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VW’s previous management might be the auto industry’s black hats after the diesel emissions scandal of 2015, but sweeping changes have been made at the Wolfsburg-based company with two new factories in Europe to build cars and batteries, £54 billion (€60 billion) of investment in the next four years and effectively splitting the company in half; battery electric, and everything else.

Certainly, it’s an ambitious plan. The rear-wheel drive, largely aluminium MEB platform under the ID.3 will be shared among the VW Group marques including Audi and will also be licenced to Ford.

Try to forget comparisons with Tesla’s Model 3, as the ID.3 is a smaller family hatchback, shorter, wider and taller than a Golf. It has a decent turn of speed, isn’t stupidly fast and rides really well. The First Edition 58kWh model has a range of 265 miles, does 0-62mph in 7.3sec and tops out at 100mph, with a highly respectable 4.57 miles per kW efficiency rating. 

It doesn’t look like a Golf, it isn’t as nice inside as a Golf and, at £38,880 without the Government plug-in grant, it’s far more expensive than a Golf, but it’s good to drive, has some really clever thinking inside. If this is what we’re going to have to drive in the future, if you can afford it the ID.3 will fit the bill nicely.

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