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...
Volkswagen ID 3
On sale: Summer 2020 | Price from: £29,000 (est)
Volkswagen is no stranger to electric vehicles, but the new ID 3 hatchback is 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 stays 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.
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.
Inside, you'll find a 10.in touchscreen infotainment system and a separate screen housing digital instruments. There's also slightly more boot space than you'll find in the current Golf, at 385 litres. As with lots of other modern cars, you can speak to the ID 3 using natural language and can prompt the car to listen by saying "Hello, ID".
Pricing has yet to be revealed, but we'd expect the ID 3 to start at around £29,000. Don't forget, either, that as a fully electric car, the ID 3 benefits from the Government's £3500 electric vehicle grant.
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