Volkswagen has confirmed that its first fully purpose-built electric family car will cost less than £ 30,000 … but only, for now.
The current entry specification ID.3 Life will be priced at £ 29,990, including the £ 3,000 taxpayer-funded grant paid for the purchase of new battery-electric vehicles – although cheaper versions will arrive in 2021, VW promised.
He confirmed seven new variants of the Golf-sized plug-in car that will be available in the UK, with a range of 258 miles to a Tesla-Model-3 rivaling 336 miles from the top of the range £ 40,000 Edition. Tower.
VW’s electric family car costs less than £ 30,000: ID.3 Life will become the most affordable version of the new Golf-sized sedan, priced at £ 29,990, including government subsidy for plug-in vehicles
The first cars on sale – called the 1st Edition – have been available to order since July, priced at £ 35,880 with the government subsidy for plug-in cars.
The first deliveries of these cars reached UK shores in early September, although patient customers awaiting the announcement of UK specifications have had to wait until now to decide which version to choose.
UK customers will be able to place orders for these cars from October 20, the German manufacturer confirmed on Wednesday.
Six of the models – including £ 29,990 ID.3 Life – use the same 58kWh battery and 201bhp electric motor as in the 1st Edition examples, while the top-end ID.3 Tour has a battery of 77 kWh of greater capacity.
This means that the six cars with the smaller of the two batteries have a range of 258 to 263 miles, depending on the size of the wheels.
Six of the latest models – including the £ 29,990 ID.3 Life – use the same 58 kWh battery and 201 hp electric motor as in the 1st Edition examples
The just announced ID.3 Tour has a higher capacity 77 kWh battery with a range of up to 336 miles, according to VW.
Inside, all will have at least a 10-inch touchscreen, keyless start and the ID.Light interior system that alerts driver and passenger of immediate risks.
These versions will compete directly with the most affordable Tesla Model 3 sold in the UK, the Standard Range Plus, which currently costs £ 40,490 and has a claimed range of 254 miles.
The smaller battery will be able to take a 100kW charge, which can take it from 5 to 80% charge in 35 minutes, providing a range of around 180 km.
From a standard 7.2kW AC outlet, VW expects the charge to take 9.5 hours from empty to full.
The remaining variants are: Style, Business, Family, Tech and Max. All of them are designed to offer slightly different styles and comfort sets to suit customers.
The performance of the new cars puts the ID.3 in a directional rivalry with Tesla’s Model 3, which became the UK’s best-selling zero-emission car in 2020
The Tesla Model 3 Long Range can cover 348 miles claimed on a full charge and costs £ 46,990. The VW ID.3 Tour almost matches that, but costs £ 7,000 less
|ID.3 Pro Performance specifications (58 kWh and 204 PS)|
|Model||Price*||0 to 62 mph||Range||Energy consumption|
|Life||£ 29,990||7.3 seconds||423 kilometers||6.7 miles / kWh|
|Company||£ 33,720||7.3 seconds||422 kilometers||6.7 miles / kWh|
|Family||£ 34,650||7.3 seconds||260 kilometers||6.7 miles / kWh|
|Style||£ 34,180||7.3 seconds||421 kilometers||6.7 miles / kWh|
|Technology||£ 36,190||7.3 seconds||260 kilometers||6.7 miles / kWh|
|Max||£ 38,220||7.3 seconds||408 kilometers||6.7 miles / kWh|
|ID.3 Pro S specifications (77 kWh and 204 PS)|
|Tower||£ 39,290||7.9 seconds||536 kilometers||6.6 miles / kWh|
|* price including PiCG|
Commenting on the new entry price of the ID.3, Tim O’Donovan, EV Product Marketing Director at Volkswagen UK, said: “The ID.3 Life represents an affordable way for many people to take the leap. towards an emission-free automobile.
The most expensive of all the ID.3s is the £ 39,290 Tour, which has a whopping official driving distance of 336 miles between charges.
This pits VW’s first specially designed electric family car against the long-stroke Tesla Model 3 variant.
The American firm’s 3 Performance and Long Range models have official distances of 329 and 348 miles, respectively – although the latter have a premium of £ 16,500 over the comparative ID.3.
The ID.3 Tour’s larger capacity battery can also support 125kW devices, and a quick charge can replenish up to 80% in 38 minutes to provide an estimated range of 217 miles.
The first version of the all-new VE ID.3 on sale – called the 1st Edition – has been available to order since July and arrived in the UK early last month.
|Variant||Charge rate (DC)||5% to 80% of charge time (at DC rate)||30 min quick charge range||0-100% charging time (7.2 kW AC)|
|Professional performance||100 kW||35 mins||300 kilometers||9:30 a.m.|
|Benefits||125 kW||38 min||347 kilometers||TBC|
UK customers will be able to place orders for the new ID.3 specifications from October 20, the German manufacturer confirmed.
Next year Volkswagen will introduce more specs to the lineup, all of which will use a smaller 45kWh battery and a lower price tag than the ID.3 Life.
This should bring the price parity between electric vehicles closer to a comparable alternative with a gasoline or diesel engine.
The latest Golf Mk8 – which is very similar in dimensions and interior space to the new ID.3 – costs £ 23,300 in the same Life version, which is £ 6,690 less than the plug-in model. With cheaper variants in 2021, this gap will narrow.
Volkswagen has also promised to launch even cheaper versions in 2021, but with smaller capacity engines and shorter ranges on a full charge.
This is the current entry-level Volkswagen Golf Life. 1.0-liter petrol with 109bhp and a 6-speed manual transmission costs from £ 23,300
As standard, the seven newly launched ID.3 models will feature LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, lane assist, VW’s Car2X communication system between compliant vehicles, voice control, front parking sensors and rear and wheels of at least 18 inches.
Inside, all will have at least a 10-inch touchscreen, keyless start, and the ID.Light interior system that alerts driver and passenger to immediate risks.
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