Volkswagen ID3 range to start at a tenner less than £30k

Volkswagen ID3

VOLKSWAGEN'S new electric family car, the ID3, is to get a wider range which will bring the starting price to just below £30k.

The car's first customers have already received their limited-edition, high-specification '1st Edition' models, but this was a pricier launch model.

Price details for the 'regular' ID3 range have now been published, with the entry model costing £29,990 after the government's £3,000 plug-in car grant is applied.

That gets you a 'Life' model, which comes with LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, lane assist and 18-inch alloy wheels.

All cars in the range benefit from satellite navigation with a 10-inch colour touchscreen, as well as keyless start, interior alarm and the ability to accept over-the-air software updates which will ensure that, just like your mobile phone, the ID3 is using the very latest infotainment and battery technology.

A free software updated will be issued at the start of 2021, too, which will enable wireless smartphone charging.

From Life, the range moves through Business, Family, Style, Tech and Max trim levels, with all utilising the same 58kWh battery and 201bhp electric motor, capable of delivering up to 263 miles from a single charge.

Using a rapid charger, this will take 35 minutes to be brought from five to 80 per cent charge, while a zero to 100 per cent charge via a 7.2kW home wallbox will take nine and a half hours.

Additional packages have been introduced on the ID 3 range too. Design brings intelligent LED Matrix headlights as well as LED rear lights and an illuminated light strip which sits in between the headlights and Volkswagen badge.

Volkswagen ID3

The Infotainment package, meanwhile, adds Volkswagen's Discovery Pro navigation and 10-inch display and is fitted as standard to all seven models in the I.D 3's range.

Comfort also appears on all seven models and adds electrically folding and adjustable side mirrors, rain sensor and USB-C ports for the rear of the car.

Heated seats and a heated steering wheel come as standard, too, among a variety of other fitments.

The Assistance pack adds a rear-view camera and keyless entry, while Sport brings 'progressive' steering and sports suspension.

The ID3 range is topped off by the Tour which, as well as a high level of equipment, includes a larger 77kWh battery which can deliver a range of close to 340 miles from a single charge. These models cost from £39,920.

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