2020 Volkswagen ID.3: Prices, safety, specs and everything you need to know

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Full specs and list prices for the all-electric Volkswagen ID.3 have finally been revealed, with entry-level models getting a list price of less than £30,000.

It has also just been awarded five stars by safety experts Euro NCAP. Here’s everything you need to know about the new ID.3.

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Styling

We’ve known what the ID.3 looks like for a while now, with the EV characterised by a look not at all dissimilar to the original concept. Dimensionally, it’s almost exactly the same length and width of a Golf, although it’s 60mm taller.

Unlike some EVs, the styling is rather conservative. Up front, the bonnet incorporates a set of high-riding headlights and thin vertical grille that includes the famed VW badge. This strip and insignia can be illuminated as an optional extra.

Volkswagen ID.3 side

The lack of an engine up the front means there’s no need for a large grille and also means the front of the car is rather short – no doubt boosting interior space. Another way of creating a more spacious interior has been to move the wheels right to the outer edges of the vehicle, giving the ID.3 quite a unique stance.

Glass takes up a good proportion of space at the sides and runs into the chunky C-pillar. At the back, there’s a set of wraparound taillights which, like the headlights, use power-saving LED bulbs as standard. There’s a large spoiler at the rear, while a sleep one-piece bumper seems to flow naturally into the boot lid.

Volkswagen ID.3 interior

Interior

As is the norm with the newest electric vehicles, the ID.3’s cabin and dashboard is dominated by tech. Ahead of the driver, you’ll find n iPad-like driver display that includes key information such as speed, range, driver aid warnings and satnav directions.

A 3D heads-up display is available as an option as part of the Infotainment Plus pack, which displays this information in the driver’s line of vision too.

Volkswagen ID.3 space

The centre console features a 10in infotainment screen (part of the infotainment pack that’s standard across the range). This is tilted slightly towards the driver and provides the controls for satnav, climate control and phone connectivity. In fact, pretty much everything is controlled via the touchscreen. The only physical buttons are on the steering wheel.

Specs and packs

Until now, only the First Edition (pictured below) has been available to order.

VW has now unveiled the full range, with entry-level Life models getting an attractive price of £29,990 (after the plug-in car grant is taken into account). Standard equipment includes 18in alloy wheels, lane-keep assist, parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and LED headlights.

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A total of seven trim levels are available: Life, Business, Family, Style, Tech, Max and Tour. Within the trim levels, several combinations of upgraded packs will also be available. The range-topping Tour model gets a list price of £39,290.

As for the packs, they are made up of the Design pack, infotainment pack, comfort pack, assistance pack and sport pack. The design pack adds LED rear taillights and ambient lighting. A pan sunroof is available within the Design Plus pack.

Volkswagen ID.3 rear

The infotainment pack is standard across the range, although if you opt for the Infotainment Plus optional extra, you’ll get the heads-up display and an upgraded stereo system. Again, the Comfort pack is standard on all ID.3s and includes a heated steering wheel and heated seats. The optional Comfort Plus adds an adjustable boot floor and twin-zone air conditioning.

The ID.3’s Assistance pack includes keyless entry, a reversing camera, backlit door handles, while Assistance Plus adds a blind-spot warning alert. The Sport pack is an optional extra on all trim levels, and won’t be available at launch. It’ll come with a sportier suspension system along with some sportier trim pieces.

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Drivetrain and batteries

Two batteries are available – a 58kWh and a 77kWh pack. The former is standard on Life, Business, Family, Style and Max models, meaning the electric motor produces around 200hp and will get from 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds. It’s also capable of up to 260 miles between charges. These models can receive an 80% charge in just 35 minutes using a 100kW charger.

Interestingly, the more powerful battery is actually slightly slower to 62mph (7.9 seconds) although it will up range to around 336 miles. It is standard on the Tour trim level. This pack can be charged via a 125kW charger to up range to 80% in under 40 minutes.

VW is promising its hallmark reliability and dependability with the ID.3, promising that the batteries will retain at least 70% of their performance for up to 8 years (or 100,000 miles).

Safety

The ID.3 has received top marks from in Euro NCAP tests, achieving the maximum five-star score. For the first time in a Volkswagen, a feature known as a centre airbag for the front seats is also installed in the ID.3. It prevents possible head contact between the driver and front passenger in the event of a side collision, for example.

With the five-star rating, the ID.3 continues Volkswagen's successful run in the Euro NCAP – the new Golf and the T-Cross recently achieved the highest ratings as well.

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When can I get one?

Order books for the new range open later this month, with the ID.3 aiming to go head to head with cars like the Tesla Model 3 and the Kia e-Niro.

We’ll bring you leasing plans on the ID.3 as soon as they’re available. In the meantime, you can read more about VW’s ID range here.

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