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Volkswagen ID.3 might sound like a new Star Wars character involving some blatant product placement, but it’s a car. A very important car, actually: Volkswagen’s first electric car based on a bespoke electric car platform. It replaced the previous e-Golf as the family-sized choice for those with a green conscience.
There are three battery sizes to choose from, providing varying performance and range to suit your needs. There’s quite a disparity between them and the knock-on effect is quite a price jump between the cheapest and most expensive ID.3.
The cheaper ID.3s rival the Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf, while the more expensive models take on the most popular electric car in the world: the Tesla Model 3. Those are all regular hatchbacks and saloons, but there are SUV alternatives to consider, too, such as the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro.
The ID.3 is so important to Volkswagen’s future that the 3 in its name represents its position as the third major Volkswagen launch of all time, after the inaugural Beetle and ever-popular Golf.
Speaking of the Beetle, the ID.3 has something rather crucial in common with the original Volkswagen; its ‘engine’, which of course is an electric motor, sits at the back driving the rear wheels. That, and the fact that the ID.3’s battery sits underneath the floor for a low centre of gravity, should help its cornering prowess.
Whether you’re looking to make the swap to electric for the first time, or you already own an electric car and are looking to renew it, read on for our in-depth account of the Volkswagen ID.3.
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