2020 Volkswagen ID.3 electric car: Price, specs and release date

Matthew Mills
May 09, 2019

New details have been revealed about the 2020 Volkswagen ID.3 electric car: an alternative to all-electric hatchbacks such as the BMW i3. Here’s everything you need to know…

  • Confirmed

    2020 Volkswagen ID.3 all-electric hatchback

  • Specs include

    251-mile range and 110kW fast charging as standard

  • Price and release date

    around £30,000; mid-2020

2020 Volkswagen ID.3 latest news

Order books opened for the 2020 Volkswagen ID.3 electric car. To coincide with this, VW has revealed a number of new details about this hotly anticipated BMW i3 alternative.

The car has been officially named the ID.3 – ID being the name given to all of VW’s new electric models – and is currently available to be pre-ordered, with a £750 deposit. The version you can buy in the UK is the called the VW ID.3 Plus edition, which has an all-electric driving range of upwards of 251 miles. Info on the car’s standard equipment is limited but we do know it will get a contrast colour paint job, with the roof being a totally different colour to the rest of the bodywork. Furthermore, all the exterior lights will be LEDs. On the inside, you’ll get, as standard, an infotainment system that’s equipped with voice controls and satellite navigation, at least.

VW won’t reveal exactly how many 2020 Volkswagen ID.3s are destined for the UK. However, 30,000 will be available for the whole of Europe, of which Britain is slated to receive a larger-than-average chunk. Apparently, 15,000 cars have already been pre-ordered.

2020 Volkswagen ID.3 price and release date

More details confirmed by Volkswagen regarding the 2020 Volkswagen ID.3 include a more solid price and release date. The Plus version coming to the UK is actually a mid-range trim, meaning that our ID.3s are likely going to cost in the ballpark of £30,000.

Volkswagen has confirmed that the first 2020 Volkswagen ID.3s will be arriving to customers throughout Europe in the middle of next year.

2020 Volkswagen ID.3 styling

To help it appeal to as many buyers as possible, the 2020 Volkswagen ID.3 is unlikely to get the same polarising styling as the extremely futuristic BMW i3. But, it’ll still be easy for you to spot that this is an electric car. That filled in grille gives the game away. With no engine to cool, there’s no need to channel air through the front of the car, which means the VW ID.3 has a smooth front end that makes it more aerodynamic. A huge badge means it’ll still be instantly recognisable as a VW and you can expect the car to have a chrome detailing running between the LED headlights. With its electric motor located at the back, the bonnet can be stubby and, while it’s not quite as long as a VW Golf, it will be slightly taller and wider. The ID.3’s height is easier to spot in profile and is a result of the bulky batteries sandwiched underneath the car’s floor. From this angle, you’ll also spot the car’s aerodynamic wheels with low-rolling-resistance tyres designed to maximise battery range.

The boot-mounted spoiler and rear-facing cameras (which replace conventional wing mirrors) do the same job – reducing drag by helping the 2020 Volkswagen ID.3 cut through the air more easily, saving vital energy into the bargain. The same can’t be said for the flush-fitting door handles which pop out when you unlock the car. They are there because, well, they look cool. Sadly, you’ll struggle to find much surprise and delight from the back of the ID.3. Those rear LEDs are bound to give it a distinctive look in the dark and you get a one-piece glass boot lid and… that’s about it. At least there are no fake exhausts to get annoyed about.

2020 Volkswagen ID.3 interior

In terms of design, you can expect the 2020 Volkswagen ID.3’s interior to be dominated by two large infotainment screens. The first will be found behind the steering wheel taking the form of the Active Info Display found in VW’s current models – it’ll be able to switch between functions including a huge map that’ll make it easy to follow the car’s sat-nav directions. The other display will be a floating touchscreen on the centre of the dashboard. You can expect it have Android Auto and Apple Carplay connectivity and to also understand spoken word voice commands.

2020 Volkswagen ID.3 practicality

VW has claimed the 202o Volkswagen ID.3 will offer ‘Passat levels of space’ in a car that’s slightly smaller than a Golf. Sounds good! That tall roofline should mean even tall adults will have plenty of headroom and the ID.3 will have a completely flat floor that will likely mean your fifth passenger has as much room for their feet as everyone else in the back. Even getting in should be made easier by the car’s tall ride height. One place the ID.3 might not do so well in is boot space. With its motor hidden underneath, the boot will be shallow although VW’s attention for detail should ensure it has a low load lip that makes loading easy and will be packed with handy features for securing shopping and luggage. You can also expect the back seats to fold neatly to give you a completely flat load bay.

2020 Volkswagen ID.3 driving and range

The 2020 Volkswagen ID.3 will be offered with three battery capacities of 48kWh, 55kWh or 62kWh – giving the car a range of between 200 and 350 miles. Expect basic cars to offer comparable performance to an entry-level Golf, although the instant surge of the electric motor will make the ID.3 feel quicker off the line than a petrol or diesel. The 55kWh and 62kWh versions will have acceleration comparable to a fast Volkswagen Golf GTI. Depending on which charger you use – the fastest the ID.3 will be compatible with is a 125kWh system – the VW will be able to charge its battery from zero to 80 per cent in as little as 35 minutes.

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