VW ID.3 Pro S under test

New for the E-Compact: a 77 kWh battery. What does that mean for range? What else can he do? Test.

When you sit in an ID.3 Pro S for the first time, it doesn't take long before the price of 49,685 euros irritates you. The materials do not match the basic model, which costs 31,960 euros. Even the front door panels are almost all hard plastic, of which there's plenty above the glove box line as well. In addition, the driver only has two power window switches and must use the touch surface to select whether he wants to control the front or rear windows.

The window operation is at least as fiddly as that of the light to the left of the steering wheel, on which you control the exterior lighting and rear window heating via tiny touch surfaces. In addition, the unlit sliders under the monitor for the climate temperature and radio volume. In addition, the infotainment gets stuck every now and then, even with less computationally intensive applications (consumption widget).

Fine driving characteristics

The rear-engine VW still does a lot of things really well. Driving, for example: whether with clever recuperation (taking into account those driving ahead and traffic signs) through the city, at up to 160 km/h on the motorway or with 150 kW quickly on the country road - it can do it all wonderfully. If he had a sports ESP, he could certainly increase his ordinary level of driving pleasure to an upscale one. The braking performance is only okay at 36.6 meters from 100 km/h.

The four-seater variant is also practical (five-seaters available), and in addition to a decent compact-class trunk, there are stately shelves at the front: five 1.5-liter bottles fit in a row in the center console. The legroom in the rear? It's great, but the headroom is a bit limited. The smartphone-sized speedometer monitor is also easy to read and can be supplemented by a windshield display that even projects large augmented reality navigation arrows.

The armrests on the comfortable seats, which can be locked in many positions, are pretty cool, although they are a bit too narrow. Not so cool: The infotainment turns off when the driver gets out. That's annoying if you just want to open the garage or post a letter. It doesn't matter whether the passenger stays seated.

At 25.2 kWh/100 km, the power consumption is rather average, but the Pro S still managed 337 kilometers in the test, and even a smooth 500 on our eco tour. With a charging capacity of 125 kW, it's not a lightning charger, but it's not slow either : According to the factory, it takes 38 minutes to go from five to 80 percent.

Conclusion

Materials and operation should be improved. On the other hand, the practical but expensive ID.3 drives well and has a range of 337 kilometers in the test.

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