Volkswagen ID.3 150kW 1ST Edition Pro Power 62kWh 5dr Auto Review

Category: Small Electric

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
electric
Gearbox:
auto
Doors:
5 doors
Available colours:
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RRP£38,880
Review

The 1st Edition model that we’ve driven, and which will be the only model available initially, comes with the upper-mid-level motor and battery that equip it with decent performance and range, as well as plenty of kit. However, for similar money to that, you can buy the entry-level Model 3, which strikes us as a better overall package, not least because of its better charging network. We think the pick of the ID.3 range will come later on; when the cheaper versions are launched they'll present stiff competition to the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe.

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There’s only the 1st Edition on sale at the moment. It comes well kitted out, with 19in alloy wheels, heated front seats, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry and start, power-folding door mirrors, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, privacy glass, 30-colour interior ambient lighting, as well as the infotainment system, LED Matrix headlights and parking aids we wrote about earlier in the review.  There aren't many options to choose from, but you'll need to add a Type 2 charging cable if you want to guarantee you can top up at any charging point. We understand there will be several trims to follow, called Life, Business, Family, Style, Tech, Max and Tour – the latter will only be available with the largest battery. There will also be a range of five packs, which you can add to each trim to enhance the specifications and styling as you see fit.

At present you can only order the 1st Edition, which has a 58kWh battery, a 201bhp motor and a range of 260miles – according to official WLTP figures. 0-62mph takes 7.3sec, matching the fastest Leaf but that’s some way off the pace of the slowest Model 3, but with typically instant electric-car surge, you won't find it lacking rapidity off the line. A 50kW charger should take it from 10-80% charge in around 60mins, while a 7kW home wall box will fully charge the battery from empty in around nine hours.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH7.3 seconds
Fuel TypeElectric
GearboxAUTO
Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

385

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

0

g/km

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