Tesla Model 3 vs Volkswagen ID.3 – performance, range, price, charging speed

Ranking as the best selling battery electric vehicle globally since its launch, Model 3 is the crown jewel for Tesla. The German automaker Volkswagen is diving full speed in the EV race by pouring billions of dollars into its all new electric fleet, its latest vehicle named ID.3 was unveiled in September 2019 and is expected to hit production by mid 2020. So, does VW ID.3 stand a chance against the king of the EV arena? Lets find out.

Model Range

Tesla Model 3 is offered in four different versions, three of them are available for online booking. The base model Standard Range can only be booked in person. Standard Range and Standard Range Plus variants are rear wheel drive with a single 211 kilowatt motor in the drivetrain, while the Long Range and Performance versions are all wheel drive powered by dual motors.


Volkswagen ID.3 is expected to be launched in three distinct models namely; Pure, Pro and Pro S, powered by a single motor at the back. All models are rear wheel drive.

Driving Range

Since VW ID.3 is not EPA rated, we will have to rely on WLTP rating for both vehicles. Tesla Model 3 Long Range with 75 kWh battery is WLTP rated for a range of 348 miles on a single charge, while VW ID.3 Pro S offers up to 342 miles of range with its 82 kWh (77 kWh usable) battery pack. Driving range is a key factor when competing in the EV area, and ID.3 seems to have potential to become a formidable opponent — until you see its performance and price.

DC Charging Speed (miles per 15 min)

As should be expected, Model 3 takes the lead by a significant margin when it comes to DC fast charging, thanks to 250 kilowatt V3 Tesla Supercharger, that can add 180 miles of energy to a depleted battery in 15 minutes for Long Range and Performance variants. The VW ID.3 Pro S can charge at maximum power of 125 kilowatt, that should get you about 105 miles of range after 15 minutes of charging.

*VW ID.3 figures are estimated.

AC Charging Speed (miles per hour)

According to a study conducted by Idaho National Laboratory, over 80 percent of EV charging is done at home. This study included 8,300 EVs in 22 regions of US, over 125 million miles driven and 6 million charging events over a span of three years. This puts light on the importance of Level 2 charging speed, and it seems Volkswagen has caught up with Tesla in this category. Based on 11 kilowatt on-board charger, 77 kWh battery capacity and 342 miles range — VW ID.3 Pro S should theoretically gain about 44 miles of range per hour of charging, same as Model 3.

Horsepower

All Model 3 variants offer significantly better horsepower. The Performance version offers almost three times the horsepower than top of the line ID.3.

Torque

All VW ID.3 models offer 230 lb-ft of torque, about half of M3 Performance.


Acceleration

Volkswagen does not provide official acceleration figures for ID.3, but according to CAR magazine who road tested 62 kWh Pro version, it can accelerate from naught to 62 mph in less than 7.5 seconds — which is not slow, but slower than a standard Golf GTI (6.5 seconds), and significantly slower than Tesla Model 3. Although, it has been confirmed by Volkswagen that a performance version of ID.3 is in the works and should be available within next few years.

Power-to-weight Ratio

As of this writing, the curb weight of base model is only known for ID.3, which stands at 3790 lbs. Dividing the weight by horsepower gives us 25.6 power-to-weight ratio for VW ID.3 Pure. The lowest rated Model 3 Standard with 12.8 power-to-weight ratio is exactly half of ID.3.

Top Speed

The top speed of ID.3 is electronically limited to 100 miles per hour.

Cargo Space

VW ID.3 offers 13.6 cubic feet of cargo volume behind second row seats, its a good amount of space considering its a hatchback.

Exterior Dimensions

VW ID.3 is 167.8 inch long, 71.2 inch wide and 61.1 inch tall, with a wheelbase of 108.9 inch. Model 3 is 184.8 inch long, 72.8 inch wide and 56.8 inch tall, with a wheelbase of 113.2 inch.

Price

Volkswagen hasn’t disclosed exact prices for ID.3 yet, but they did make a press release which stated that the starting price of Pure will be less than 30,000 euros, and less than 40,000 euros for the mid range Pro version — which translates to about $32,500 and $43,500 respectively at current exchange rate. Exact prices are expected to be revealed by summer 2020.

But, it seems Volkswagen hasn’t been entirely forthcoming about the price range. The highly publicized prices turns out to be after government incentives. The Republic of Ireland’s leading newspaper, The Irish Times published an article, that covered a local launch event for ID.3 mid range Pro model. The newspaper mentions, “Its mass appeal will be limited by its price tag: starting at just under €40,000 for the introductory 1st edition model, a price that’s inclusive of the €10,000 in Government grants.” The promotional specifications displayed by Volkswagen at the event included a small disclaimer at the bottom, “Prices are Net of Private customer grants and subject to final confirmation.”

Therefore, the real starting price, excluding of all incentives, is around 40,000 euros for base Pure model, and 50,000 euros for mid range Pro model — which translates to about $43,500 and $54,000 (US dollars) respectively, at current exchange rate. There are no price estimates for the top of the line VW Pro S model at this time, but it should be within $60,000 to $65,000 price range. Model 3 price can vary between countries in Europe, so as an example, Ireland price inclusive of government subsidies is compared in the chart.

Interior

There are no buttons or knobs on Model 3, everything is operated from 15.4-inch touch screen — a fact disliked by many — but it seems this is where automotive industry is headed. At first glance, you will find plenty of buttons on VW ID.3 below the 10-inch touch screen, but they are not physical buttons. They’re all touch sensitive with haptic feedback. The only physical switches are for the electric windows. But the lack of instrument cluster on Model 3 is a major drawback, inconveniencing drivers to look at center screen when checking speed. ID.3’s interior is more elegant, functional and is simply better to look at.

Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)

Tesla Model 3 comes standard with industry leading semi-autonomous Autopilot system on all models except the Standard Range. Features include lane centering, adaptive cruise control, self-parking, auto lane changing and steering on highways, collision avoidance system, and the ability to summon the car to and from a garage or parking spot. But many of these features are degraded in European models. Also, it doesn’t have 360-degree bird’s eye view.

VW ID.3 offers similar features to Tesla (in Europe), including adaptive cruise control, collision avoidance system, lane assist with auto corrective steering, rear traffic alerts, blind spot monitor and 360-degree bird’s eye view.

Contact the author: willismcguire@wheelsjoint.com



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Marc
Marc
1 year ago
Reply to  Willis McGuire

They’re still wrong. The base model id is €30k minus €6500 government grant.

Marc
Marc
1 year ago
Reply to  Willis McGuire

Yes €30k. That’s what I said, minus the €6500 grant in France.

Bill
Bill
1 year ago

There’s an issue with your price comparison. You’re comparing the EU price of the ID.3 to the US price of the Model 3. You should probably compare the EU price of the ID.3 to the EU price of the Model 3, since no consumer will ever be in the position of deciding between purchasing an ID.3 in EU and a Model in the US.

Converting to US dollars, Model 3 prices, in Germany for instance, start at $47,716 for SR+, $58,346 for Long Range and $65,071 for the Performance.

Jin
Jin
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill

Model 3 is more expensive in Europe due to import taxes. I think fair price comparison would be after Giga Berlin starts local production.

Paavo
Paavo
1 year ago
Reply to  Jin

And the VAT is here in Europe and that increases the price of Tesla compared with US prices of Tesla.
…..and I’ve owned a couple of Golfs and it never rained inside unlike what happens with my friends Model 3 💀

TeslaSWE
TeslaSWE
1 year ago
Reply to  Paavo

Good comparision until the prices ! It is very difficult apparently for Americans to understand that prices i EU are always (by law) with all taxes (VAT, which is high in EU 17-25%) and is US the taxes are added on top of the price (MSRP). The story from Ireland, dont know if this true or not, but VW has announced prices in Denmark and Sweden. So lets see:
Denmark ID.3 First 335.000 ddk (49.000 €), ID.3 base model 280.000 dkk. (37.000€) Tesla models in Denmark (convert dirctly) SR+ 50.000€! LR 61.000€! P 67.000€!
Sweden, ID.3 base, 350.000 sek, (33.000€),
Tesla, SR+ 52.000€, LR 63.000€, P 66.000€
In Denmark no extra cash subsidies, all EV has reduced registration tax, normal is sky high.
Sweden, all EV get 60.000 sek cash back from the state (5.700€). Both prices above is before the cash back, you have to wait 6 months before it is paid out.
The two cars are not in the same price bracket! If you go for the base model, the difference is in Denmark 13.000€ and in Sweden 19.000€!!

Marc
Marc
1 year ago
Reply to  TeslaSWE

The id is €24k here in France. Half the price of the model 3.

Mattster
Mattster
1 year ago
Reply to  Paavo

I can do statistics just as well as you: two Tesla on my street and neither leaks. So that’s all good.

Meantime 99.9%* of all golfs (yes I’ve owned them too) spew poisonous gases.

* ok I’ll confess 0.1% eGolfs was a complete guess.

Ddd@yaphoo.com
Ddd@yaphoo.com
1 year ago
Reply to  Mattster

How come Tesla battery is green?

Thomas Reitinger
Thomas Reitinger
1 year ago
Reply to  Ddd@yaphoo.com

The Tesla gigafactory runs with power from a nearby wind park + solar installation from the roof of the building. 🙂

That’s why articles sh***ing on EV batteries always write something to the effect of “an EV battery with a capacity of 100kWh *LIKE* IN THE MODEL S” produces so and so many tons of CO2.. (insert multiplication for a value with 79% Chinese power mix CO2 footprint).

There is no Chinese Power Mix anywhere near a Tesla battery factory.

Ben
Ben
11 months ago

There is a power-mix for charging the battery in use though. Which is not fully renewable anywhere. We are talking about moving emissions from the tail-pipe somewhere else. At least for now.

themetalmystic
themetalmystic
10 months ago

you can’t run a factory off of sun and wind. The power supplied is intermittent and thus unreliable. All of such unreliable power is backed up by fossil fuel based power (coal or natural gas). Check out the Human Flourishing Project for more information about the source and cost of energy.

Alex Murray
Alex Murray
1 year ago
Reply to  Jin

I disagree. Vw are price gauging as they have a full order book. By the time the Gigafactory Berlin is built the id3 will be cheaper the Seat and Skoda varients will also be out and probably both cheaper and also very similar.

So currently you can compare known EU prices to known EU prices. GigaBerlin will definitely make the model 3 cheaper. Currently Tesla do not see the standard range model 3 in Europe only Standard plus. It is expensive. So expensive that here in the UK you have to pay an annual luxury car tax. This will not be the case with the id3.

Dont get me wrong the Tesla is a way better vehicle. The id3 is fundamentally flawed e.g if you buy it with the largest battery pack you can not have 5 seats only 4, and no roof rack, or glass roof option or rear mounted bike racks as these will make the car too heavy. Surely a massive design flaw.

Troy Savary
Troy Savary
1 year ago
Reply to  Alex Murray

Dumbass Tesla fanboy FUD. There is a glass roof option and a roof rack option, just not together. If you want a roof rack on the glass roof, you will need one of the aftermarket suction vip mounted roof racks, just lije on a Tesla. Also, rear mounted bije rack simply mount on the trailer hitch mount. So unless the ID.3 does not have a trailering package, that claim is wrong too.

Marc
Marc
1 year ago

Having re read this article again, it’s clear there are several issues. Firstly the VW has more usable cargo space than the model 3. This was shown in the ‘banana box’ test. Secondly the price is half of the Tesla, I have already mentioned that. Thirdly the range. It has recently been proven numerous times that Tesla does not achieve its stated range whilst VW products do. Look at the Taycan vs Raven test recently. The Taycan was more efficient. The other thing worth noting is the difference in quality between the two cars. The VW has a much nicer fit and finish, as can been seen clearly in the photos above.

Paulo de Almeida
Paulo de Almeida
1 year ago

Bu*****t !!!
Driving Range:
– ID.3 Pure = 330km !!! Price 29.000€
– Moldel 3 Standard = THIS DOES NOT EXIST!!!
ID.3 Pro = 420m ! Price 36.000€
– Moldel 3 SR+ = 380km ! Price 49.000€
– ID.3 Pro S = 550km ! Price 43.000€
– Moldel 3 Long Range = 530km (after last update) ! Price 61.000€
DC Charging Speed (km per 30 min that is the STANDARD MEASURE USED!!!):
– ID.3 Pure = 260km in 30min charge
– Moldel 3 Standard = THIS DOES NOT EXIST!!!
– ID.3 Pro = 295km in 30min (charge curve of the ID.3 is constant like in the Etron)
– Moldel 3 SR+ = 300km in 30min (rapidly decreasing charge curve)

– ID.3 Pro S = 440km in 30min (charge curve of the ID.3 is constant like in the Etron)
– Moldel 3 Long Range = 400km in 30min (rapidly decreasing charge curve)
AC Charging Speed (miles per hour):
– All ID.3 can AC charge at 11kW !!!
– Model 3 SR CAN ONLY DO 7,2kW !!! No upgrade option !!!

Cargo Space:
– ID.3 total 27 cu.ft – it’s a hatchback and that makes it a LOT more versatile !!
– Model 3 total limited to 15 cu.ft
– ID.3 boot – 385 litres
– Mode 3 boot – 348 litres
– ID.3 boot space without bottom shelf – 415 litres
– Model 3 boot space + frunc space – 424 litres
– ID.3 boot space without bottom shelf and top shelf – 730 litres

Price – There are no prices for the ID.3 in USD, so all info in this site is FALSE !!!!
But the prices in Euros, that whats matter since the ID.3 is only for the EU market are:
– ID.3 Pure 330km – 29.900€
– Model 3 Standard -DOES NOT EXISTE!
– ID.3 Pro 420km – 35.900€
– Model 3 SR+ 380km – 49.000€
– ID.3 Pro S 550km – 43.000€
– Model 3 Long Range 530km – 61.000€

Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)
– Mode 3 Standard – DOES NOT EXIST !
– All Mode 3 ONLY COMES WITH ‘autpilot’ that is nothing more than an adaptive cruise control with lane assist !!! The extra “self-parking, auto lane changing and steering on highways,” costa an extra 6.500€ !!!
The basic ID.3 with Adaptive Cruise control with Stop and Go and Lane Assist DOES EXACTALY THE SAME THAT ‘autopilot’ does !!! And the ID.3 costs 35.900€ !!!! THAT IS LESS 14.000€ then a Model 3 with exactly the same technology!!!
The ID.3 Max that costs 49.000€ DOES HAVE LEVEL 3 Autonomous Driving hardware !!!!

Now, since you want to talk about technology, here are some things that the ID.3 offers and that DOES not exist on the Model 3:
– Heat pump
– LED Matrix Adaptive headlights
– Augmented reality Heads Up Display
– FULL LED interior and exterior lamps
– Dual system battery cooling circuit with DEDICATED chiller and radiator (Model 3 uses shared AC to cool battery and cabin and it can’t keep with in a hot southern summer)
– Natural and country language dependent voice commands and responses
– 0.3G regenerative deceleration
– Emergency calls
– Emergency calls in the event of a collision
– Panoramic roof curtain
– 12 volts outlets in the boot
– Ski hatch
– More interior space for passengers
– ISOFIX on the front seat
– etc, etc

Almond Soup
Almond Soup
1 year ago

Stop lying about price, go read the Irish Times article linked in price section. VW is clearly advertising €40,000 price for mid model after deducting customer subsidies by government. SO ITS €50,000 actual price…. soooo overpriced. And you’re comparing nonsubsidised price of European Model 3 with subsidized id3.

Marc
Marc
1 year ago
Reply to  Almond Soup

€24k starting price in France. £22k in the UK.

Nic
Nic
1 year ago
Reply to  Almond Soup

That Irish Times article is just wrong as the incentive in Ireland is €5,000. In fact none of the major European countries have subsidies higher than €5,000. And Tesla also quotes it’s prices in each country net of the EV incentive scheme.

Leon
Leon
1 year ago
Reply to  Nic

lol, Irish Times is not wrong, you’re wrong. According to official Ireland government website. Its €10,000 total subsidy.
“In addition, these vehicles also qualify for VRT relief of up to 5,000 euro for a BEV and 2,500 euro for a PHEV, providing a maximum combined subsidy (grant + VRT relief) of 10,000 euro for BEVs and 7,500 euro for PHEVs. Grants are accessed via the dealer.”
Source: https://www.gov.ie/en/service/electric-vehicle-grant-scheme/

Marc
Marc
1 year ago
Reply to  Nic

€6500 in France.

Marc
Marc
1 year ago
Reply to  Almond Soup

Could you please tell how you think the id is subsidised and the model 3 is not?

Sergiy
Sergiy
8 months ago

Have you already bought it and driven it? Or you are just reading from the VW dealership booklet?

Marc
Marc
1 year ago

The price is the deciding factor here. The id is €24k in Europe which is half the price of the model 3. No competition.

Ridiculous
Ridiculous
6 months ago

Why do you Americans always talk about horsepower instead of just power? The physical quantity is “power”, just like “torque”. It’s not horsetorque. Horsepower is a unit of power just like a watt. The POWER of a car is xxx hp or yyy kW.

RobTRob
RobTRob
1 year ago

LMAO! I see more VWs on the road with burnt out headlights and taillights than any other car. The VW owners I’ve known over the years constantly complained that their cars were plagued with electrical gremlins (power windows, seats, sound systems…) I wouldn’t buy an all electric VW for any price!!! On the positive side, at least they can’t cheat on emissions testing like their ICE cars.

Marc
Marc
1 year ago
Reply to  RobTRob

Is that you Elon?

Troy Savary
Troy Savary
1 year ago
Reply to  RobTRob

You can always tell when Teslarati readers find other car websites and channels. You all spew the same talking points.