ID.3 is not the success one might have predicted. Volkswagen has decided to react by lowering the price of its long-range version in order to be more competitive against the Tesla Model 3.
It is far from the success that one could have predicted, the Volkswagen ID.3 recorded only 1,421 registrations over the first four months of the year in France. For comparison, Tesla’s Model 3 recorded 5,763 registrations in the first three months of the year. As a reminder, Tesla lowered the price of its Model 3 at the start of the year.
A price reduction necessary
Volkswagen has therefore decided to react by lowering the price of its ID.3 S version, what we can call “long range”. As a reminder, the ID.3 S offers a 150 kW (204 hp) engine with a 77 kWh battery for more than 550 km of range (in WLTP cycle). Its price is now 42,920 euros (against 49,000 euros when it was launched), ie 35,920 euros with the ecological bonus deducted.
The comparison with the Model 3 therefore holds water. In the table produced by Automobile-Propre below, we can therefore see that the ID.3 Pro S is less expensive than the Model 3 with poorer performance but better autonomy.
|ID.3 Pro S||Model 3|
|Mixed autonomy WLTP||552 km||448 km|
|Max speed||160 km/h||225 km/h|
|0-100 km/h||7,9 s||5,6 s|
|Starting price||42 920 €||43 800 €|
|Price with ecological bonus||35 920 €||36 800 €|
It is a well-equipped basic version, it holds the comparison with the Model 3. Indeed, there are the heated seats, the USB-C ports, the adaptive cruise control, the parking aid… as well as three interior colors to choose from without having to pay more.
We compare the two models because the prices and options are comparable, however they are two cars with different dimensions. Despite its appearance as a minivan, the ID.3 belongs to the compact segment with its 4.26 meters long (two centimeters shorter than the Golf). The Model 3 is 4.69 meters long, the length of a sedan.