Volkswagen's goal with the ID.3 was to make the switch to full-EV motoring more affordable for more people - which means making it cost the same (or less) than an equivalent combustion-engined model. They have quite managed that yet, but the range is still expanding. We'll quote you prices following deduction of the £2,500 government Plug-in grant, available on all models below £35,000, which is most of the range.
Things kick off with a base 'Pure Performance' models featuring the smallest 45kWh battery mated to a 150PS electric motor, derivatives which cost from just over £27,000, with two trim options - 'Life' and 'Style'. Most ID.3 customers start their search with the 58kWh battery variants, which cost from around £28,500 and use the 145PS 'Pro' electric motor - there's a choice of 'Life Pro' and 'Family Pro' models, both also available in 'Performance' form with the gutsier 204PS electric motor for £1,300 more. That gutsier motor has to be had with the first of the plush variants priced over the goverment's £35,000 grant threshold, the 'Max Pro Performance' 58kWh model, which costs nearly £8,000. For around £39,000, there's also a top 'Tour Pro S' variant which mates a larger capacity 77kWh battery with the 204PS 'Performance' motor.
A 10-inch centre-dash infotainment screen is standard across the range and features a neat 'touch-sensitive bar', using which you can swipe across various screen zones to control both stereo volume and cabin temperature. Volkswagen's latest natural voice control system also features, enabling you to ask the car virtually anything as long as you preface it by "Hello Volkswagen". We'd want to specify the clever head-up display system, which projects augmented-reality navigation arrows, hazard alerts and pedestrian detection messages onto the inside of the windscreen in front of you as you drive.