With the 77-kWh battery, the ID.3 goes from a 5- to a 4-seater.
According to VW, the car’s weight classification is to blame.
This could very well be an issue for potential buyers who intend to carpool with their new Volkswagen ID.3, for example. At first, it was thought to be a flaw but in reality, there’s a good reason behind this configuration.
The all-new Volkswagen ID.3, the first compact all-electric car from VW’s new ID. family of EVs has proven to be extremely popular in many European countries. The growing and ongoing interest in the car has brought a detail to light, as reported by teslamag.de. Base and mid-range models, respectively equipped with 45-kWh and 58-kWh battery packs, are capable of carrying five passengers. The ID.3’s top model, the one with the 77-kWh battery, can seat only four passengers.
A Volkswagen spokesperson reached out to teslamag.de and explained that only four passengers are allowed on board because of existing classifications and total weight regulations. He also added that 58-kWh versions should become the volume models.
If there were fears that Volkswagen had overlooked a detail or made a mistake, given that the MEB platform on which the ID.3 is slated to underpin many other and larger EVs in the near future, they’ve been put to rest.