When the German manufacturer first announced the ID.3 and its three battery options (48 kWh, 58 kWh and 82 kWh), it turned out that only the two first would be 5-seaters. The larger battery version was a 4-seater (without panoramic roof option), reportedly because of the weight limitation.
It was not good news for the all-electric compact, but now it seems that the issue was somehow solved, as the German configurator offers a 5-seat, 82 kWh battery version (77 kW usable).
Three ID.3 (82 kWh) versions are offered, but only one with five seats:
We have no idea how the problem was solved (if the weight was the limitation) - it could be anything from higher energy-dense cells, through a slimming treatment or removal of the most weight-intense options for this version.
According to specs, the empty weight of Tour 5 is 1,928 kg, which is less than in the 4-seat Tour version (1,934 kg). The total weight might be up to 2,300 kg (compared to 2,280 kg in Tour).
Anyway, it's great to see that the long-range version is now a 5-seater as well.