A flavor of what will happen to the ID.4. While a car's exterior is essential (no one likes to ride an hideous vehicle), you waste most of your moment in the interior. While the ID.3's power train (electric) and design (a smoother Golf) is what individuals originally believe of when they see the vehicle, it's worth looking at that brand new infotainment scheme and layout. So we were walking and looking at it.
It is essential to remember (again) that the U.S. ID.3 (boo) is not coming. But, more than probable, the design we see in this vehicle will end up in the ID.4. Or at least a very near version of it is going to appear on the state side.
Either way, Volkswagen has created a smooth, user-friendly and, more importantly, easy-to-understand scheme that should deliver what individuals are most concerned about while driving.
When you sit in the ID.3, its tidy structure exudes its infotainment scheme. Most of this is related to the white backdrop and flying screens. A 10-inch touchscreen floating above the dashboard is the middle screen.
Two home displays comprise the most user features while a third has a tablet-like design of all accessible choices. With very little latency, navigation was mostly fast. There were a few moments when taps or swipes were not answered by the system. Chances are it's more of a pre-production problem than anything else.
Simple weather controls with touch sensitive buttons are under the screen. Users can click to increase or decrease the temperature or tap and continue to change the heat or humidity and shift their finger position or right. At the bottom of the "buttons" there are small bumps, so if you want to cool the vehicle down without needing to take your gaze off the highway, this should assist.
In the touch screen there are more solid checks. But apart from the normal hot, cold, fan velocity etcetera, Volkswagen introduced more conversational-type checks like "cool legs" or "warm palms."
It's a good touch and demonstrates that car manufacturers are nearer to knowing how real people believe. The automaker also adds a speech attendant to that impact. The word wake "Hey ID" provides access to navigation, climate control, media, and other features.
Two mics in the car's roof assist the mechanism determine who's speaking, so if the customer says they're too warm, their temperature will only be adjusted.
One interesting aspect not on other cars is the ID Light, which is fundamentally an LED strip placed just below the window. By showing you when to turn, giving you loading status and flash yellow when you need to change the brakes, it can assist with navigation.
As cyclists get used to it, we can see that sharing easy (but sometimes essential) data is a helpful method without the rider taking their eyes off the highway. Meanwhile, Volkswagen uses touch-sensitive controls for ADAS and media controls on the steering wheel behind the real wheel.
You can change the panel cluster perspective with the buttons on the left. Swipe between navigation, velocity or ADAS toggles between left and right. Although the speedometer is always noticeable, it is possible to swip ADAS and navigation back.
Driving modes can be chosen with a fast swipe on the left side of the steering wheel. This is a much stronger answer than a button in the middle console or on the wheel as someone who shifts driving modes quite a lot while cruising around.
While the touch-sensitive buttons are theoretically cool, trying them out on the highway will be exciting. It may not be as new as VW expects it will be without any actual physical feedback from your behavior on the steering wheel.
Overall, however, the ID.3 interior is pretty big for the size of a vehicle and I had no difficulty getting in the back seat while others were in the front. Like the showcase, the vehicle looks light and airy and introduces itself as a bigger vehicle in the interior.
Again, it's important to point out that we won't get this vehicle in the United States. But it's Volkswagen's first MEB platform car and what's going on here will permeate the remainder of the line up to come. But we're going to wait for the ID.4 to be accessible in the US in 2020 for now.