest battery gives you a range of 341 miles, the mid-range option (which VW expects most buyers to go for) grants 260 miles, and the smallest battery 205 miles. You can find out how late-stage prototype versions of the ID 3 drive with our early review.

Volkswagen ID.3 prototype rear

The batteries can be recharged to 80% of capacity within 30 minutes, using the fastest charging points found at motorway service stations. The ID is longer, taller and slightly wider than the Golf. Clever packaging is said to give the ID generous interior space as well as a tight turning circle, thanks to its rear-mounted motor. It will also feature an advanced augmented reality infotainment system, which can do things like project instructions from the sat-nav directly onto the windscreen.

Pricing has yet to be revealed, but we'd expect prices to start at around £35,000. Don't forget, either, that as a purely electric car the ID 3 benefits from the government's £3500 electric vehicle grant.

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