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Just wondering why the bonnet isn't longer on the ID3, rather than having the black hump?

Presumably it houses the leaf guard and wiper motors - is it attached to the bonnet or the main body of the car below the windscreen.

Just seems an odd choice vs longer bonnet unless it's a critical part of an aerodynamic design.
 

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Just wondering why the bonnet isn't longer on the ID3, rather than having the black hump?

Presumably it houses the leaf guard and wiper motors - is it attached to the bonnet or the main body of the car below the windscreen.

Just seems an odd choice vs longer bonnet unless it's a critical part of an aerodynamic design.
A lot of comments were made about that when the design first broke cover, various theories, apart from just styling.

One of the favoured theories was it’s for pedestrian head impact protection, which makes sense given where it is?
 

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Very handy that slider. I still prefer the look of the ID3, hump and all. That's surprising to me as most of my cars have been aggressive looking VW hot hatches and the ID3 doesn't look aggressive at all (although the front end does look like a storm trooper's helmet in white, so maybe that's the appeal?
 

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The reason for the ugly hump is probably the same reason the interior plastics are very sub par. Its purposely done to make the car less attractive to Golf buyers.

When VW are ready to start decimating Golf sales for more EV sales, it'll get a much better quality interior and the bonnet will get a re-design, but for now they need to keep selling large volumes of ICE.
 

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In my opinion it's simply a style thing to make the bonnet look even shorter.

So everyone on this thread thinks it looks ugly (except me). VW's design committee thinks it looks good/modern.

Each to his own!
VW know full well how to make an attractive car. The hump is a strategic decision, purposefully there to make it less attractive. There is precious little to entice a Golf buyer to stick with Golf now the ID3 is here. Bonnet hump messed up styling and a cheap interior keep the ID3 in early adopter territory (for now!) The Seat version gets a normal, nice looking bonnet treatment as on the whole Golf buyers won't switch to Seat en mass so it's no threat.
 

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If VW are trying desperately to keep Golf sales going strong, why did they make the MK8 look a bit ugly and incorporate so many cost savings? The MK7.is a much better car IMO.

I can't see the appeal of the Golf over the ID3 in the non-performance variants, but someone wanting major performance and driving dynamics is still going to opt for an R or GTI. For every one of those sold they'll need an ID3 sold to offset it.
 

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So maybe the dodgy software was all part of their careful masterplan as well? :)
No, that'll just be good old fashioned incompetence ;)
 

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If VW are trying desperately to keep Golf sales going strong, why did they make the MK8 look a bit ugly and incorporate so many cost savings? The MK7.is a much better car IMO.

I can't see the appeal of the Golf over the ID3 in the non-performance variants, but someone wanting major performance and driving dynamics is still going to opt for an R or GTI. For every one of those sold they'll need an ID3 sold to offset it.
Its interesting to see the Cupra Born version, thats touted to start at about £40k and is supposed to be more of a GTI type car, has a woeful 0 to 62 time (less than my budget, family car ZS EV!) and top speed. Looks like VW group are making sure not to encroach on high end Golf sales either!
 

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Its interesting to see the Cupra Born version, thats touted to start at about £40k and is supposed to be more of a GTI type car, has a woeful 0 to 62 time (less than my budget, family car ZS EV!) and top speed. Looks like VW group are making sure not to encroach on high end Golf sales either!
This I very much doubt. MG's website lists the 0-60 time for the ZS EV as 8.2 seconds. The Cupra Born is basically an ID.3. The 204PS ID.3 does 0-62 in 7.3 seconds, and the lower output 145PS model in 9.6. I very much doubt that they're going to be selling the 145PS model as a 'performance' version...
 

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The reason for the ugly hump is probably the same reason the interior plastics are very sub par. Its purposely done to make the car less attractive to Golf buyers.

When VW are ready to start decimating Golf sales for more EV sales, it'll get a much better quality interior and the bonnet will get a re-design, but for now they need to keep selling large volumes of ICE.
You should go spend some time driving a Mk 8 Golf and get back to us. 😂👍

I drove one for just over a week a few weeks back, same interior screens and very similar software, a few more soft touch plastics, and some nicer seats, but not much else.

As somebody who has purchased every Mk Golf since v1, including the halves, the ID.3 has cannibalised at least one Golf sale here.
 
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