Watch out Nissan, there's a new kid on the block
And it's called the ID.3.
Volkswagen, (or the peoples car) is a universally recognisable brand. From iconic cars like the Beetle and Golf, to some brilliant cars like the Scirocco and Golf GTI. Now there has been a recent and third revolution in Volkswagen's lineup: the ID.3.
The ID.3 is Volkswagen's third revolution, hence the name ID.3. The Beetle being first, the Golf being second and now the ID.3 being third. Not only does this reflect this, it also has a numbered lineup, much like Audi (for ex A1, A3, A4, A5, A7, etc.). This is good for non-car people who don't know the difference between a Polo and a Golf, at least now they can tell.
Another brilliant part of the ID.3 is that it is rear wheel drive, which is brilliant, yes it is wider, longer and taller than a Golf, and yes it is electric, but it is brilliant that the ID.3 is rear wheel drive, meaning that there is a new rear wheel drive hatchback on the block.
So, it is an electric car which brand has roots back to Adolf Hitler, what is so good about this? Well, quite a lot actually: the first edition car has a 260 mile range at over £35,000 (after government grants) shows brilliant value for an all singing, all dancing model. There will be models which cost as low as around £29,000 (although the price hasn't been released and the model is not available yet). And is still a decent bit cheaper than a top of the line Nissan Leaf.
The main issue with the ID.3 is it is limited to 99mph and has a 0-62 time of 7.2 seconds. Although the ID.3 produces 310Nm of torque and 201bhp, meaning it has a healthy amount of power for a car of this size.
The ID.3 looks like it will be a runaway success, this time last year, 33,000 had been reserved. There aren't any official figures at the moment of reservations this year but I couldn't imagine it dropping any.
The ID.3 also has a bloody brilliant interior. It has a really advanced infotainment system and a small (disappointing in comparison to the Golf) driver's display. As well as this, it has the gear selector on the steering column, much like a BMW i3. Hmm, there does seem to be a lot in common with the i3 here...
People who want a reasonably priced electric car would normally go for a Nissan Leaf, but I think the Leaf's appeal and market share will drop drastically. This is because The Volkswagen badge is more appealing than a Nissan badge, the ID.3 is better built and equipped and they'll be roughly the same price. Oh and it's rear wheel drive meaning it will be better to drive.