The All-Electric Volkswagen ID.3 Hatchback: The Complete Guide For The UK

vw id3 electric car
Price: £36,195
Type of electric vehicle: Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body type: Hatchback
Battery size: 58 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 265 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 0g (CO2/km)


Volkswagen AG, the Germany automotive group is one of the leading automotive companies in the global electric vehicle (EV) industry. Volkswagen has committed to an investment up to Euro 30 billion by 2023. It aims to sell 3 million electric vehicles by 2025 and launch up to 70 new EV models over the next 10 years.

With the launch of its electric vehicle ID. Family, VW is fast cementing a dominant position to become the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer by 2028, with the automotive behemoth planning to manufacturer 22 million electric vehicles. 

The automotive company currently has a number of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) on sale, to include: 

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For those of you new to zero-emission electric driving, we recommend a read of the following articles:

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The All-Electric VW ID.3 Hatchback

The launch of the Volkswagen ID.3 five-door family hatchback is part of the company’s broader strategy, to offer affordable EVs to the mass-market via the VW ID. family range of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). The 2020 ID.3 was first shown as the concept ID prototype electric car at the Paris Motor Show in 2016. 

The ID.3 five-door hatchback launch model ‘ID.3 1st Edition’ was revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The EV model has been positioned as an affordable electric car for ‘everyone’.  The battery-electric vehicle (BEV) ID.3 model is marked as ‘3’, as this will be the third most important chapter for the German automotive company, after the Beetle and Golf models.

The plug-in electric car uses the MEB bespoke electric platform. Manufacturing commenced in November 2019. As another first for Volkswagen, the ID.3 is carbon neutral upon delivery to its customers.

For families and company-car drivers keen to migrate to electric driving via a more affordable electric car, the VW ID.3 is certainly worth considering. The pure electric Volkswagen has a 58 kWh (Pro Performance) onboard EV battery. It is true, in that, the more recent introduction of electric cars have a larger EV battery, but given the positioning of ID.3 electric car, primarily as an affordable family car, the 58 kWh battery size is appropriate.

The manufacturer claims a zero-emission electric range up to 265 miles (WLTP). Even adjusting for real-world driving conditions, the EV should be able to deliver an electric range over 225 miles. A useful and practical EV range for most day-to-day needs and for longer distance motorway driving.

For those new to electric driving, a number of factors impact the claimed range. These include: driving profile, weather conditions, road surface, wheel size, onboard services used, passenger load and more. The electric car also incorporates regenerative braking to increase the efficiency and electric range.

The VW EV offers DC charging up to 120 kW, which is more than sufficient given the size of the onboard EV battery. At 120 kW DC, the EV can be charged up to 80% in 30 minutes. Just enough time for a coffee and short motorway break.

The EV does incorporate a three-phase 11 kW AC onboard charger as standard. Given that most homes in the UK are powered by single-phase power supply, most of us will not be able to take advantage of the three-phase onboard charger. For those with access to three-phase (11 kW) charging at home or at work, the EV can be fully charged in 6 hours and 15 minutes. For single-phase EV charging it will take up to 9 hours 30 minutes to fully charge.

Though the EV can be charged via a domestic 3-PIN plug, we at e-zoomed do not encourage using a domestic plug for charging an electric car. The EV will take up to 31 hours to charge up to 100% via a 3-PIN socket. We at e-zoomed recommend charging overnight when the electricity prices are lower.

We also recommend charging on a regular basis. This way charging times are reduced and regular charging is good for the long-term maintenance of the onboard EV battery. The manufacturer offers a 8 years/ 100,000 miles warranty. 

In terms of performance, the rear-wheel drive VW ID.3 electric car can achieve 0-62 mph in 7.3 seconds (maximum power: 204 PS). The top speed for the EV is 99 mph. Of course the electric car also benefits from instant torque.

The VW EV has a host of features on offer, to include: lane assist, park assistance plus with front and rear parking sensors, rear view camera, dynamic road sign display, front assist – autonomous emergency  braking with pedestrian and cyclist monitoring and more. The electric car has a 385 L boot space.

Company-car drivers can take advantage of the lower Benefit-in-Kind (BiK-2%) tax charge for pure electric cars. You can lease the ID.3 electric car via e-zoomed at fantastic prices. Bottom-line, electric driving is good for the environment and the wallet.

Decent pure electric range Will disappoint those seeking a futuristic styling and design
120 KW DC charging Infotainment system could be improved
11 kW (3-phase) onboard charger as standard Interior materials feel cheap


The All-Electric Volkswagen ID.3 Hatchback (credit: VW)

At A Glance
EV Type:Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)
Body Type:Hatchback
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Available In UK:Yes

£ Variants (1 Option)
Volkswagen ID.3 Life (from £36,195)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 58 kWh
Charging:120 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-100%: 30 mins). Onboard charger: 11 kW AC (6 hrs 15 mins)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:0g (CO2/km)
EV Battery Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

£ Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 16.7 kWh £2.40
Battery net capacity : 30.0 kWh£4.32
Battery net capacity : 39.2 kWh£5.64
Battery net capacity : 45.0 kWh£6.48
Battery net capacity : 50.0 kWh£7.20
Battery net capacity : 64.0 kWh£9.22
Battery net capacity : 71.0 kWh£10.22
Battery net capacity : 77.0 kWh£11.09
Battery net capacity : 90.0 kWh£12.96
Battery net capacity : 100.0 kWh£14.40
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
  • Note 1: SoC: state of charge

Height (mm):1568
Width (mm):1809
Length (mm):4261
Wheelbase (mm):2770
Turning Circle (m):10.2
Boot Capacity (L):385

EV Battery Capacity:58 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):265 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/ 62 mi):15.3
Charging: 120 kW DC Rapid Charging (10%-100%: 30 mins). Onboard charger: 11 kW AC (6 hrs 15 mins)
Top Speed:99 mph
0-62 mph:7.3 seconds
Drive: Rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Electric Motor (kW):110
Max Power (PS):204
Torque (Nm): 310
Unladen Weight (kg):1,813
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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