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

VW is currently holding its traditional pre-show event at Frankfurt Motor Show, where the German car maker will debut its new models and concepts. Among them is perhaps the most significant model of the company since the original Beetle and it’s no other than the electric ID.3.

The new VW ID.3 will be the first dedicated electric vehicle that enters series-production, as well as the first model built on the new modular MEB platform that’s designed specifically for electric vehicles.

VW’s core electric model will be offered in three battery configurations; a base 45kWh version that offers 205 miles (330km) of range, a mid-level 58kWh version that can cover 261 miles (420km) and a range-topping 77kWh model that will offer 342 miles (550km) out of a full charge.

Also Read: VW Confirms ID.3 EV’s Frankfurt Debut, Sub-€30,000 Base Price In Germany

Power is provided by a rear-mounted 201 HP electric motor driving the rear axle with the latter two battery packs. Base models get a 147 HP electric motor but in both cases, torque is rated the same, at 229 lb-ft (310 Nm).

Thanks to its clever and efficient packaging, the new VW ID.3 offers almost the same footprint as the current Golf but features a 145mm-longer wheelbase at 2,765mm. Luggage capacity is rated at 380lt.

The really long wheelbase allowed VW to rethink the interior of the new ID.3, which claims to be the new golden standard in the compact class. The dashboard is also futuristic, packing a newly developed 10-inch touchscreen display that runs VW’s new infotainment system that supports over-the-air updates, alongside a digital instrument cluster.

All controls are now operated by touch panels -even the ones on the steering wheel- with VW leaving only the electric windows and hazard warning lights being operated by traditional buttons. There’s also a natural-voice control system which is awakened with the command “Hello ID”.

The base 45 kWh model will be capable of charging at a rate of 50kW as standard, with VW offering 100kW as an option. The mid-level 58kWh ID.3 will be compatible with 100kW of charging capacity as standard, promising that 30 minutes on the plug will be enough for 155 miles (250km) of driving range. Range-topping variants will be able to charge at 125 kW.

VW is accepting pre-orders for the ID.3 1st limited launch edition since May and so far, it has received over 30,000 expressions of interest. 1st Edition models will be offered with the mid-level 58kWh battery pack only and will feature a navigation system, a DAB+ digital radio, seat heating and steering wheel heating, armrests at the front, a Mode 2 charging cable and 18-inch light-alloy wheels as standard.

Customers wishing for more will be able to choose between the 1st Plus and the 1st Max models; the 1st Plus adds a rear view camera system, ACC Adaptive Cruise Control and the Kessy Advanced keyless access locking and starting system, as well as design seats, a centre console with two USB-C connections and ambient lighting, matrix LED headlights, matrix side lights, brake lights, turn indicators and tail light clusters as well as 19-inch light-alloy wheels.

Finally, the range-topping VW ID.3 1st Max will include the new, augmented reality (AR) head-up display, a Beats sound system, a large panorama sliding/tilting glass roof as well as 20-inch light-alloy wheels.

VW has still not revealed the full technical details of the ID.3, which we imagine will be released in the coming days. The German car maker repeated its promise for a base price of less than 30,000 euros in Germany. Production will start at the end of 2019, with the first customer deliveries expected in early 2020.


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  • Owen Hamilton

    I like the look of that, I still don’t really get why they had to make a separate car to the Golf though as it just looks like a facelifted Golf to me. Also I wonder what the black bit between the windscreen and the bonnet is for.

    • Hoe

      S and EQS, GLC and EQC etc

    • Matt

      Because the ID.3 and Golf ride on different platforms – one pure EV and the other designed for ICE and hybridization. The silhouette is very different to that of a Golf, hard to mix the two up.


    Looks like a Hyundai…

  • OdysseyTag

    Stayed quite faithful to the concept. Should be a best seller.

  • Tan Lee

    BMW I3 Wannabe.

    • Rimas Kurtinaitis

      More like Beetle of the 21st century, but whatever floats your boat.

      • Tan Lee

        I3 – ID3

        If VW want to make this the modern day beetle they are more then welcome as the last beetle was a total disaster. VW group have a history of copying other’s ideas and dressing it up and calling it their own. This one is no exception, the name is too similar, they are both electric, both 4dr hatchs, they even copied it down to the same rear glass tailgate. My guess is they bought an I3, tore it down to individual components and remade it again using VW components.

        This is why VW are not on the list of most admired companies in the world but BMW are. They are followers, not leaders.

        • Rimas Kurtinaitis

          VW made some of the cars that revolutionised the world of automobiles, including the original Beetle and the Golf. The ID.3 completes the trio, being the people’s car of the 21st century, and showcases the world’s automotive development over the past 80 years.

          VW made cars for the people. It didn’t need to pioneer, and it did nevertheless. It will now as well.

          • Tan Lee

            Think we will have to agree to disagree.

            VW wanted to be the leader in Diesel technology while Hybrid & Electric was being lead by others. They went as far as to try to trademark the TDI badge so others couldn’t use it. Where is diesel tech now? As a desperation attempt they are now following the trend of Electric cars even though they wrote that technology off as a gimmick in the past. I dont see why VW are hyping up the ID3 as this is not a ‘new car’. The i3 was and so was the Tesla. VW has a very good marketing team but the product is old news.

          • Rimas Kurtinaitis

            All-new platform, all-new powertrain (for the brand), all-new era (for everyone). It very much is a new car. As for diesel, they flopped. Big time. But they flopped right when electric tech (notably batteries) had matured enough for the big players to get in and invest large sums of money, not considering it a gimmick anymore; back in 2010, when “clean diesel’ was a thing, only those with a single-family home with a garage could recharge an EV, hence the obscene price of an electric supermini dubbed the i3, and EU legislation on EV chargers installed on all new homes wasn’t a thing. But now, we can see cheap EVs with reasonable ranges become accessible, with chargers becoming ever-so-widespread. Tesla pioneered with its cars and chargers, but now, it’s time for the others to dominate. And they will dominate, with “old news” (jfc) like the ID.3.
            PS: Have you seen the production forecast for MEB vehicles? That’s a handful more than the i3 ever will. It’s not about who does it first, it’s about who does it best.

          • Tan Lee

            “ It’s not about who does it first, it’s about who does it best”

            I would have to agree. VW do build more complete cars then others however I still do not have much love for brand and their ethos which is to try and dominate every segment of the automotive world.

    • McFly

      I don’t think even the I3 wants to be the I3.

  • Sébastien

    So it’s an EV, but they managed to keep the every-2year visit to the expensive dealers… Nice one, I bet they got pressure from their mecanics.

    • Rahul Mandala

      How do you know? Did VW send a prototype to you years back and you’re making this comment now?

      • Sébastien

        I just watched the live, they mentioned it “maintenance will be every 2 years, not based on mileage”

      • Sébastien

        I just watched the live, see at 1h04m12s from

  • Sébastien

    I guess photo #3 isn’t production vehicle with that tail light….

  • Jason Miller

    Is that a white steering wheel? And play/pause symbols on the pedals? Really?

    • Mr_Fanta_Pants

      Super cool!

  • DetrinKD

    That white steering wheel… I cringe at the thought of how that’s going to look after just a month of driving. Eek. And I got a good laugh out of the “Play” and “Pause” pedals! Literally LOL’d. I think it’s clever and communicates to the quirky VW image. Overall, I REALLY like this!

    S/N: Are the headlights in “sleep mode” in picture 4?

  • Salih Ahzem

    Is that a reversed shift pattern (D P N R) ? Will get some practice to get used to.

    • Matteo Tommasi

      They always fuck up.
      Like when they reverted the sequential function on the DSG, with upshift pushing the lever instead of pulling it.


  • Stephen G

    Well put together. Price will be key. Can the mid-level version compete with the Bolt? And the base with the Leaf?

  • blunt-o

    gti equivalent version next? idi ? beautiful design.

  • Ben

    I like it. However, I’d change the steering wheel and controls to another color(shows less wear). Also, the front clip has the same profile as most minivans. I do like the rear.

  • Brian Collin

    Look at the 13th and 33rd picture! I assume these are quite well equipped samples but there are no controls for the rear electric windows on the drivers side.

    • E.

      in the videos, the rear doors have electric windows and the same two buttons in the front, and you can see in the picture, on the top of the buttons puts “rear”, but, in other cars, there are four controllers…

  • This looks super promising and should scare Nissan more than anybody. If it’s price accordingly, this could potentially wipe the Leaf out. However, my only gripe is the interior “VW to rethink the interior of the new ID.3, which claims to be the new golden standard in the compact class.” I mean Mazda still hold that with the 3. There’s nothing but plastic almost everywhere – especially the bare black plastic which is the centre console. Looks incredibly cheap which is a real shame. I assume Dieselgate may have sped up the development time dramatically looking with as little as time possible focused on it.

  • Kitty Pourquoi

    Looks decent. The perfect car for people who lease. Interior looks like cheap though

  • Dennis Scipio

    It’s not too shabby.

  • boo boo the fool

    exceeded my expectations

  • charlotteharry57

    It’s cute, but not coming to the States, due to price. Other sites are estimating that it’d be around $35K here, which also means that the ID Crozz will be at least $40K, if not more, and the ID Buzz at least $50K, if not more as well. Pricey for VWs.

    • Ben

      Shhhh….don’t speak such horrible words into existence!

    • krusshall

      Guessing…not estimating.

    • ME

      Don’t forget about incentives. What I don’t understand for a ICE Honda Accord, people are paying $35K for them, why?

  • MoveOnPorsche

    Surprised Citroen cannot/did not assert trademark rights over I.D.x nomenclature, considering that marque’s storied history of ID cars in the 50s and 60s…or was their a deal between VW and PSA? Anyone know?

    • Aeromann

      Good question.

  • Aeromann

    Nissan leaf can sleep nicely.

    • Matt

      Why? This looks more attractive and aspirational than the Leaf.

      • Aeromann

        It’s a VW. ?

        • Matt

          And the leaf is a Nissan – a brand with its own troubles.

          • Aeromann

            That’s true!

    • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

      This has nearly 3 times the range of the leaf lol

      • Aeromann

        Really? Is it a cheat from VW?
        They are used to! LOL

  • Ben
  • Well… it’s a Golf, no surprise there.

    • Matt

      Except it’s not..

      • Who cares, it’s a Golf.

        • Matt

          Zero parts shared with the Golf.

          • So? It has to share parts with the Golf to be the Golf?

  • Frase

    Oddly funkier than the typical VW, but on the whole there’s no surprises here. Should do well, even if a Golf still offers better range, better costs and better long term ownership.

  • Honda NSX-R

    I’m honestly getting concept car vibes from this production car, and that’s a good thing!

  • Deckard_Cain

    Wow, this actually looks awesome.

  • Ilbirs

    It’s interesting for some reasons:

    1) Range up to 550 km (342 mi.): for now it’s a good mark, but we must remind that VW has a stake on QuantumScape and maybe we’ll see some solid-state batteries soon;

    2) The lines prevented that deception we use to have when seeing a striking concept car that is followed by a bland production version;

    3) Being an unbloated vehicle. VW accomplished the promise of Passat levels of space on a Golf-like overall size. The ID.3 can be even roomier than a Mk6 Passat considering the fact that it doesn’t have the very tall center tunnel that every MQB except the A0 ones have;

    4) The trunk may not be that big, but it has some interesting modularity features, like the faux floor we see on some ICE hatchbacks of the brand;

    5) 50-50 weight distribution: VW managed to bring to the same advantage seen on a BMW i3 or soon to be seen on the Honda e, but the ID.3 being roomier than both models;

    Shortcomings? By judging the pictures of the back, rear visibility seems to be suffering, both by the huge C-pillar and the huge spoiler that convers amost a third of the rear glass. There isn’t also a front trunk, in part comprehensible due to liquid cooling and a very short front end. I’d like to know if liquid cooling will be just for the battery or if it’ll be employed in other parts of the electric hardware like we see on the Mercedes EQC. Maybe the touchpads instead of physical buttons will give problems on their use precisely for not having that tactile sensation or easy utilization without looking at. There’s also not a single mention of autonomous or semi-autonomous ride, but I”d consider that some compromises were made for this vehicle to be cheaper.

    • Matteo Tommasi

      Europeans buy cars to DRIVE them

  • Vangelis Goulis

    Why does it have to be ugly??!!

  • Dude

    I thought this was coming to the US. I’ve learned it’s not…

    Why can’t we have nice things?

    • designer_dick

      Because when offered the chance to buy nice things, Americans traditionally react by balking at the price and buying something cheaper. It’s why Volkswagen has chosen to fob the US off with a range of dumbed down cars than can be cheaply and profitably produced in Chattanooga and Mexico.

      • ME

        As an American consumer VW tends to ignore that not that not every consumer thinks the same.
        The ID.3 is not a small little SMART or 500 that failed to take the US by storm. The ID.3 is a very practical car by definition. It is roomy inside, modern and a better alternative to Prius. If some buy wants to buy something cheaper and bland they can but that shouldn’t stop VW.

    • performante

      VW struggles with their US identity. They’re still figuring out which space they want to occupy. Unfortunately, us, the fans, suffer from poor decisions out of Wolfsburg.

  • krusshall

    Attractive enough but could do without the graphics on the C-pillar.

    • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

      I’m sure it’s optional. looks like a decal kit or something. I suspect that personalisation is a big part of the ID experience.

  • Felipe Politano

    It should have been the next Golf – so much so that even VW is pushing back the actual Golf not to be overshadowed by the ID3. It will be outselling the Golf in some 5 years and VW will be needlessly jeopardizing its most successful nameplate… they should have just called it the Golf ID or something.

  • Rocket

    “All controls are now operated by touch panels -even the ones on the steering wheel- with VW leaving only the electric windows and hazard warning lights being operated by traditional buttons.”

    I tend to lean toward the latest and greatest in my automobiles, but not when it comes to these silly touchscreen controls. It’s a trend that can’t die soon enough for me. I’ll buy preowned before I ever own a car without physical HVAC and audio controls.

    • Maisch

      I totally agree, for HVAC it should be mandatory to have physical buttons!

  • lagann

    I like the exterior but I hope they get rid of those ugly interior colors.

    • Matt

      Why do you think they would go to the effort of choosing the most striking colour combinations for their debut car and then ‘get rid’ of them? Fact is there will be multiple colour combinations to choose from. I quite like the one shown, better than boring black/grey.

  • Eric

    I like it, but that front “kitchen chair” seating position I despise.

  • Dennis James

    It lacks the excitement just like the normal Golf, but at the same time is looks very roomy and well thought out and “simplified”.

    It does look that this is the Golf of the future. With some decent range, I would say nicely done !

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    This thing is a game changer. Rival manufacturers should be VERY worried. VW and Toyota will continue their world dominance and I see GM , Chrysler and Ford going Bankrupt again.

    • Jason Miller

      You’re funny.

  • ME

    Stick to your Dodge Omni.

  • Rocket

    That’s because Americans wouldn’t buy an expensive rear-engined RWD hatch. They will buy the crossover platform-mate that is coming here, however … the ID 4X (See ID Crozz Concept).

  • Ben

    I like those wheels! Essentially the same as the I.D R

  • badcyclist

    Why do so many carmakers think that it is a great design idea to seemingly hot glue an infotainment screen (in this case, two of them) onto an otherwise conventional dash?

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Another good-looking electric vehicle. YES!

    This deserves to sell, and sell well.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    You are entitled to think it looks decent (it’s ugly BTW) but you can’t argue against the interior made of hard plastic all around (even upper door panels) and the REAR DRUM BRAKES on a 1700kg (declared by VW) car.

  • Knotmyrealname

    It looks so hard and cheap inside. Like the T-Roc.

    • performante

      It’s an electric car that will start around £30k. What did you expect, the interior out of the Taycan? It’s fine for what it is.

      • Puddingpopper

        I’m ok with the sparseness/hardness, aesthetically it’s as bad as the new Jetta interior

        • Knotmyrealname

          It looks cheap. It doesn’t even give a false premise of looking welcoming. It looks like the interior of a fisher price toy or a child’s lunchtime snack box.

  • HD

    The thing is, the range topping variant will be similar price level as the Tesla Model 3, but while the ID.3 can only charge at 125 kW the Tesla can charge at 250 kW. That’s a huge difference, especially for people using the Autobahn. Especially that Tesla does have a charging infrastructure built and VW is just in the process of building it. I do like the base ID.3 and the price seems good, but as for the range topping one, good luck VW…

    • exeptor

      In Norway (where the tax is 25%) the price for Long Range Model 3 is ~65,000 EUR (you can check TeslaBjorn channel on YouTube). This means that the price before taxes is ~50,000 EUR. I don’t believe that the range topping ID.3 will cost that much when the base one costs less than 30,000 EUR. To add additional 200km of range I guess they will increase the price with something like 10,000 EUR (even counting the additional trim levels, etc.). This will make for some 7,000-10,000 EUR difference.

      • HD

        I follow Bjorn since he started videos, great content. However you are comparing apples to oranges, Norway has very high tax on cars indeed. We are talking about German prices. Tesla Model 3 Long Range is 51,390 Euros. If the ID.3 starts at just below 30k Euros, then the range topping will be around 50k Euros. Then I don’t see why someone that has to go on long trips would choose a car that charges twice as long. It would just make to rational sense. We will soon see, but in my opinion the range topping will cost closer to 50k than to 40k Euros. Hope I’m wrong!

  • Puddingpopper

    Interior looks so phoned in


    the proper e-golf

  • Better than talking out of my Golf.

  • Baeyoung ❂

    After decades of trust in ICE Volkswagen, I hope “Electric-gate” won’t happen…

    • Six_Tymes

      it will, if the same or mostly the same people work there. liars always cheat, cheaters always lie.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Everyone was at it.

  • Enter Ranting

    The interior looks like Russian public transportation.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Then Russian public transportation must be OK.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Seems like the future getting closer and closer.

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