What is it?
As the flagship model in the Volkswagen ID 3 line-up, this new Tour Pro S invites buyers to ask a big question: how much are you prepared to pay for extra range?
Housed in the flat floor of the Tour Pro S is a substantial 77kWh battery, the largest of three sizes available for the ID 3, which gives the model a hefty official range of 336 miles.
That’s a substantial and useful increase on the 217 and 263 miles you’ll get from the smaller 45kWh and 58kWh batteries also offered for the hatch. But, predictably, it comes at a cost: with help from government grants, the cheapest 45kWh ID 3 is available for £29,620; by contrast, our Tour Pro S test car costs £41,400, in part because it sits well above the government grant threshold.
What's it like?
To be clear, that extra cost isn’t all down to the batteries. As the top spec, Tour trim ID 3 models come loaded with kit including 19in wheels as standard (our test car had optional 20in alloys), dual zone air con, keyless entry and up to 125kW rapid charging - although you’ll only find two proper seats in the back.
It also comes with Volkswagen's new augmented-reality head-up display, which projects navigation details and other information onto a much wider section of window. Once you adjust to it it’s a near system, if not quite yet game-changing technology.
The ID 3 hides the extra heft of the 77kWh battery – nearly 200kg more than a 58kWh ID 3 – well, and there’s little trade-off in ride or performance for that extra range. Unlike the Max trim the Pro S doesn’t have adaptive dampers, but despite that and the 19in wheels the ride remains decent, if not exactly dynamic.