The Volkswagen ID.3 Pure Performance is currently the entry-level variant in the ID. family. We summarise what this model is capable of in everyday driving for you in this driving report - and also provide the DV charging curve.
"It is the car that people now expect from us," VW boss Herbert Diess had said at the presentation of the ID.3 at the IAA 2019. In the end, every customer will have to decide for themselves whether that is true. The fact is that the VW ID.3 has been well received on the German market. Not least thanks to very good leasing offers. For example, 18,845 units of the ID.3 were newly registered in this country within the first eight months of this year. Only the VW e-Up (20,438 new registrations) did even better.
In terms of dimensions the ID.3 is similar to the Golf (4.26 metres long, 1.80 metres wide), but in terms of design VW has departed somewhat from the classic, the ID.3 is clearly more modern and futuristic. The proportions are harmonious. At 1.57 metres the ID.3 is relatively high, which does not have to be a disadvantage, because entry is made without "falling deep" into the seat. Tall drivers like the author are grateful - even when they sit in the back.
The VW ID.3 immediately looks familiar. The interior is very tidy, there are only a few "buttons". There is also no longer a start-stop button. The Stromer starts by pressing the brake pedal. We have already described details about the appearance and workmanship of the materials in detail in an earlier driving report. Today we focus on the Pure Performance variant. In terms of engine power, the MEB Stromer relies on the lower-powered electric motor with 110 kW. This model still needs 8.9 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h - and is thus somewhat more sluggish than the other ID.3 versions. Of course, this lower power is also completely sufficient for everyday use - even on the highway.
With the 45 kWh battery (net), city and country roads yield consumption figures between 12.5 and 15 kWh/100 km, resulting in ranges of 360 to 300 km. With predominant motorway driving, consumption figures rose to 17.5 to 20 kWh per 100 km (at guide speed) during our tours, resulting in ranges between 260 in the best case and 220 km in the worst case. In winter, it becomes somewhat less. For many fleet applications in urban environments, it should still be quite sufficient.
Over-the-air updates bring new features
Recently, Volkswagen announced that all ID. models will receive regular software updates via mobile radio in the future. The first update, the "ID. Software 2.3", delivers improvements in the camera's image recognition or the operation of the infotainment system, among other things. Our vehicle already had this update on board, which is why it was not possible to test the differences between the individual version levels.
In return, a new function has been activated: the in-car app "We Charge", which was previously without function. Since the update, detailed information about charging stations can be displayed on a map, including charging capacity, existing connections and availability. Unfortunately, the integration into the actual navigation system is not yet seamless, as these filter options are not yet available there.