The demand for electric vehicles, especially in the UK, has risen dramatically. There has been a lot of talk about the air quality, especially in London, and several measures are being taken to reduce the amount of air pollution. One such step is promoting the usage of electric vehicles by the government and several private car hire companies. Electric vehicles of different brands are increasingly being seen on the streets of London; among them are the Volkswagen ID.3 and ID.4.
Volkswagen’s electric car family has become an instant hit among electric car enthusiasts. Their ID.3 was the first electric vehicle to launch Volkswagen on the path of going toward battery-powered cars. The success of Volkswagen ID.3 has led the company to create more electric cars like ID.4 and ID.5
As of now, ID.3 and ID.4 are the Volkswagen’s leading electric vehicles. There are several praiseworthy features of both vehicles and some places where Volkswagen could have given more effort. Read on to find a brief analysis on both vehicles.
Volkswagen ID.3 comes in various trim levels and battery variants, the Life trim being the most common one. This trim has a battery pack of 58kWh, enabling it to travel up to 262 miles. Following are some of the features of Volkswagen ID.3
From the first glance, it is apparent that the Volkswagen ID.3 has an impressive storage capacity. Equipped with five doors and five seats, there is ample space and ease in getting in and out of the car and seating yourself comfortably. There are some cubby storages and cupholders placed here and there, which will always be useful, no matter what.
The streamlined design, along with the commonly used grey and silver colours, makes for a classy and elegant appearance. The futuristic design is further enhanced by the optional front Matrix LED headlights and the redesigned Volkswagen logo.
For ID.3’s cabin, Volkswagen has gone for minimalism. It is fitted with a 10-inch infotainment system featured prominently on the dashboard. The ambient lighting is comprised of ten different standard colours (30 optional ones). The interior is designed to give a breathy, comfortable feeling.
Being an electric vehicle, it already offers an above-average performance. Base trims, equipped with a 45kWh power pack, can go to a maximum distance of 200 miles, while the highest trim having a 77kWh battery, can exceed 330 miles of range, giving even Tesla tough competition.
Volkswagen ID.4, unlike the ID.3, has a crossover SUV design. It received a slight upgrade in its maximum range after being fully charged. The features of Volkswagen ID.4 are given below.
Behind the rear seats, Volkswagen ID.4 features an astonishing 30 cubic feet of storage space. When the rear seats are folded, it has a total capacity of 64 cubic feet which is quite astonishing. However, the cargo floor is quite high, which would give a little difficulty when loading heavy items.
With the crossover SUV look, Volkswagen ID.4 has a slightly bulkier look than ID.3, which doesn’t quite hit the mark. It isn’t as streamlined as the ID.3 either, and the extra size can prove problematic for driving on narrow streets or when you have lots of traffic.
Similar to ID.3, Volkswagen ID.4 features a 10-inch touch screen and a variety of infotainment gadgets. However, the controls of the infotainment system will take some time getting used to as there are no knobs for some features like audio. The touchscreen has a slower response than usual, and some functions, as basic as lowering windows, take an additional step that may bother the driver.
Volkswagen ID.4 gives a stellar performance in all its trims. The 201 bph Pro Performance battery pack can give an acceleration of 0-60 mph in almost 8 seconds, which is relatively slower than most KIA or Tesla electric vehicles.
What Makes Volkswagen ID.3 a Great PCO Vehicle?
For a truly remarkable experience of a PCO vehicle, there is ample evidence to suggest Volkswagen ID.3 is the better choice. First of all, if this electric car is fitted with a 58kWh battery, it would take around 35 minutes to be fully charged. This suits PCO drivers as they can have their lunch breaks while their ID.3 is charging.
Volkswagen ID.3 gives a comfortable and quiet ride which is perfect for passengers. The design is futuristic and not overdone, which already sets a good impression. But perhaps, the most impressive yet subtle feature is its optimum size. PCO drivers having Volkswagen ID.3 should have no difficulty in driving around London, especially if you have to drop passengers on narrow streets.
There are tons of driver assistance features that will instantly alert the PCO driver should there be any mishaps. Volkswagen ID.3 has front and rear parking sensors, which allows for easier and smoother parking. Furthermore, safety system features include Lane Assist and Front Assist. Front Assist is an emergency braking system that keeps a lookout for pedestrians and cyclists ahead.
For PCO driving, nothing is more important than satisfying the clients. The rear seats are slightly higher, which gives the passengers an excellent view ahead while also having a lot of space. Cupholders and cubby storages provide an additional
PCO drivers will appreciate its driving range of up to 300 miles with the right model and battery pack. Greater driving distance with a short battery recharging time make for an increased number of trips.
Both Volkswagen ID.3 and ID.4 are admirable choices when it comes to electric vehicles. They both deliver remarkable performance and feature a host of numerous technological features. However, Volkswagen ID.3 is the recommended choice for PCO drivers because its features are more geared towards comfort and experience rather than a bold appearance. While ID.4 isn’t a bad choice, PCO drivers are likely to opt for ID.3 as it is more suited to their needs and requirements.