Article By Richard Aucock

Volkswagen launches more affordable version of ID.3 electric car

Volkswagen has launched a new entry-level ID.3 EV – and an even more affordable version is on the way

The Volkswagen ID.3 now costs less than £29,000, thanks to the launch of a new lower-power Pro electric motor.

Prices start from £28,670 for the Pro in entry-level ID.3 Life trim, rising to £33,330 for the ID.3 Family. The mid-range ID.3 Business costs £32,400. These prices are after the £3,000 Plug-in Car Grant is deducted.

The more affordable ID.3 Pro uses a 145hp electric motor, rather than the 204hp motor fitted to the Pro Performance and Pro S models.

Although the 0-62mph time increases from 7.3 to 9.6 seconds, the electric driving range remains unchanged. The ID.3 Life Pro offers up 263 miles of range from a single charge, with the Business Pro and Family Pro versions able to travel 262 miles and 260 miles respectively.

That’s because the Pro models use the same 58kWh battery. Charging performance remains unchanged, so a 35-minute recharge to 80 percent capacity at a 100kW CCS DC charger is achievable.

The range-topping ID.3 Tour Pro S costs £39,290 and uses a 77kWh battery to bring the range up to an impressive 336 miles. Although it’s slightly slower to 62mph than the Pro Performance models, the Pro S is able to charge at a rate of 125kW.

Further additions to the ID.3 range will follow later in the year, including a new entry-level version. The Pure and Pure Performance models will use a 45kWh battery. The base price is expected to fall to around £25,000 after the government grant.

‘Stepping up a gear’

Jo Laurence, ID family product manager at Volkswagen UK said: “Its transmission may be an innovative one-speed unit, but the ID.3 is metaphorically stepping up a gear with the Pro variant, because it provides an alternative to the top-spec Pro Performance model which has been on sale since September.

“All of the same features and talents are available on the Pro model, albeit with a slightly lower power output.”

The Volkswagen ID.3 is one of seven cars in the running for 2021 European Car of the Year. It’s the only 100 percent electric car on the shortlist, although EV versions of the Citroen C4 and Fiat 500 are available.

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