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Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback - MPG, running costs & CO2

A range of battery sizes caters to different customers

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The Volkswagen ID.3 is available with three different battery sizes and three different motors. The smallest 45kWh battery is now on sale, or you can upgrade to the 58kWh (fitted on ‘Pro’ and ‘Pro Performance’) and 77kWh ‘Pro S’ models. Range increases with the size of the batteries.

For mid-2021, VW rejigged pricing for the ID.3, with the effect seven versions are now eligible for the Government's Plug-in Vehicle Grant of £2,500, making them more affordable to buy. 

VW ID.3 range and charging time

The 45kWh model has an all-electric driving range of 205 miles, the 58kWh model will do around 260 miles and the range-topping 77kWh model can travel up to 341 miles on a single charge.

While more range is clearly better, even the smallest 45kWh ID.3 surpasses the Hyundai Ioniq Electric and standard Nissan Leaf, so shouldn't be sniffed at. If you plan on charging your ID.3 fairly regularly at home and don't often take long trips around the country, it’s likely to be adequate. The cheapest Tesla Model 3 offers 254 miles of range.

When you do head further afield, the ID.3 accepts 100kW fast-charging, so the battery can be topped up from 5 to 80% in the time it takes to eat a snack and drink a coffee. In the 58kWh model it takes 35 minutes and in the 77kWh model it’s 38 minutes.

Charging via a home wallbox (at 11kW) takes 6 hours and 15 minutes for the 58kWh model and 7 hours 30 minutes for the 77kWh car.

Check out our guide to the best chargepoint providers here.

Tax costs

The car costs nothing in VED, saving you around £150 a year, while recharging at home costs a fraction of filling a fuel tank - although how much cheaper it works out depends on your electricity tariff.

The Benefit-in-Kind rate of 1% means that all electric cars are extremely cost-effective for company-car buyers. If your commute isn’t abnormally long then the ID.3 could be a great way to save money on company-car tax.

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