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Volkswagen expands ID.3 range with sub-£30k model

Volkswagen ID.3 electric vehicle (EV)

Volkswagen has expanded its ID.3 electric vehicle range with seven new trims and a current entry price of below £30,000 (including the £3,000 plug-in car grant).

The new trims join the ID.3 range just a week after the £38,880 1ST Edition models launched in the VW network last month.

Six of the new models use the 58 kWh battery (net capacity) and 204 PS motor seen on the 1ST Edition, while the ID.3 Tour also has a 204 PS motor but introduces the largest 77 kWh battery (net capacity) with an increased range of 336 miles (WLTP combined figure).

VW will further expand its ID.3 range next year with lower priced variants with lower power outputs and the smallest 45 kWh battery.

Order books will open on October 22 and the first examples of these new ID.3 models are expected to arrive by the end of the month.

Like the ID.3 1ST Edition, the series ID.3 cars will be delivered to customers net carbon-neutral.

All seven ID.3 models will feature LED headlights, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Assist, Car2X, Natural Voice Control, parking sensors front and rear, and wheels no smaller than 18 inches in diameter.

In addition they all receive navigation with 10-inch touch screen, keyless start, Driver Profile Selection, climate control, interior alarm and the innovative ID.Light function.

The new specification levels are pre-configured with different option packages: there are five in total with each having an additional ‘Plus’ version.

These are Design, Infotainment, Comfort, Assistance and Sport.

Entry-model features

The lowest-priced ID.3 Life model costs £29,990 and has two packages included: the Infotainment and Comfort.

It features cloth seats with integrated armrests and the interior is available solely in black.

The Infotainment package features Discover Pro navigation. 

This system has a 10-inch touch screen with preloaded European navigation data, 2D or 3D map view, speed limit display, Bluetooth connection for simultaneous pairing of two mobile devices, DAB radio, and two front USB-C sockets.

Meanwhile, the ‘Plus’ package adds an upgraded sound pack with subwoofer and the augmented reality head-up display.

The Comfort includes the Light & Sight bundle that features electrically folding and adjustable mirrors with projection light, and automatically dimming rear-view mirror and rain sensor. Two USB-C ports are fitted in the rear of the car while heated seats and a heated steering wheel are fitted up front.

‘Plus’ adds 2-zone climate control and a variable boot floor.

Tim O’Donovan, EV product marketing manager at Volkswagen UK, said: “We are over the moon to be able to offer an ID.3 in the UK for under £30,000 so soon after the initial launch.

“The ID.3 Life is far from basic, with our medium sized battery, most powerful motor and extensive standard equipment list.

“Versions of the ID.3 with a smaller battery and less powerful motors will go on sale later next year with an even lower price.”

O’Donovan said the ID.3 Life represents “an affordable way for many people to take the leap into emmissio-free motoring”.

He added: “We’ve been working hard to make the switch to electric as simple as possible too. 

“With Tesco and Pod Point we are continuing to roll out free chargers in stores across the country, and we’ve partnered with Octopus energy with a great offer that can provide up to 8,000 free miles if you switch to its renewable home energy supply.

“There has never been a better time to go electric.”

ID.3 Pro Performance specifications (58 kWh and 204 PS)        
Model Price 0-62 mph Range (WLTP, combined) Energy consumption (WLTP)
Life £29,990 7.3 sec 263 miles 4.2 miles/kWh
Business £33,720 7.3 sec 262 miles 4.2 miles/kWh
Family £34,650 7.3 sec 260 miles 4.2 miles/kWh
Style £34,180 7.3 sec 261 miles 4.2 miles/kWh
Tech £36,190 7.3 sec 260 miles 4.2 miles/kWh
Max £38,220 7.3 sec 258 miles 4.2 miles/kWh
ID.3 Pro S specifications (77 kWh and 204 PS)        
Tour £39,290 7.9 sec 336 miles 4.1 miles/kWh
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