Here’s a Close Look At The ID.3, Volkswagen’s Most Important New Car In Many Decades

Last week, Volkswagen unveiled its long-awaited ID.3 electric hatchback at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It follows the Beetle and Golf as the brand’s most important vehicle and could prove to be the car that, finally, makes electric vehicles mainstream.

In this video from Top Gear, we’re offered a detailed look at aspects of the hatchback which the official photos fail to cover.

Also Read: New VW ID.3 Wants To Become The Golf Of Electric Vehicles

The first thing worth mentioning about the ID.3 is the design. Because it doesn’t feature a big internal combustion engine up the front nor a large transmission, VW’s designers have been able to shorten the front and rear overhangs and push the cabin forward to increase space. The car manufacturer goes as far as to say that, while the ID.3 has almost the same footprint as a Golf, it offers interior space to rival a Passat.

There will be three different powertrains available for the ID.3. The first is a 45 kWh version with a 147 HP and 229 lb-ft (310 Nm) electric motor, offering a range of 205 miles (330 km). Next up is the mid-level 58 kWh model with an electric motor delivering 201 HP and a 261-mile (420-km) range. Sitting at the top of the family is the 77 kWh version with the same 201 HP electric motor but an extended range, which sits at an impressive 342 miles (550 km).

Volkswagen has yet to release pricing details for the ID.3 range, but has confirmed the base model will start at under €30,000 ($33,161) in Germany.


  • All good and well, but what can you tow with this people’s friend? Oh, a little as 75 kilograms, two electricbike’s, if you’re lucky. That’s a shame of these electric cars.

    • rockyroad

      u can get a Tesla semi (or a Model X) or a Rivian for such activities. however, that will come w a price, much like anything else. options are there nonetheless.

      • Mark Baum

        No uou can’t get a Tesla semi or Rivian

      • A Tesla is fun for that, but cost over €150.000 here, in The Netherlands.

    • Ken Lyns

      So you want VAG to make a mass-market electric SUV? That would truly be “third era” for them, not this.

      • No necassery, but it will come anyway, but the Dutch and also the German tow everything to everywhere.

    • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

      How many Golf’s and Polo’s do you see towing something???

  • Ben

    That rear design is good looking. I don’t have a problem with the front end design, but it does have the same profile as a minivan from the side. I guess they did this to shorten the front over hangs which I do appreciate. Overall, I’d take the Honda E over this purely due to design, but if I could, I’d have both.

  • bryceee

    To be legit….
    It must have a rear sticker saying ~
    No Monkey’s were harmed in this Production.

  • Six_Tymes

    I cant stand that cheap plastic interior, why so junky VW?


  • MJ Coffey

    Thanks, but no thanks.

  • Carmunis

    i like the exterior design but… looks shity inside.. also i saw some feedbacks, that the interior quality is really bad..
    But let’s see when it comes to the dealers..

  • Stephen G

    LOL! “Because it doesn’t feature a big internal combustion engine up the front nor a large transmission, VW’s designers have been able to shorten the rear overhang”. OMG Who makes this $hit up!

  • Enter Ranting

    The interior quality is appalling, and it’s a functional disaster.

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