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The Volkswagen ID 3 is a remarkably well-rounded small electric car. Not only is it one one of the few EVs that’s genuinely good fun to drive thanks to its well-weighted steering and fantastic body control, but it feels genuinely zippy too, matching the acceleration of the pricier Kia e-Niro Long Range and pummelling the rest of its key rivals, including the Citroën e-C4 and Peugeot e-208. It’s also surprisingly well-equipped in Life trim and benefits from slow predicted depreciation.
The trimSee full equipment
Style introduces 18in alloy wheels, ambient interior lighting, keyless entry, illuminated door handles, a rear-view camera, better seats, a ski flap and rear-tinted glass over City trim. It’s only available with the 45kWh battery, though, so unless you’re not planning on any long journeys, we’d save some money and get Life trim for its bigger 58kWh battery.
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The Pro Performance has a 58kWh battery, a 201bhp motor and, according to official WLTP figures, a range of 263miles. We managed 197 miles on a mix of roads at our private test track. 0-62mph takes 7.3sec, matching the fastest Leaf. 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.
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