Volkswagen ID.3

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Volkswagen ID.3
2020 Volkswagen ID.3 1st Front.jpg
Volkswagen ID.3 1st
Also calledCupra Born
DesignerMarc Lichte (concept)
Klaus Zyciora
Body and chassis
ClassSmall family car (C)
Body style5-door hatchback
LayoutRear-motor, rear-wheel drive
PlatformVolkswagen Group MEB
RelatedVolkswagen ID.4
Electric motorAPP 310 Permanent Magnet Brushless motor
  • Name Net (kWh) Gross (kWh)
  • Pure    45              55
  • Pro      58              62
  • Pro S   77              82
Electric range
  • Predicted WLTP range:[7]
  • 45 kWh: up to 330 km (205 mi)
  • 58 kWh: up to 420 km (260 mi)
  • 77 kWh: up to 550 km (340 mi)
Plug-in charging
Wheelbase2,765 mm (108.9 in)
Length4,262 mm (167.8 in)
Width1,809 mm (71.2 in)
Height1,552 mm (61.1 in)
Curb weight1,772–1,935 kg (3,907–4,266 lb)
PredecessorVolkswagen e-Golf

The Volkswagen ID.3 is a compact (C-segment) electric car produced by Volkswagen since 2019. Based on the MEB platform,[8] it is the first production car to utilize the platform, and the first model of the ID. series.[9] It was unveiled on 9 September 2019 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, after being first shown as the I.D. concept car at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Deliveries to retail customers began in Germany in September 2020.[1]

I.D. Concept[edit]

The ID.3 was previewed as a concept car called the Volkswagen I.D., first shown at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. It was the first concept model of the new all-electric I.D. sub-brand. According to Volkswagen, the I.D. featured innovations such as virtual wing mirrors (using video cameras), "chocolate bar" battery design, and retractable LiDAR sensors used for autonomous driving,[10] not all of which made it to the production version.

Production model[edit]

In May 2019, Volkswagen confirmed the production model based on this prototype was named Volkswagen ID.3, instead of the rumoured I.D. Neo name,[11] and officially presented at the International Motor Show Germany in September 2019.[12] The ID.3 is one of five new Volkswagen models based on the MEB platform. Smaller cars bearing the ID.1 and ID.2 names are expected, and bigger models will range from ID.4 to ID.9. Volkswagen has also applied for trademark protection of an additional "X", supposedly for a SUV.[13] Reservations (€1000) for the launch model of the ID.3 started on the 8 May 2019, which were set to be delivered in midyear 2020,[7] whereas the base model, expected to cost under €30,000, will be delivered in 2021.[needs update] Volkswagen named high expected demand as a reason.[14] It received 10,000 buyer reservations within 24 hours after pre-orders opened[15] and 30,000 before the unveiling at IAA 2019.[16] Retail deliveries began in Germany in September 2020.[1]

The production version of the ID.3 was unveiled on 9 September 2019 at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), along with the new Volkswagen logo and branding.[17] The cars are assembled at Volkswagen's Zwickau factory, where the company expects the full plant capacity (330,000 cars per year) to produce electric cars based on the MEB platform for the Volkswagen Group from 2021 onwards.[18][19][20]


Three different battery choices are offered with the ID.3.

Volkswagen ID.3
Battery Capacity

full/usable [kWh]

55 / 45 62 / 58 82 / 77
Drivetrain RWD
Model Name ID.3 Pure Performance ID.3 Pro Performance ID.3 Pro S
Availability From 2021
Range (EPA) Not rated
Predicted Range (WLTP) 330 km (210 mi) 420 km (260 mi) 550 km (340 mi)

[0–100 km/h (0-60 mph)]

8.9 s 7.3 s 7.9 s
Power Output


110 kW (148 hp; 150 PS) 150 kW (201 hp; 204 PS)
Peak Torque


310 N⋅m (229 lb⋅ft)
Consumption (WLTP) 15.4 kWh/100 km 15.6 - 14.5 kWh/100 km 15.7 - 15.8 kWh/100 km
Top Speed [km/h]
160 km/h
Kerb Weight [kg] 1,772 kg (3,907 lb) 1,812 kg (3,995 lb) 1,928–1,935 kg (4,251–4,266 lb)
Peak DC Fast Charge (DCFC) Power


Up to 110 kW, 50 kW standard
Up to 120 kW
Up to 125 kW
Peak AC Charging Power


7.2 kW 11 kW
Number of Seats 5 4 or 5, depending on options selected

The 77 kWh variants have four and five seat options; the others seat five. All but the 77 kWh variant will have an optional panoramic roof that can be combined with a bike rack on a support hook at the back.[21] The MEB platform supports up to 125 kW charging using the CCS standard.[22] The 58 kWh version supports 120 kW DC charging.

The drag coefficient of the car is 0.267, frontal area is 2.36 square meters, and the minimum turning circle is 10.2 metres (33 ft).[23]

It was first available in three different launch trim levels, namely ID.3 1st, ID.3 1st Plus and ID.3 1st Max. The battery size and powertrain remain the same across all three trim levels; however, there are different levels of equipment, styling options and wheels. The wheels provided are: 18 in (460 mm) for ID.3 1st (215/55R18), 19 in (480 mm) for ID.3 1st Plus (215/50R19) and 20 in (510 mm) for ID.3 1st Max (215/45R20).

Software issues[edit]

In early 2020 it was announced that delivery of the ID.3 was going to be delayed until at least September 2020 due to software errors that VW had yet to be able to resolve. Some stripped-down cars were delivered in September with cloud-connected ones being delivered at the end of 2020.[24][25]


  • In January 2021, the ID.3 Pro Performance Life was named Small Electric Car of the Year by What Car? magazine.[26] What Car? awarded the ID.3 five stars out of five in its review of the car.[27]


Almost 57,000 units were delivered in 2020, ranking among the world's top-ten best-selling plug-in cars in just four months on the market.[28]

Year Europe
2020 54,495[29]

See also[edit]


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  15. ^ "VW's new electric hatchback receives 10,000 pre-orders in first 24 hours".
  16. ^ "More than 30,000 reservations for the ID.3 1ST edition". Volkswagen Newsroom. Volkswagen AG. 4 September 2019. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
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  20. ^ "Our Volkswagen ID.3 Factory Tour Photo Album". CleanTechnica. 6 November 2019.
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