Electric cars have never been cheap. The Volkswagen ID.3 is no exception: the price list includes 37,787.72 euros for the Life model with a standard range of 420 kilometers, fast charging and various assistance systems. Only the so-called innovation bonus, which adds up to € 6,000 from the state plus € 3,480 from Volkswagen to € 9,480, brings the ID.3 into bearable price regions for many customers. But there is also a Golf for this course, making it the best-selling car in Europe. What does the ID.3 different from the conventional compact car - and how does it differ from the electric car competition?

When you take your first ride with the ID.3, you immediately notice that the electric car is a Volkswagen for better or for worse. The ID.3 is comfortably tuned, all noises are effectively insulated and the chassis is designed to be risk-free. A Volkswagen does not have to have exaggerated characteristics. Confident boredom from Wolfsburg. People sit on top of the battery pack, higher than in a Golf, and the headroom is consequently not as lush as the electric car concept suggests. The footwell in the rear alone is clearly larger.

The handling is also noticeably better than in the Golf. With the combination of rear-engine and rear-wheel drive, Volkswagen is returning to its own roots: This is how the Beetle was once designed. And that means that the tires transmit 150 kW of power very well, there are no forces influencing the steering and the turning circle is small. Here the ID.3 not only has an advantage over the Golf, but also over the electric competitors with front-wheel drive.

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But how far is he going now? It depends on. Anyone who drives moderately on the autobahn has a power consumption of around 21 kilowatt hours (kWh) per 100 kilometers. Based on the average battery capacity of 58 kWh, this results in a range of around 275 km before the forced stop at the charging station. Apart from the A7 and A2, the consumption drops to below 15 kWh / 100 km, which arithmetically results in a radius of around 400 km. Anyone who values ​​a good range in the cold should invest 1,242.86 euros for the heat pump. The high surcharge is explained by the fact that no environmentally harmful and dangerous liquids are used.

A special feature of the Volkswagen ID.3 is that, unlike other compact electric cars, it is not offered with one or two, but even with three different battery capacities. From 2021 the basic version will be delivered with 45 kWh (standard range: 330 km), the price of which will be less than 30,000 euros. From this, in turn, 9,480 euros could be deducted so that there is almost price parity with an entry-level golf. The most expensive version is the Tour version with 77 kWh energy content and maximum equipment for 48,432.44 euros. Volkswagen estimates that most buyers will opt for the medium battery format driven by ZEIT ONLINE.

With the competition from South Korea, the Hyundai Kona EV and the Kia e-Niro, almost all buyers choose the large battery with 64 kWh. The products of the Hyundai Motor Group are popular in the electric car enthusiast scene because they are of high quality, are considered reliable and have relied on the European fast charging standard CCS at an early stage. The dealers will probably come under discount pressure from now on, because the Hyundai Kona, for example, with the 64 kW battery costs at least 40,794.96 euros, which is significantly more than the VolkswagenID.

Most electric cars in this segment are also designed to be fitted with internal combustion engines, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but it does lead to certain trade-offs. The Opel Corsa-e, for example, technically identical to the Peugeot e-208 and other vehicle types from the PSA Group, offers people a generous amount of space - it only has to sacrifice some volume for the battery in the trunk.