Volkswagen’s third revolution goes by the name of ID.3: after the Beetle and the Golf, Wolfsburg entered the electric era with only two letters and a number that identified a compact battery that thanks to the new modular MEB platform inaugurated the new EV family of the German brand. A truly wide range, with seven configurations declined on two variants based on as many battery packs and a third entry level variant with a 55 kWh accumulator (45 kWh usable). For our test, however, we started from the genesis of this model, that is to say from the limited launch series: let’s find out together everything there is to know about the Volkswagen ID.3 1st Edition Max.
The compact electric it is 4,262 mm long, measures 1,809mm wide, 1,552mm high and has a wheelbase of 2.77 meters. It is available in the Life, Style, Business, Family, Tech and Max versions, which are based on the Pro Performance version, the model equipped with the 58 kWh battery combined with the 150 kW electric powertrain and rear-wheel drive, for greater autonomy. to 420 km in the WLTP cycle while the Tour set-up is combined with the Pro S variant which brings the 77 kWh battery and guarantees a range of 550 km. As for the range of the special series, this is also based on the Pro Performance version and is available in First Edition, First Edition Plus and indeed First Edition Max, the protagonist of our test drive.
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The dimensions similar to those of a Golf make ID.3 particularly comfortable, with a spacious cabin for both the driver and passengers, with the rear seat that offers the right comfort even for longer journeys. Despite being a concentrate of technology, the ID.3 dashboard is linear and essential: behind the steering wheel there is the 5.3-inch digital dashboard which has integrated the rotary control to engage forward gear or the back. At the center we find the display of the infotainment system, a 10 ” touchscreen with bright colors that allows you to control the multimedia functions. Just below the capacitive push-button panel for the dual-zone climate, the volume adjustment of the audio system and finally another row of keys to interact with In the central tunnel then, where we no longer even find the gear lever, there is space for a storage compartment that hides the USB sockets and a double housing for the smartphone with inductive charging.
The driving mode there are four: Eco, Confort, Sport and Individuale, with the latter allowing you to customize the set-up of the car. Using the rotary control, you can also enter the Brake Mode, the mode that increases the engine brake, thus maximizing the recovery of energy when the accelerator is released. A very useful option when driving in traffic where you can almost go with just one pedal. The silence of the electric ride it is always a plus even if the 20 ” wheels accentuate the roughness of the road a little too much in some cases. The declared autonomy is 420 km but using the ID.3 on the motorway, from Verona to Bologna, without skimping on the pace of travel, we managed to keep the 400 km range of travel with only one tank of energy. A not bad result after all considering the fast pace and the little use of the brake. In the city, however, ID.3 is perfectly at home. Note on the turning radius that facilitates maneuvers and allows you to move the German compact in a handkerchief despite its size.
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We come now at charging mode: the ID.3 supports an infrastructure of 11 kW in alternating current or in direct current of 100 kW for the Pro Performance version and of 125 kW for the Pro S. With the 77 kW battery it is possible to recover approximately 350 km of autonomy in half an hour. If you use a 6 kW wallbox, on the other hand, with the model that has a 58 kWh accumulator, you can recover 100 km of autonomy in about 2 hours and 100% of the charge in about 10 hours. Even if there is the Sport mode, let’s not expect the dynamism of a supercar: it is an electric and therefore the immediate thrust is there but Volkswagen ID.3 was not born for speed records but rather for those of distance and from this point of view, energy consumption is all on the side of the German compact. We conclude with prices: the range starts at 33,800 euros for the entry level in the City version and goes up to 48,900 euros for the version based on the Pro S in the Tour version. Finally, the First Edition Max that we tested today, has a price of 47,950 euros also thanks to a series of additional specifications such as the panoramic glass roof and the head-up display with augmented reality.