Should you wait to buy a Volkswagen ID.3 Hatchback?

Yes, if you're after what is likely to be the hottest electric car ticket in town in 2020. Buyers who place a deposit with Volkswagen for one of the initial 1st edition models will be able to ask for a refund up until early 2020, and it will be interesting to see how many do that. At that point, they’ll be asked to finalise their order – while public order books will open for the first time, too. It's likely to offer a plusher passenger experience than the Nissan Leaf and should be better to drive than both the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro.

As you've only got the mid-sized battery available, the choice is which version to pick from 1st, 1st Plus and 1st Max. Based on the provisional equipment lists, 1st Plus looks to be the sweet spot with 19-inch alloys, adaptive cruise control, keyless locking and starting and LED matrix lights. If it's available as an option, the Max's panoramic glass roof would be a welcome feature to make it even airier in the cabin.

It's also worth bearing in mind that cars will also include 2,000kWh of free fast charging during the first year of ownership, but Volkswagen UK is still finalising what other points will be tied to the allowance. As a vehicle to re-establish Volkswagen as a front-runner in the rapidly-growing EV market, the ID.3 is looking very promising indeed.

Keep this page bookmarked for our forthcoming full review as Parkers will be one of the first titles to drive the all-new Volkswagen ID.3

Turquoise 2020 Volkswagen ID.3 Hatchback front three-quarter in the foreground and a white 2020 Volkswagen ID.3 Hatchback rear three-quarter in the background

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