2023 VW ID.3: Everything we know in Jan 2023 [Update]

  • 2023 VW ID.3 to come with fixes for software and quality issues
  • Will feature a fresh exterior and a bigger touchscreen infotainment system
  • May not have major specification changes
  • Will debut in spring 2023 and go on sale in Q4 2023

Update: ‘Design’ section updated.

Launched in September 2020, the VW ID.3 hasn’t been a resounding success as Volkswagen expected. It’s selling in decent numbers (76,600 units in 2022, making it the VW Group’s second best-selling EV), but software glitches and quality issues have held back its true potential, and a facelift is in order to address the problems and bring improvements. Here’s everything we know about the 2023 VW ID.3:

Design

The design was never an issue in the ID.3. Volkswagen came up with an exterior that makes the car quite charming and friendly, with an appeal that’s very different from the well-established Golf. Inside, the ID.3 has a low-profile, high-tech design that gives it a more spacious and sophisticated look than the VW Golf. It’s worth noting that this pure-electric family car, while having the footprint of the Golf, offers the same room as the Passat.

While it may not seem from the teasers, according to a report auto motor und sport posted on December 2, 2022, Volkswagen has gone as far as to make body panel changes on the ID.3. The German publication was invited to see the 2023 ID.3, and notesd that the updated car has a new hood. It notes that the new ID.3 doesn’t have a black strip under the windshield and a honeycomb pattern on the front bumper. With the changes, the redesigned model looks longer and less van-like.

On the sides, the 2023 ID.3, unlike the current model, has trim (equipment line) branding on the front doors. A silver strip above the windows, which is optional in the current model, is a standard feature. The C-pillars doesn’t have a diamond-pattern film in a honeycomb look. At the rear, the only main change is that the section of the combination lamps that extends on the tailgate is a functional (illuminated) part.

Volkswagen will offer the 2023 ID.3 in three new colors: Dark Olivian Green Metallic (probably the one seen in the teasers), a shade of blue, and a shade of black.

We have created renderings to show the probable look of the ID.3. The front bumper has been recast without the honeycomb patterns. More aggressive C-shaped outer ends lend the new model a sportier style. New vertical air inlets tucked into these corner pieces aid the wide air intake, which is more compact.

Test mules spotted in Europe

The first spy photos of the 2023 ID.3 testing emerged on the web in January 2023. They show the EV with nearly no visible camouflage, driving in snowy conditions in Europe.

Supporting our renders, it looks like the honeycomb pattern has been replaced by sportier vertical intakes on the front bumper. Meanwhile, the spy shots show no honeycomb pattern on the C-pillars and the existence of a small hole in a panel just above the front license plate. Interestingly, the outgoing model doesn’t have that peculiarity. Given its location, we surmise VW could have integrated a camera module (separate from the one behind the windshield).

Interior

Inside, the 2023 VW ID.3 features a new 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system (replacing the 10-inch unit), new door cards, and upgraded, partly sustainable materials. The standard equipment is better and consists of the new 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a removable luggage compartment floor, and two cup holders in the center console.

auto motor und sport says the 2023 ID.3 has new air vents in the middle. Soft-touch surfaces on the cockpit and fabric or microfiber material on the door panels make the cabin appear more high-quality than the current model. For an added touch of interest, the seat covers and door panels have contrast stitching. A vegan leather ring surrounds the steering wheel, and it is an animal-free interior.

2023 VW ID.3 facelift interior dashboard rendering
The 2023 VW ID.3 will feature a bigger, 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system instead of the current 10-inch unit. TopElectricSUV’s rendering of the new model’s interior pictured.

Unfortunately, the new steering wheel with physical controls instead of touch control buttons that Volkswagen has confirmed for other cars might not be coming with this update. The same goes for the unlit touch sliders for adjusting the speaker volume and cabin temperature, which auto motor und sport says, won’t get a fix until 2024. That would be a shame if true, as correcting all issues is the point of the early facelift.

Unlike the current model year, the 2023 ID.3 will be optionally available with Travel Assist with Swarm Data and Park Assist Plus with Memory Function. The German publication says Volkswagen will offer it with a Beats audio system, probably the 395-watt unit from the Cupra Born.

Specifications

There’s no word on the changes to the specifications in the refreshed ID.3. We’re not expecting big news in this aspect, nothing more than efficiency-related improvements. Volkswagen already has a great package of power electronics, which it can comfortably carry over. The ID.3 is available in four variants, as detailed in the table below:

Aspect\SpecificationPure PerformanceProPro PerformancePro S
Battery Pack Capacity (Net)45 kWh58 kWh58 kWh77 kWh
Drivetrain LayoutRWDRWDRWDRWD
System Power110 kW (147 hp)107 kW (143 hp)150 kW (201 hp)150 kW (201 hp)
System Torque310 Nm (229 lb.-ft.)310 Nm (229 lb.-ft.)310 Nm (229 lb.-ft.)310 Nm (229 lb.-ft.)
Charging Power110 kW120 kW135 kW170 kW
Current VW ID.3 specifications (Source: Volkswagen)

The new VW ID.3 could have improved fast charging for lower wait times at the charging station. The current model allows charging at up to 170 kW (DC).

Price & Release Date

The 2023 VW ID.3 will debut in spring 2023 and go on sale in Germany in Q4 2023. Volkswagen says customers who order the car now should get the new ID.3, beginning in Q4 2023. Life Pro, Business Pro, Style Pro, Max Pro, and Tour Pro S are the available configurations, and prices start at EUR 43,995 (USD 46,716).

According to the auto motor und sport report, Volkswagen will add a sub-EUR 40,000 (USD 42,474) ID.3 configuration in 2023. We think that could be a new base trim in the Pure Performance variant.

Volkswagen sold 76,600 ID.3 units worldwide in 2022. In the sales figures published by the company on January 12, 2023, the ID.3 took second place in the VW Group’s EV sales. The addition of the SUV version mid-decade could help the ID.3 post higher numbers, and eclipse the VW ID.4, which is the VW Group’s highest-selling electric car globally.

TopElectricSUV says

The 2023 VW ID.3 might be almost the perfect daily driver for European customers, offering solid performance, great comfort and convenience, high energy efficiency, and great value for money overall. It’s a shame that the ID.3 is not in contention for the U.S., where customers are demanding spacious and SUV-type designs. And on that note, the the company is developing an VW ID.3 SUV which should see the light of day around 2025!

Also See: U.S.-bound VW ID.7 (Aero B) sedan: Everything we know

2023 VW ID.3 FAQs

What is the 2023 VW ID.3 release date?

The refreshed ID.3 will debut in spring 2023 and go on sale in Q4 2023.

What will be the 2023 VW ID.3 price?

The base 2023 VW ID.3 (45 kWh) could cost around EUR 32,000 (~USD 34,000).

Which cars will be 2023 VW ID.3 rivals?

The restyled 2023 VW ID.3 will compete with the Cupra Born, MG4 EV, and Nissan Leaf.

Featured image: TopElectricSUV’s rendering of the new ID.3