2021 VW ID.3 electric car on sale now: UK prices and specs revealed

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
October 27, 2020

Official prices and specs for the new Volkswagen ID.3 electric car have been announced. Read on for full details.

  • ID.3 prices confirmed
  • On sale now
  • Costs from less than £30,000
  • Seven different models
  • Five optional upgrade packs
  • Two battery sizes
  • 260- to 336-mile range
  • 100kW/125kW fast charging
Entry-level cars cost from less than £30,000.

Volkswagen ID.3 price and specs

The new Volkswagen ID.3 range kicks off with the ‘Life’ model that’ll set you back from £29,990 (including the £3,000 Government plug-in car grant).

Every new VW ID.3 comes with LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, lane-keeping assist and alloy wheels at least 18 inches in diameter. Wireless software updates are also standard on all ID.3s, which means you won’t have to visit a dealer for the latest software upgrades. For example, VW will automatically update all ID.3s sold in 2020 with Apple and Android smartphone mirroring and wireless charging in early 2021.

There are five different upgrade packs available for the ID.3.

There are five different optional upgrade packages available for the VW ID.3: Design, Infotainment, Comfort, Assistance and Sport – each of which is available with a bit of extra kit as part of an optional ‘Plus’ pack.

Design pack
The VW ID.3 Design pack adds automatic matrix LED headlights, LED rear lights and interior ambient lighting. Design Plus includes a panoramic glass roof.

Infotainment pack
The Infotainment pack comes as standard on every VW ID.3. It includes a 10-inch central touchscreen with built-in sat nav and speed limit detection, two USB-C sockets in the front and Bluetooth pairing for two devices at once. The Infotainment Plus option gets you a head-up display system and a subwoofer for the stereo.

Interior upgrades come as part of the Design-, Infotainment- and Comfort-Plus packs.

Comfort pack
The Comfort pack is also standard on every ID.3 sold in the UK. It includes a heated steering wheel and heated seats in the front, two USB-C ports in the back and heated wing mirrors. Comfort Plus adds an adjustable-height boot floor and dual-zone climate control.

Assistance pack
The VW ID.3 Assistance pack nets you a reversing camera, keyless entry and light-up door handles, while Assistance Plus includes additional blind-spot warning systems to help you spot cars in other lanes on motorways.

An optional Sport Plus pack with adaptive suspension will be along in 2021. 

Sport pack
Finally, the Sport pack comes with stiffer sports suspension. Sport Plus isn’t available yet, but when it arrives (likely early next year) it’ll come with adaptive suspension that lets you switch between firm, sporty settings and softer, more comfortable ones.

Unfortunately, you can’t just pick and choose which packs you want. Instead, you can choose from seven pre-set models that each include a different combination of upgrade packs, as shown below. The prices are VW’s recommended retail price and include the Government’s £3,000 plug-in car grant.

Model Packs included Price (RRP)
Volkswagen ID.3 Life Infotainment,
Comfort
£29,990
Volkswagen ID.3 Business Design,
Infotainment,
Comfort,
Assistance
£33,720
Volkswagen ID.3 Family Design Plus,
Infotainment,
Comfort Plus,
Assistance
£34,650
Volkswagen ID.3 Style Design Plus,
Infotainment,
Comfort Plus,
Assistance
£34,180
Volkswagen ID.3 Tech Design Plus,
Infotainment Plus,
Comfort,
Assistance Plus
£36,190
Volkswagen ID.3 Max Design Plus,
Infotainment Plus,
Comfort Plus,
Assistance Plus, Sport Plus
£38,220
Volkswagen ID.3 Tour Design,
Infotainment Plus,
Comfort Plus,
Assistance Plus
£39,290
Every VW ID.3 comes with a 204hp electric motor. 

VW ID.3 batteries and range

There are also two battery types for you to choose between. The Life, Business, Family, Style and Max models come with the ‘Pro Performance’ specification, which includes a 58kWh battery and a 204hp electric motor. This means they’ll all return around 260 miles of range and reach 60mph from rest in 7.3 seconds. That’s slower than a Volkswagen Golf GTI, but faster than most standard VW Golfs.

The VW ID.3 Tour gets Volkswagen’s ‘Pro Performance S’ spec, which adds a beefier 77kWh battery. It’s a little heavier so the 0-60mph sprint takes 7.9 seconds – 0.6 seconds longer than the versions with a 58kWh battery – but it offers an impressive 336-mile range.

What happens when you drive a VW ID.3 until the batteries are completely empty? Watch our video below to find out.

The 58kWh models can be charged from empty to 80% full in 35 minutes using a 100kW DC charger, while 77kWh models can use a 125kW charger to up their range by the same percentage in 38 minutes. This means a half-hour charge can add up to 180 miles of range to 58kWh cars and 217 miles of range to 77kWh models (if you use the fastest public charging points available).

In ‘Tour’ trim, the VW ID.3 has a 336-mile range. 

Whichever model you choose, you’ll be able to give the ID.3 a full charge overnight or over the course of a working day using a 11kWh wall charger. According to VW, 70% of the time, this is exactly what you’ll do.

You’ll also have access to 100kW and 125kW IONITY chargers, although the company currently only has two sites in the UK. VW plans to build 36,000 additional charging points around Europe by 2025, including 3,000 at VW dealerships, and it guarantees that the ID.3 will maintain a 70% battery capacity after eight years and 100,000 miles.

Not needing to cool a petrol engine means the ID.3 does away with a conventional grille.

2020 Volkswagen ID.3 styling

VW has resisted the temptation to give the ID.3 the kind of polarising styling that’s put some buyers off getting alternatives like the BMW i3. It has the look of a stylish MPV (or people carrier) that has shrunk in a hot wash, thanks to its stubby nose, swept-back windscreen, van-like straight roofline and flat boot lid.

That short bonnet is only possible because the VW’s single electric motor is mounted at the back, driving the rear wheels. And because there’s no engine, there’s also no radiator and so no need for a big front grille to cool it. In its place, the ID.3 gets a flush plastic panel a pair of high-tech headlights and an optional LED strip that runs across the front of the car.

A large glass bootlid dominates the rear of the VW ID.3.

Other notable features are the car’s tall flanks, which help make space under the floor for the ID.3’s batteries. You’ll also notice its vast windows, which give you excellent visibility when driving and make the car feel light and airy inside.

At the rear, you’ll spot brake lights that wrap around to the back of the car. Like the headlights, they use power-saving LEDs that never need changing – unlike conventional bulbs. There’s a large spoiler fitted above the rear window that boosts the ID.3’s range by helping it slip smoothly through the air when you’re driving.

The VW ID.3 is one of the smallest electric cars out there.

2020 Volkswagen ID.3 dimensions

The ID.3 is 4261mm long, 1809mm wide and 1552mm high, which means it’s 3mm longer, 10mm wider and 60mm taller than a Golf. Thanks to its batteries, it’s about 200kg heavier than a Golf, too, and boot space is between 416 and 541 litres – again a bit bigger than a Golf’s. The ID.3’s turning circle is 10.2m, which beats both the Golf and the even dinkier Polo.

Taking pride of place in the VW ID.3’s cabin is a huge infotainment screen.

2020 Volkswagen ID.3 interior

One of the first things you’ll notice about the Volkswagen ID.3’s interior is the two large infotainment screens. First up is a digital driver’s display that replaces old-fashioned analogue dials. You can upgrade this to feature an augmented reality head-up display (HUD) that’ll project sat-nav information straight onto the windscreen, right into your line of sight.

No analogue dials here – everything’s done through a digital driver’s display.

The other display is a floating touchscreen on the centre of the dashboard with smartphone mirroring for Apple and Android devices. It comes with the same voice-recognition system as the new VW Golf, although it doesn’t always understand what you’re asking it to do. There are very few buttons in the ID.3 – only the electric windows and hazard lights are operated by a physical switch.

The VW ID.3 is the German manufacturer’s first electric-only car.

Volkswagen ID.3 lights

The ID.3 comes with an LED light strip that runs across the dashboard. It’s called the  ID. Light and it changes colour depending on the car’s status. A green light, for example, signals to the driver that the car is on, charged and ready to go – a handy feature in lieu of the humming petrol or diesel engine you’ll get in most VWs. Once you’re underway the same light bar will be used to warn you about cars in your blind spot.

The VW ID.3’s lightbar can be used to relay information.

The effect, according to VW, is to reduce the stress of driving by giving signals that you can react to instinctively, leaving your brain to worry about driving the car. For example, a red light will tell you to apply the brakes – flashing when the car spots an obstacle ahead that it thinks you might have missed.

The VW ID.3 looks more futuristic than the rest of the German brand’s cars.

If you can’t wait to get your hands on a new EV, head over to our electric car deals page to check out the latest offers. 

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