Volkswagen ID3

Volkswagen ID.3 1ST Edition orders open to UK pre-bookers

The Volkswagen ID.3 1ST Edition can be ordered from today in the UK by people who pre-booked, allowing those who have already placed their deposit to specify and confirm their car.

The ID.3 1ST Edition is the limited edition and introductory version of the electric hatchback, which is also the first Volkswagen Group model built on the new MEB platform. It will be followed by seven series variants of the ID.3 opening for order in the autumn.

First announced in May 2019 and reserved by over 30,000 pre-bookers across Europe, the ID.3 1ST Edition is priced at £38,880 before any Government grant is applied (meaning that it should cost £35,880 after the UK plug-in car grant).

ID.3 pre-bookers placing their orders will have the added bonus of 2,000 kWh of renewable power dispensed for free via We Charge. One of the suppliers includes the Europe-wide IONITY charging network. This added benefit is worth £500 and the equivalent to approximately 34 rapid charges.

The ID.3 1ST Edition is Volkswagen’s first ever model to be made available for pre-booking, and across Europe attracted 10,000 pre-orders on the first day. Another 20,000 pre-orders were made in a matter of weeks. To secure an ID.3 1ST build slot, UK pre-bookers placed a £750 non-binding deposit.

The ID.3 1ST Edition has a range of 260 miles (WLTP) from its 58 kWh (net) battery capacity. It also features the added bonus of rapid charging compatibility of up to 100 kW, with the ability to add around 180 miles of range in just 30 minutes from a 100 kW CCS charger. The 260-mile range is sufficient to travel from London to Manchester, with 50 miles to spare.

With 204 PS of power and 310 Nm of torque instantly available, the ID.3 1ST is fast enough to match a Golf GTI from rest up to 37mph, while the 0 to 62 mph sprint is dispatched in 7.3 seconds before maximum speed is reached at 99 mph.

The ID.3 1ST also benefits from the Volkswagen brand high-voltage battery warranty of eight years or 100,000 miles.

The ID.3 shares a similar footprint with the Golf, but provides as much interior space as a Passat, while maintaining the same tight turning circle as the up! city car.

The flexibility of the MEB platform allows multiple different models to be built on it; this economy of scale brings down the consumer cost of the final models – an attribute which traditionally has been obstructive to mainstream electric vehicle adoption by the public.

Volkswagen claims that, at the point at which it leaves the factory, the ID.3 is the world’s first mass-produced CO2-neutral car.

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