New entry-level Volkswagen ID.3 trim launches with 217-mile range

Published 15 April 2021

A brand-new, entry-level Volkswagen ID.3 trim, named City, has launched. Priced at £28,370 after the Government’s £2500 plug-in vehicle grant has been applied, it’ll have an official electric range of 217 miles.

Equipped with the Pure Performance powertrain, which is differentiated by its lighter 45kWh battery, 150PS power output and 310Nm of torque, the electric hatchback will fully charge in seven and a half hours from a typical 7.2kW home charging unit.

In fact, two trims – entry-level City and design-focused Style – become available with the new Pure Performance powertrain, in addition to the Pro, Pro Performance and Pro S versions already on sale in the UK.

Both specifications can regain up to 137 miles of range from a 100kW rapid charger in 30 minutes. On the WLTP combined cycle, the ID.3 City Pure Performance can return up to 217 miles from a single charge, while the Style Pure Performance can return as much as 215 miles.

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Despite being the base-spec model, the City trim comes with a reasonable amount of kit — including a 10-inch infotainment screen with voice control and wireless app connectivity. Safety systems include lane keeping assist, forward collision warning and pedestrian protection.

Also included as standard is a Comfort Package — which encompasses the likes of heated front seats and steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers and an auto-dimming rear mirror, two rear USB-C ports and door mirrors with electric adjustment and integrated projection lights.

The ID.3 Style adds design-focused elements to the basic package. These include 18-inch alloy wheels, LED matrix headlights, tinted windows and 30-colour ambient lighting. A variable boot floor, keyless entry and two-zone climate control are also included.

The Style model costs £32,470 after the Government grant has been applied.

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modena    on 16 April 2021

Ugly, ,dumpy looking thing, doesn't appeal to me. Why can't they make elec cars look appealing ?

Paul Chapman    on 16 April 2021

Great for local driving or moderate commuting. but fail to see how at the moment you could use this car for holidays or long distance travel until charging points are as common as petrol stations. Also the huge extra cost compared to non electric is unbelievable.

jchinuk    on 16 April 2021

The UK now has twice as many electric vehicle (EV) charging points as petrol stations, according to new government figures. Data released nearly a year ago by the Department for Transport (DfT) showed almost 18,000 electric car charging points are now dotted around the UK.
Maintenance costs are a lot lower than ICE cars.

On the ID.3, it seems odd to include heated seats as standard, surely a waste of electricity?

conman    on 19 April 2021

Hello reading your article have you seen any YouTube articles about the standard of many chargers in the UK, many have problems charging also some are charging up to 89p per unit.

Please see some YouTube articles by EVM he asked some EV owners about their servicing costs one came back and was charged £700 for changing the battery cooling fluid (anti freeze) on a Kia model.

I'm not having a go at EV vehicles I hope to own one, one day but at the moment I can't afford one.

conman    on 19 April 2021

They give you heated seats to save on battery life, heated seats keep you warm but use far less battery life than the heater.
Unless the keyless entry is of a sufficient standard all I would predict EV vehicles stand a good chance of being stolen. The thieves are already stealing Catalytic converters I wonder what they would think of batteries costing anything between £8,000 to £15000+ that are held in place with a few bolts.

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