Unless it changes with EVs, most manufacturers are on a 6-7 year life cycle, with a mid life refresh.And what do you think the major changes will be (if any)!
Will they wait until solid state batteries are available??
The better seats seem available in some markets already - they are much sportier with integrated headrests. As far as I can tell, they are the same seats that come with the ID4 Max.Unless it changes with EVs, most manufacturers are on a 6-7 year life cycle, with a mid life refresh.
On that basis I wouldn’t expect any significant changes until the 2023 model year. But, I’m guessing just like everybody else really!
What would I like to see?
Some kind of ‘sport’ version, with better seats. A performance hike for the cooking models would be good, or at least the option for a bit more if you’re not that bothered about efficiency/max miles per kWh.
An all wheel drive version would be good too, but technically more challenging in the ID.3, although I’m sure it wouldn’t take much to accommodate it. I hope they do, and even if my next car isn’t an ID.3 or even a VW, I don’t think you should have to get an SUV to get the benefits of AWD.
From todays experience it's far from good enough to steer around a corner, it will (just about) nudge you between the white lines (on a motorway).I think they already have this on the higher spec models, Travel Assist it’s called?
It’s more than the basic Lane Assist.
Do you have Travel Assist on your car then, or just the normal Lane Assist?From todays experience it's far from good enough to steer around a corner, it will (just about) nudge you between the white lines (on a motorway).
Honestly, I don’t think there’s much difference between the interior quality of the ID.3 and our M3 LR?Surely the major upgrade will be interior quality including plastics, seats and infotainment/interfaces? I’d be surprised if they wait more than a couple of years to sort these out as they’re the key things putting people off.
It's a Tour so comes as std with:Do you have Travel Assist on your car then, or just the normal Lane Assist?
They’re quite different beasts, there’s an ID.4 demo on YT somewhere that demonstrates the difference.
It looked a very capable system on the video, compared to the basic Lane Assist anyway, but the demo was on dual carriageways and junctions.It's a Tour so comes as std with:
Assistance pack plus:
Illuminated door handles
Keyless entry including Start/Stop button on centre console – Proactive occupant protection
Not sure they'll upgrade the door cards- everything VW has had a downgrade lately. Not sure if they're experimenting how low they can go and be tolerated, or whether they were stepping on Audis toes too much. The Golf 8 is a little worse than 7.5, Polo 6 door cards are very cheap, T-Roc is a real showcase of cheapness...Surely the major upgrade will be interior quality including plastics, seats and infotainment/interfaces? I’d be surprised if they wait more than a couple of years to sort these out as they’re the key things putting people off
Just had my first longish trip in my Max and it did steer around bends on single carriageway A roads and motorways. I just kept light touch on the steering wheel - a bit spooky but I got used to quickly. Only works when you've pressed the travel assist button and the lane indicators turn green.Only tried it on the motorway so far, the mrs was panicking as it was almost on the hard shoulder before the car steered away from the line.
On my 2015 Škoda Superb it was a pretty amazing bit of kit and would keep you in the middle of the lane, so I had high hopes of it being just as useful on the Tour, currently it isn't.
Yes, I find travel assist works very well, in all areas where road marking are clear. It does go much further than lane assist, it also starts and stops properly in queues, rather than disengage after a few seconds.I think they already have this on the higher spec models, Travel Assist it’s called?
It’s more than the basic Lane Assist.
I do think that the lack of rear speakers is a ridiculous omission that would cost them coppers to implement but a significant amount to retrofit (hundreds). I wonder whether the cheapest option here would be for front L and front R wiring to each be spliced/split into fron/rear L and front/rear R if you're not wanting to have front L and R blasting. Surmising it would require no coding doing it that way.At the risk of diverting to a thread on interior...
We really like the interior and seats of our 1st Edition. Minimalist bright, roomy, airy. Seats comfortable on long journeys without squeezing you into a bucket seat you will never use re hard cornering etc.
Clearly the infotainment screen and light cluster need redesign and a few more switches like steering wheel heater on the actual steering wheel would be good.
Rear speakers standard also needed.
Full parking assist would be a real plus.