Volkswagen has eliminated the vast majority of versions of its electric compact. The Volkswagen ID.3 range is made up of a single version in Spain. What’s going on? How is the ID.3 that can be configured in the Spanish territory? Do you have good autonomy? We answer these and many other questions about what is happening with the 100% electric alternative to the Golf.
Volkswagen has reduced to the maximum expression the offer of its electric compact. The Volkswagen ID.3 becomes available in a single version. The number of options when configuring the first model of the ID. has dropped abruptly. But what has happened to make such a big adjustment? Let us remember that the ID.3 is being used as the spearhead of the German manufacturer’s electrical offensive in European territory.
The decision made by volkswagen
should not catch us by surprise. And it is that there were already certain indications that allowed us to predict that this would end up happening. Just a few weeks ago the company reported that all ID.3 production until the end of 2023 has been sold. It is not the only electric Volkswagen Group that is in this situation. Here we have one of the keys, but it is not the only one as we will see throughout this article.
How is the only Volkswagen ID.3 for sale, is it well equipped?
In the recent past, the ID.3 range has been made up of a multitude of trim levels. The first model of the family ID. of Volkswagen electric cars has been offered in Spain in the finishes Pro Performance, Life, Pro S, Style, Max, Tour and the missing 1ST special edition with which its commercial launch was celebrated. Well, after making some big adjustments, the ID.3 can now only be configured on the Life trim level.
It is one of the most affordable versions that have been available in the range. But despite this, it has a large endowment. We then review the most outstanding standard equipment of the ID.3 Life:
Equipment Volkswagen ID.3 Life
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- LED headlights
- LED taillights
- Darkened rear windows
- rear view camera
- Parking assist system Park Assist Plus with parking aid
- adaptive cruise control and speed limiter
- Keyless entry and start system
- Discover Pro infotainment system
- Front Assist emergency braking system with pedestrian detection system
- Lane Departure Warning Assistant Lane Assist
- Driver Fatigue Detector
- Stainless steel pedals in play/pause design
- Leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, heated and adjustable in height and depth
- Multiple airbags (front, side, curtain and front center)
- tire monitoring system
- 2 USB Type-C interfaces at the front and 2 USB Type-C charging ports in the center console at the rear
- App-Connect with App-Connect Wireless for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- heated front seats
- Mode 3 type 2 charging cable, 32 A
- Automatic climate control with remote climate control
- Electromechanical power steering, regulation according to speed
- Interior rear view mirror with automatic anti-dazzle adjustment
- DAB+ digital radio receiver
- Exterior mirrors electrically adjustable and folding and heated
- Automatic lighting and rain sensor
- Traffic Sign Recognition System
Video test of the Volkswagen ID.3, a new generation electric compact
The autonomy of the Volkswagen ID.3 Life
In the bowels of the only ID.3 that we can currently configure in the Spanish market is a 58 kWh lithium-ion battery whose main objective is to feed a single motor of 150 kW (204 hp) and 310 Nm of maximum torque. The electric motor is installed on the rear axle, so we are dealing with a rear-wheel drive vehicle.
This engine allows the German electric to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 160 km/h. The autonomy is 415 kilometers according to the WLTP cycle. It declares an average energy consumption of 15.6 kWh at 100 km respectively. By the way, autonomy in the urban cycle is close to 600 km.
Recall that, in the recent past, the ID.3 has been available with a 45 kWh battery that offers a range of 348 km, and also with an 82 kWh battery, which can travel up to 543 km on a single charge. Therefore, Volkswagen has kept the intermediate battery in its portfolio. However, this directly affects the sale price.
How much is the Volkswagen ID.3 worth in Spain? The price of the Life version
It is time to talk about prices. How much is the only version of the ID.3 that is currently available in Spain worth? The price of the ID.3 with Life finish and 58 kWh battery is, according to the configurator, €43,765. As there are no more alternatives in the range, we are faced with the fact that the starting price of the ID.3 has increased significantly and is once again above the 40,000 km barrier.
Such a limited supply will negatively affect the commercial performance of the ID.3, hopefully its sales figures will suffer. The Volkswagen Group continues to work on increasing its production capacity for electric cars in the midst of the microchip crisis. The company has had to adapt to the current times and allocate available microchips and semiconductors to the most profitable versions and/or models
of each of its brands. That is why in recent months certain versions of this electric have been disappearing.
Herbert Diess, CEO of the Volkswagen Group, expects vehicle production to begin to pick up this year as the global shortage of microchips fades. It will be then when Volkswagen is in a position to once again increase the supply of those models that have been hampered by this complicated situation. Meanwhile, the ID.3 will have to deal with such a short range that reminds us of certain Chinese cars that are marketed in this part of the world.