THE FU­TURE

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BMW i3

The BMW i3 made our en­tire of­fice of 4×4 fa­nat­ics sit up and take no­tice.

It was our first en­counter with an elec­tric ve­hi­cle and we never grew tired of the in­stant torque, mod­ern in­te­rior lay­out and, most im­por­tantly, not pay­ing for fuel.

The i3 was quite ex­pen­sive when it was launched but pric­ing has dropped to a point where it makes sense to pur­chase one as a sec­ond ve­hi­cle. Once again, it’s a case of leaving the X5 parked dur­ing the week, while you go about your busi­ness in silent lux­ury.

It’s en­ter­tain­ing, too, and able to sprint to 100km/h in less than eight sec­onds. Imag­ine the look on all the boy rac­ers’ faces when you de­stroy them in a tiny elec­tric BMW.

The third car in BMW’s i line-up is go­ing to be an SUV, based on the cur­rent X3. In essence, BMW is com­bined two of our cur­rent favourite cars and we can’t wait.

Price: r449 000 Year: 2017 en­gine: elec­tric mo­tor + range ex­tend­ing en­gine Mileage: 28 000km

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