Thursday, January 20

far behind the success of the Tesla Model 3, its price drops drastically

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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.

Volkswagen ID.3

Volkswagen ID.3 // Gamesdone: Marius Hanin for Frandroid

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 SModel 3
Mixed autonomy WLTP552 km448 km
Max speed160 km/h225 km/h
0-100 km/h7,9 s5,6 s
Starting price42 920 €43 800 €
Price with ecological bonus35 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.

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