Cheaper Volkswagen ID.3 announced with sub-£30,000 price tag

Published 14 October 2020

The Volkswagen ID.3 range is set to be expanded with a host of new models and prices ranging from £29,990 to £39,290. Orders for the updated line-up are set to open next week with deliveries from later in the month.

Rivalling cars like the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model 3, the Volkswagen ID.3 is initially offered with two sizes of battery packs: 58kWh and 77kWh, capable of travelling up to 263 and 336 miles on a charge respectively. A more affordable model with a 45kWh battery and a range of around 205 miles will go on sale next year.

The mid-range 58kWh battery (badged the Pro Performance and paired with a 204PS electric motor) is available with six different trim levels: Life, Style, Business, Family, Tech and Max. At the top of the range, meanwhile, the 77kWh ID.3 Pro S will only be sold in Tour specification.

Standard equipment across the ID.3 range includes a 10-inch navigation system, parking sensors (front and rear) and wheels at least 18-inch in diameter. All ID.3s are capable of receiving over-the-air software updates. Early in 2021, a free software update will enable wireless smartphone charging and App Connect (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) in all ID.3 models.

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In order to speed up production (electric car buyers traditionally face long waiting lists), buyers can’t select individual options but are offered a plethora of trim levels, each available with a variety of different option packs. These are identified as Design, Infotainment, Comfort, Assistance and Sport - while each are available with an additional ‘Plus’ version.

Highlights of the Design package includes LED matrix headlights, LED rear lights and interior ambient lighting (with 30 selectable colours). Tinted rear windows are also standard, while the Plus specification adds a large panoramic glass sunroof.

All seven models feature the Infotainment pack, with the 10-inch Discover Pro navigation system as standard. Two mobile devices can be connected via Bluetooth, while there are also two front USB- C sockets. DAB radio features as standard, while the Plus model adds an upgraded media system with subwoofer and the augmented-reality head-up display.

The Comfort package also appears on all seven models and features electrically-folding door mirrors and an automatically-dimming rear-view mirror and rain sensor. Two USB-C ports are fitted in the rear of the car while heated seats and a heated steering wheel are fitted up front. ‘Plus’ adds two-zone climate control and a variable boot floor.

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With the Assistance package comes a rear-view camera, keyless entry, and illuminated door handles. ‘Plus’ specification adds Travel Assist, Side Assist and Emergency Assist.

Finally, the Sport package brings with it progressive steering and sports suspension. The ‘Plus’ version will be available at a later date and adds Dynamic Chassis Control.

The lowest-priced ID.3 Life model costs £29,990 (after the £3000 plug-in car grant) and has two packages included: Infotainment and Comfort. It features cloth seats with integrated armrests and the interior is available solely in black. The ID.3 Business costs £33,720 and features four packages: Design, Infotainment, Comfort and Assistance.

Next up is the ID.3 Family costing £34,650, which adds to the Business specification with Design ‘Plus’, Infotainment, Comfort ‘Plus’ and Assistance packages. The ID.3 Style starts from £34,180 and focuses on aesthetics with three packages as standard: Design ‘Plus’, Infotainment and Comfort.

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The ID.3 Tech (£36,190) majors on the latest advanced technology available for the ID.3 and has the Design ‘Plus’, Infotainment ‘Plus’, Comfort and Assistance ‘Plus’ packages. As the name suggests, the ID.3 Max is highly specified, with ‘Plus’ versions of the Design, Infotainment, Comfort and Assistance packages, it is priced at £38,220. It also introduces the Sport package with progressive steering and sports suspension. 

Finally the ID.3 Tour, based on the Pro S with the bigger 77kWh battery, costs £39,290 and carries the Design package and three ‘Plus’ packages: Infotainment, Comfort and Assistance.

All ID.3s, with the exception of the Tour model, ride on 18-inch ‘Aero’ steel wheels. A choice of 18-, 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels are also available, while the ID.3 Tour sits on 19-inch alloys as standard.

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.


   on 15 October 2020

Excuse my cynicism, sub £30k to sub £40k by the end of the review.

Might be cheaper to hire a Taxi when one needs to leave the house and break curfew.

Not sure I can afford 18" rubber either.

Can still get 700 miles out of my Golf TDI's 55 litre tank, although I note that the MK7 Golf lost 5 litres in tank capacity and the MK8 another 5, so that must make the Electric ID3 range closer to the MK8 by magic..!


conman    on 17 October 2020

I know this is a100% electric car.

But manufacturers are putting out Plug-In Hybrids No Greener, Or Even Worse, Than ICE Models, Study Finds BY Sergiu Tudose | Posted on October 17, 2020 13 According to a recent study, most plug-in hybrid models aren’t more environmentally friendly than their regular combustion engine counterparts due to their limited all-electric range. Furthermore, if PHEVs aren’t regularly charged, their CO2 emissions can actually be worse than those of a conventional gasoline or diesel model. The study concludes with German researchers saying that regulators and governments must stop giving PHEVs excessively beneficial treatments. While such a conclusion only serves as ammunition for critics of the technology, German premium carmakers in particular have embraced plug-in hybrid systems as an effective way to reduce CO2 emissions.

Just incase, I know this is a 100% electric car but at present seeing that 40% of our electricity is produce by non green methods there is still Co2 produced when running an electric car.

Edited by conman on 17/10/2020 at 17:16

Don1988    6 days ago

I've got the MK7 1.4 (2013 reg) and on a long cruise down to Engelberg in Switzerland from Kent the low fuel warning light came on after 603 miles.

Mind you I kept to around 65 on the motorway and had to sometimes keep to 56 on some A roads.

Still I was in no hurry and reaching my destination on a tank was good news.

AQ    5 days ago

Don't forget the emissions created in the manufacture of cars, not to mention some of the unethical practices deployed in the mining of lithium for the batteries. We still don't have anything like an adequate charging infrastructure. So hold on to anything that gives you 60 mpg or more in real terms.

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