Volkswagen ID 3 1st edition 2020 test drive in the UK

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“Can I be a geek?” Asked a man charging his Nissan Leaf, barely I plugged the VW ID 3 into an Instavolt charger in Banbury. Why of course you can, sir, although one question: As an electric vehicle convert, driving the world’s most populous electric vehicle, is the arrival of the new ID 3 still an important moment? ?Interesting. You can already buy an electric vehicle that does everything an ID 3 does. You have even been able to buy an electric Volkswagen before. But somehow the ID 3, UK here in the ‘1st Edition’ version still looks like a waypoint on the road.

It sits, as you probably know, on Volkswagen’s MEB electric architecture, so even though at 4.3m it’s about the length of a Golf it has a longer wheelbase and, it is claimed, much more interior space.

The battery (this is the midrange 58 kWh unit with a WLTP range of 260 miles and a charging capacity of 100 kW) sits below the ground, along with the engine (at 201 hp, the power is higher than two bids) on the rear axle. The ID 3 is rear-engined and rear-wheel-drive like the stock Beetle, but alas, since there’s a reverse gear and the Lord knows what else up front, it doesn’t have a frown.

Instead, the trunk has a high load lip and the rear seats split and fold, revealing that this 1.6m tall car is a practical hatchback, with plenty of headroom up front. and back. The cabin layout is good, but the choice of materials is quite irritating in places, including the tops of the doors. It’s not that big of a deal further down the range, one suspects, but the UK price for a 1st edition with the average battery is £ 35,215 (after government subsidy).

Someone will come soon to argue that the overall costs of ownership are nothing more than a cheaper internal combustion car, which is true if you get your electricity cheaply enough, but if you still have to do the job. full on the road, it probably isn’t.

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