The Volkswagen ID.3 is VW's most important product of the last 40 years. It marks the new era of ground-up electric cars for the German car giant, and with that comes huge investment.

This is the first time Jonny has driven a finished version of the ID.3 and it’s the 1st Edition that early customers have ordered. Jonny only had 2 hours to film the car, so this is more of a Vlog, but once he flew home from Wolfsburg to digest his thoughts, he wrote the following: ‘The exterior is pleasant, with its side profile being a grower. The space inside is phenomenal, given its dimensions. The layout of the interior is pleasing, however there are more hard plastic surfaces than the equivalent Golfs. An e-Golf probably feels more premium inside.

VW’s new infotainment system (which is shared with the new mk8 Golf) is a disappointment. It is so damn confusing to do the simple functions, such as switching on AC, which comes as a result of wanting to reduce physical switches and rely more on touch screens and voice commands. That’s a big mistake to me. ‘The ID.3 drives beautifully and has a definite Golf DNA feeling to it. I personally wouldn’t bother with the 1st Edition, as it doesn’t feel special enough when you can probably spec it better after the initial early wave of orders have passed. No word on the lower ranking spec prices, but the 77kWh battery in a car this size could be a game changer.

Handling, brakes, steering and ride are all up there, but it certainly felt less sporty than my Kia Soul, or the Mini Se.’ Tech spec: VW I.D3 1st Edition 201PS, RWD 229lb ft / 310nm 58kWh battery pack 260 mile range 0-37mph in 3.7 secs 0-62 in 7.3 secs 99mph top speed (160km) Price: £38,880 (£35,880 after UK Gov grant) 1st Edition UK car features -1st badging-100kW DC fast charging and 11kW AC 3-phase -30 colour ambient lighting -Microfleece ‘flow’ seat fabric -Heated mirrors, washer jets and front seats-Leather multifunction steering wheel -LED lights all round -19-inch Andoya alloy wheels 4 x 1st Edition colours: Makena Turquoise metallic, Moonstone Grey non metallic, Manganese Grey metallic, Glacier White metallic Width = 1809mm (20mm wider than Golf) length = 4261mm (23mm shorter than Golf) height = 1552mm (61mm taller than Golf) wheelbase = 2749mm (130mm longer than Golf) Boot space = 385L (4L more than Golf) 10.2m turning circle (better than Golf and Polo) Future ID.3 models will have choice of battery packs: 45kWh battery = 205 mile range 58kWh battery = 260 mile range 77kWh battery = 340 mile range.

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