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Volkswagen ID.3 review

The walkthrough

Hi, I’m Henry here in sunny Marlow with DriveElectric and today I’m going to be talking to you about the new Volkswagen ID.3, meaning it is the third generation of Volkswagen vehicles. The first being the Beatle and then the Golf and now we have Volkswagen’s all-new range of pure electric cars, the ID range of that. This is the 1st edition ID.3 Pro Performance with the 62 kWh battery, which means that you’ll get 58 kWh of usable battery contributing to 215 miles of real-world range. If you come with me now, I’m going to take you around the outside of the car and show you a little bit of the spec.

Volkswagen ID.3 Exterior

Now, one of the very first things that you notice on this 1st edition ID.2 is the 19-inch alloy wheels, which really set it apart from the competitors in the market. There are not many electric cars these days that have alloy wheels. On the front, you have the led headlights that shine that much brighter than halogen, lighting your way a lot more effectively at night. You’ve also got the sidelight lighting strip across the middle.

The sensors do more than just help you park there and actually gauge the distance between the driver in front and your own vehicle whilst driving for the adaptive cruise control, making it a lot easier to drive on motorways and dual carriageways at those higher speeds where everyone’s constantly accelerating and decelerating. You follow me around the back, I’ll show you the rest of the car.

Charging the VW ID.3

You have the charging flap located in the normal position where you would have your fuel flap. If you pop it open with a push, you have the type two charger there, which is great for charging up at home and at slightly slower speeds. Underneath you have the extra plug for your CCS, and that will allow you to charge up to 100kW and just 30 minutes to charge your battery 80% if you find one at a local charging station.

Volkswagen ID.3 interior features

We move on to the interior of the vehicle. Now on the dual handle here, you’ll notice there’s a small notch, which indicates keyless entry. So gone are the days of having to rummage through your pockets for your key fob. Plus you have hands full of shopping, you now simply apply a little bit of pressure to the door handle whilst you have the keys on your person and the car will lock and unlock itself accordingly.

So on the 1st edition, you have this rather vibrant white and orange interior, but standard grey upholstery and dashboard is available as well on the Style, Life and Business trim levels. You also have the iconic Play and Pause on the steel pedals down there.

I’ll show you around the rest of the spec on the inside. So now that we’re inside you’ll notice that it’s actually quite a spacious interior, after all this vehicle is aimed at the market to be the German brands first premium family size vehicle, that’s also affordable.  You have plenty of leg room in both the front and the back. The gears are no longer located in the middle of the vehicle, instead, they’re up just above the steering column just as they are on the BMW i3. So it’s a change between gears. You simply give that a little twist. As they’re in the center console, you have plenty of room here for extra storage compartments, as well as an armrest for both driver and the front passenger on the steering wheel.

You’ll notice you have the normal mounted controls of a multifunction steering wheel cruise control on the left and your Bluetooth and media on the right, along with full voice commands as well. In the middle, you have a touch screen sat-nav which comes in handy for finding charging points when you’re out and about as well as Bluetooth and your media control for Apple CarPlay and Android auto and heated seats, which are great for those cold winter mornings, heating your bum instead of the entire cockpit of the car is a lot more efficient on the battery and we’ll help you squeeze every last mile of range out of the vehicle.

If you follow me I’ll show you around the rest of the vehicle as it has quite a few interesting features moving onto the back seats of the car, there’s plenty of room. As you can see, plenty of leg room, you also have handy device charging points down here for USB connections, electric windows and tints on the rear glass, and also a very handy arm rest in the middle complete with cup holders. Moving on to the rear of the vehicle. I think you’ll agree that the, uh, rear end is really quite nicely styled just like that of the Volkswagen Golf. These lights are actually customizable on the first edition from the centre console. You can change the way that the lights appear and also the way that your indicators blink the boot itself is quite spacious, making it practical as a family vehicle as well. And you’ve got a parking camera on the back for getting into those tight spaces. So let’s go for a quick drive.

Driving the Volkswagen ID.3

So here we have the different modes that the car has available for driving styles, you have Sport mode, which will make the throttle really responsive and increase the acceleration rate of the car. You have Eco mode, which will dampen down the throttle and improve the regenerative braking so that you can squeeze every last mile out to the battery. And you have Comfort, which is somewhere in between. Last but not least is Individual, which will record and store all of your own personal preferences, when it comes to the driving capabilities of the car, making it really personal driving mode.

And off we go, driving the Volkswagen ID.3 is a real pleasure for those of you who enjoy a little bit of power. It will do 0 to 60, just over seven seconds. And it has a small turning circle as well, which makes it very handy for navigating those public car parks. In the centre here you obviously have your sat-nav, but you can also amend the interior ambient lighting to fit your mood. The suspension itself is also from yet comfortable making it all around a really nice family car. You have combined plenty of space and practicality from the range. I think I’d recommend this car to almost anyone.

Choose your ID.3

VolkswagenID.3Hatchback

Volkswagen ID.3 107kW Life Pro 58kWh 5dr Auto

  • £3,154 Initial rental (inc. VAT)
  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£350 Personal contract hire per month (inc. VAT)
  • £2,628 Initial rental (ex. VAT)
  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£292 Business contract hire per month (ex. VAT)
VolkswagenID.3Hatchback

Volkswagen ID.3 110kW Life Pure Performance 45kWh 5dr Auto

  • £2,948 Initial rental (inc. VAT)
  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£328 Personal contract hire per month (inc. VAT)
  • £2,457 Initial rental (ex. VAT)
  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£273 Business contract hire per month (ex. VAT)
VolkswagenID.3Hatchback

Volkswagen ID.3 150kW Life Pro Performance 58kWh 5dr Auto

  • £3,359 Initial rental (inc. VAT)
  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£373 Personal contract hire per month (inc. VAT)
  • £2,799 Initial rental (ex. VAT)
  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£311 Business contract hire per month (ex. VAT)
Volkswagen ID.3 electric car in white

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