Volkswagen is about to open the order books for seven new ID.3 variants following the arrival of the limited-production ID.3 1st Edition a few weeks ago. The most significant news is that the lowest trim will cost just £29,990 including the £3,000 plug-in car grant.
Six of these models will be equipped with the usual 58 kWh battery (net capacity) and a 204 PS motor. But the Tour version will mount a bigger 77 kWh battery with an increased range of 336 miles instead of 258-263 miles like the rest of the variants.
The six option levels are Life, Style, Business, Family, Tech and Max. Each of these trim types comes with a pre-configured specification, built with a variety of option packages designed to suit different customer needs. This approach also enables the carbon-neutral factory in Zwickau, Germany, to build the cars faster.
All seven ID.3 models will feature LED headlights, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Assist, Car2X, Natural Voice Control, parking sensors front and rear, and wheels no smaller than 18 inches in diameter. In addition, they all receive navigation with 10-inch touch screen, keyless start, Driver Profile Selection, climate control, interior alarm and the innovative ID.Light function.
While the specification is fixed on each ID.3 model, customers can choose from six exterior colours, three interior colour combinations, a number of wheel options and a list of extras including a heat pump, as well as various accessories such as a rear-mounted bike carrier.
Order books will open on 22 October and the first examples of these new ID.3 models are expected to arrive by the end of the month.
The company believes that being able to offer a below-£30,000 variant will be helpful to tempt more customers to switch from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles, according to Tim O’Donovan, EV Product Marketing Manager at Volkswagen UK.
“We are over the moon to be able to offer an ID.3 in the UK for under £30,000 so soon after the initial launch,” he said. “The ID.3 Life represents an affordable way for many people to take the leap into emission-free motoring. We’ve been working hard to make the switch to electric as simple as possible too.”
|ID.3 Pro Performance specifications (58 kWh and 204 PS)|
|Model||Price1||0-62 mph||Range (WLTP, combined)||Energy consumption (WLTP)|
|Life||£29,990||7.3 sec||263 miles||4.2 miles/kWh|
|Business||£33,720||7.3 sec||262 miles||4.2 miles/kWh|
|Family||£34,650||7.3 sec||260 miles||4.2 miles/kWh|
|Style||£34,180||7.3 sec||261 miles||4.2 miles/kWh|
|Tech||£36,190||7.3 sec||260 miles||4.2 miles/kWh|
|Max||£38,220||7.3 sec||258 miles||4.2 miles/kWh|
|ID.3 Pro S specifications (77 kWh and 204 PS)|
|Tour||£39,290||7.9 sec||336 miles||4.1 miles/kWh|
1Including £3,000 government plug-in grant