You Can Now Order A Volkswagen ID.3

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Volkswagen ID.3
Credit: Volkswagen

If you’ve been eagerly waiting to get your hands on a Volkswagen ID.3 — in particular, the 1st Edition trim, of which there will be 30,000 produced — now is the time to order. As of today, if you pre-booked the car, you can finalize an order for one of the earliest ID.3 models in most European countries. Everyone else who wants an ID.3 can order one starting in 4 weeks. (Sorry, Americans, the ID.3 is not coming to America.)

There’s also now something called the 1st Mover Club, who will start receiving deliveries in early September. Aside from quicker delivery, what do you get for being in the club? Members of the 1st Mover Club will have a “direct line to Volkswagen” and will be able to communicate with each other. Presumably, this group will be used for important early feedback on the car to fix bugs or make improvements.

In addition, these cars will not have their full software suite installed, so will get that completed later. “This membership includes various customer benefits – and a software update for two outstanding digital functions at the beginning of next year. At market launch in September, the App Connect function and the distance feature in the head-up display will not yet have been activated.”

Volkswagen ID.3
Credit: Volkswagen

Furthermore, members of the 1st Mover Club who are leasing won’t have to pay their lease for the first 3 months! That sounds appealing. …

People who don’t want to join the 1st Mover Club can get their ID.3 cars in the 4th quarter of 2020. They will have no need for a software update (reportedly) because the cars will be delivered with the full software.

Buyers of an ID.3 1st Edition will get one year of free charging. The base version starts at less than €40,000.

Pre-bookers have the next 4 weeks to decide if they want to be in the 1st Mover Club or not. Though, that offer will perhaps change if Volkswagen gets too much interest.

Some key stats about early versions of the ID.3 1st Edition include:

  • 0–60 km/h in 3.4 seconds
  • 58 kWh battery
  • 150 kW of power
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • 100 kW fast charging
  • 11 kW AC charging

The ID.3 1st Edition also includes:

  • DAB+ digital radio
  • ‘Air Care Climatronic’ air conditioning system with 2-zone climate control
  • heated seats
  • heated steering wheel
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • ‘Light Assist’
  • natural voice control

If you pay extra for the ID.3 1st Plus (starting at a bit below €46,000), you also get:

  • rear view camera system
  • ‘Keyless Advanced’ keyless access locking and starting system
  • center console with two additional USB-C connections in the rear
  • LED rear tail lights with dynamic turn signal
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • ‘Style’ package in silver

And then there’s the ID.3 1st Max, which starts at under €50,000 and adds:

  • augmented reality head-up display (AR)
  • two additional loudspeakers
  • large panorama roof
  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • ‘Travel Assist’ driver assistant including the ‘Side Assist’ lane change assistant and ‘Emergency Assist’ as well as the ‘Comfort’ telephony function with inductive charging
  • electrically adjustable front seats with massage function.

Full disclosure: I own shares in Volkswagen Group (VWAGY)


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