It is meant to be one of ‘those’ moments. A landmark in the history of Volkswagen to which only two others can compare: the launch of the Type 1 (aka Beetle) in 1938, and the Golf in 1974. But I just can’t see this new ID.3 in those terms. At least not yet.
The ID.3 comes across as a capable new electric car, fluently conceived in the main, genuinely attractive, but no kind of revolution in the way that, say, the BMW i3 was in 2013.
The car I drove was one of those annoying first-edition cars that tend to appear at launch to exploit early adopter eagerness. Fully equipped, it would cost worryingly close to £40,000 were it not for the Government’s extant £3000 electric car grant. I’d like to try a Life model, which still sounds pricey at £30,000 (after the grant) for a base-spec car the size of a Golf.