Watch out Nissan, there's a new kid on the block

And it's called the ID.3.

43w ago

V​olkswagen, (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.

T​he 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.

S​o, 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.

T​he 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.

Watch out Nissan, there's a new kid on the block and it's called the ID.3.

H​ugo Taylor

T​he 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.

T​he 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.

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Comments (8)

  • Real nice car. I am a little sad we won’t see this here in the US. My main alternative here is the Chevy Bolt. I don’t know why anyone bothers with the Leaf anymore. It has been long surpassed.

      9 months ago
    • Yeah. It does look brilliant and it sounds like a shame it’s not going to the USA.

        9 months ago
  • Sorry, but I don’t like it. It looks too “look at me im so hip and cool” to me. Plus, electric cars are too inconvenient.

      9 months ago
    • That's fair enough, the styling is rather questionable. But as far as Golf-sized EV's go it is brilliant.

        9 months ago
    • I like it. I wish they would offer it here in the US.

      The main reasons I want it is because it has a reasonable price and BEVs are vastly (as in not just a little bit) more convenient than gas cars.

        9 months ago
  • If that little touch screen can do as much as teslas iPad duct taped to the dashboard, I think it will be a cracking attack at the model 3. Still think the cheaper price of the Leaf, and it just being a car with electric power then anything funky, will sell its own pocket

      9 months ago
  • There's such an open gate for anyone bringing an EV to market that VW will have no effect on Nissan sales. They sell to different price-points and customer demographics anyway. Every car company that wants to survive in the next couple of years needs to be selling a competitive, profitable EV product as fast as they possibly can get the thing to market.

      9 months ago
  • I don’t want it

      9 months ago