Cars Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback

18:22  11 june  2020
18:22  11 june  2020 Source:   carbuyer.co.uk

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The Volkswagen ID.3 has arrived, marking the start of a new era for the German brand. It's the first model based on VW’s multi-billion pound MEB electric car building blocks and is Golf-sized, making it the Nissan Leaf's biggest rival for domination of the mass electric car market.

It certainly looks different to the Golf, ushering in a new design language for the ID electric car sub-brand. Designers have taken full advantage of the low position of the battery and compact rear-mounted electric motor: it has a short bonnet and the wheels are pushed out to each corner, giving the ID.3 interior space on a par with the Passat.

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The Volkswagen ID . 3 that debuted ahead of the IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt looks like a compact hatchback . And it is. But inside, customers might feel like they’re sitting in a bigger car, thanks to how engineers and designers took advantage of the electric architecture. Without having to contend with an internal combustion engine, there was more room to play around with. A high-voltage flat battery is in the underbody to save space, as well as auxiliary units, such as air conditioning compressor or steering rack, that have been integrated into the vehicle front end.

Inside, the use of digital technology makes even the Mk8 Golf look conservative, with buttons eradicated almost entirely. Instead there's a floating centre screen and a tablet-style instrument pod, so it's almost as minimal as the Tesla Model 3. Glowing ambient lighting responds to voice commands and flashes to offer directions and alerts for incoming calls or hazards. A gear selector for drive and reverse takes the form of a rocker switch behind the steering wheel, freeing up storage space between the front passengers. It's Volkswagen's most radical change to the human-machine interface in a generation, but if you ignore the bells and whistles, you’ll notice quality seems to have suffered; there are less soft-touch materials, replaced in most instances by hard grey plastic.

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Earlier today, Volkswagen held a press conference and livestream in preparation for the launch of the new all-electric ID . 3 hatchback . Although we didn’t learn very much new information, VW came across as very serious, and one or two interesting points stood out to me. Reservations are open now (at least, in some European markets). These are for the initial 30,000 customers of the “ ID . 3 1st” launch editions.

Volkswagen ID . 3 might sound like a new Star Wars character involving some blatant product placement, but it’s a car. A very important car, actually: Volkswagen ’s first electric car based on a bespoke electric car platform. It replaced the previous e-Golf as the family-sized choice for those with a green conscience. There are three battery sizes to choose from, providing varying performance and range to suit your needs. There’s quite a disparity between them and the knock-on effect is quite a price jump between the cheapest and most expensive ID . 3 .

Three battery options will be offered for the ID.3, allowing drivers to pick one that suits their daily routine and budget. With a 45, 58 or 77kWh capacity, they span a driving range from 205 miles to 341 miles, so even the entry-level model can go further than a Hyundai Ioniq Electric. At first, power is 201bhp using a single rear motor, powering the back wheels, but dual-motor, four-wheel-drive versions are expected later, along with a cheaper, less powerful model.

Acceleration is impressively brisk, thanks to an instant response and 310Nm of torque, putting the Leaf and Renault ZOE in the shade. Around town and away from traffic lights, not much will keep up. Charging is similarly speedy, with 125kW fast-charging filling the battery pack to 80% in around half an hour. Despite weighing more than a Golf, the ID.3's low centre of gravity also makes it remarkably agile, beating the petrol or diesel hatchback in this regard. A tight turning circle is also an unexpected bonus of the extra space under the bonnet, giving the ID.3 an advantage in city streets and car parks.

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The Volkswagen ID . 3 is an accomplished all-electric family hatchback . It gets the basics right with competitive pricing, desirable looks and great levels of comfort - all wrapped up in a practical package with a usable, real-world range. On-board tech is also a plus point, but the touch-sensitive infotainment screen The five-door hatchback is the German car maker’s first battery-electric model from what is to be a family of ID -badged cars and VW hopes that it can become an automotive icon like the original Beetle and Golf before it. The iconic style and practicality of the Golf has set the standard for premium

Volkswagen ID . 3 electric hatchback revealed at Frankfurt Motor Show. It's the size of a Golf with three battery sizes offering ranges from 205 to 341 miles. There are a couple of key exterior design highlights, including LED headlight units that feature a nifty light bar across the middle. Being matrix LED headlights, they adapt to reduce glare for oncoming traffic, but VW also uses the LEDs to create a "fluttering of the eyelids" when the driver approaches.

The long-awaited ID.3 appears very impressive on first acquaintance, with strong performance, a decent electric range and sharp styling. It will cater to a slightly different market than the Tesla Model 3, instead feeling rather like the Golf of the future. It's a shame the interior quality is slightly underwhelming but the ID.3 should appeal to a broad range of buyers.

5 / 5

A range of battery sizes caters to different customers

Buyers will be able to choose the ID.3 with three different battery sizes to suit their needs and budget. These measure 45kWh, 58kWh and 77kWh and the resulting effect on range means the entry-level model can manage around 205 miles, the 58kWh model will do around 261 miles and the range-topper can travel up to 341 miles.

While more range is clearly better, even the smallest (the 45kWh) in the ID.3 surpasses the Hyundai Ioniq Electric and standard Nissan Leaf, so shouldn't be sniffed at. If you plan on charging your ID.3 fairly regularly at home and don't often take long trips around the country, it’s likely to be adequate. The cheapest Tesla Model 3 offers 254 miles of range.

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When you do head further afield, the ID.3 accepts 100kW fast-charging, so the battery can be topped up to 80% in the time it takes to eat a snack and drink a coffee.

4 / 5

At launch, Volkswagen is offering a simplified range, offering just a 201bhp rear-mounted electric motor powering the rear wheels. Eventually there will also be versions of the ID.3 with an extra front-mounted motor, giving the ID.3 four-wheel drive. With instantaneous torque, the ID.3 feels genuinely quick away from the lights, not only outpacing the Leaf and ZOE, but even making for an interesting comparison with a conventionally powered Golf GTI. The ID.3 races from 0-37mph in just 3.5 seconds, aided by uncanny traction and the absence of gearchanges.

Braking feels more natural than in many rivals we've tried. Selecting 'B-Mode' adds some braking effect from the electric motor as it harvests energy, but nowhere near as much as the 'one-pedal driving' offered by the Leaf and Model 3. Press the brake pedal, though, and it will use regeneration to slow the car before the disc brakes take over.

Despite being taller and almost one third heavier than a Golf, the ID.3 fights back with a lower centre of gravity thanks to its low-slung electric powertrain. And, in an impressive feat of chassis tuning, Volkswagen's engineers have been able to make it feel more agile and lighter on its feet than the Golf. That's with standard suspension too; the DCC equipped ID.3 with adjustable dampers is still in the works. An ideal balance helps, afforded by being able to position the heavy battery back centrally in the car, while progressive steering sharpens up as you turn the wheel.

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With no engine dominating the nose of the car, Volkswagen has also been able to increase the steering angle of the front wheels, giving the ID.3 a smaller turning circle that makes previously unthinkable maneuvers possible.

It may not be as quick as a Tesla but the ID.3 has the acceleration to worry a Golf GTI

3.5 / 5

While the all-digital interior in the Mk8 Volkswagen Golf may have taken a few loyal customers by surprise, the ID.3 will blow their socks off. There are even fewer physical controls, and its digital screens are even more prominent. The touchscreen infotainment takes centre stage, like it does in the Model 3, and appears to float in front of the dashboard.

Meanwhile, the instrument display sits like a tablet behind the steering wheel. Like the BMW i3, the gear selector sprouts from the instrument pod, which may take a bit of getting used to, but is only needed to select drive, reverse and park. A swathe of lighting beneath the windscreen changes colours to interact with the driver, glowing white when 'listening' to voice commands, giving directions in blue, warnings in red and showing an incoming call by turning green.

The futuristic approach is little surprise - this is the car that represents a new era for Volkswagen after all - but the drop in quality is more of a shock. Soft-touch materials are sparse, replaced with lots of grey and scratchy plastic that seems a big backwards step for a brand that made its name on quality. Electric cars are expensive to produce and we can only imagine this has made margins painfully tight.

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Only the 1st Edition Plus trim level with a 58kWh battery will be offered initially, with quite a hefty price tag of just under £40,000, but lower trims will arrive in due course costing closer to £27,000 - a price similar to a mid-range Golf. The 1st Edition Plus has sat nav, climate control, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a rear-view camera, 19-inch alloy wheels and 100kW rapid charging.

The Volkswagen ID.3 is certainly futuristic but material quality has suffered

4 / 5

As the very first in a new wave of MEB-platform electric cars, the ID.3 is something of a pioneer. Hopefully this won't mean it proves unreliable, but any issues should at least be covered by Volkswagen's three-year warranty. We anticipate that the electric powertrain should be very robust, with the potential to be far more reliable than a combustion-engined car. Teething problems are likely to lie with software and electrics, and we know the ID.3 launch has been delayed while Volkswagen battled software bugs.

While it might only be Golf-sized, many will see the ID.3 as a flagship for VW's latest technology, and that extends to its safety kit. Features like autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection are fitted, and we'd be surprised if the ID.3 scored any less than five stars when it's scrutinised by Euro NCAP. Volkswagen isn't offering anything to compete with Tesla's Autopilot system just yet, but we do know it is working on autonomous driving technology, so this could be introduced for the ID.3 later.

Here's hoping the Volkswagen ID.3 sets a new bar for reliability, and doesn't suffer from too many bugs

4 / 5

Its compact EV powertrain allows more space for passengers to spread out

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The ID.3 is the first model based on the new and hugely expensive MEB all-electric platform, set to spawn countless EVs for Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT and Skoda. This clean-sheet design has allowed VW to reinvent how a car is structured, taking full advantage of compact electric motors, low-slung battery packs and the lack of need for a transmission tunnel. Overall it's 20mm shorter than a Golf, but the distance between its front and rear axles is 13cm bigger, maximising interior space and particularly back seat legroom.

It all adds up to a car that feels like a Polo in town, looks like a Golf from outside and feels like a Passat for passengers. The lack of a central tunnel makes the car feel wider, and despite the rear-mounted motor, the ID.3 still trumps the Golf for boot space, with 385 litres versus 380 litres. As such, Volkswagen didn't see the need to fit a 'frunk' to match Tesla, instead using the space under the bonnet to house the air conditioning system.

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