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BMW i3 Who’s it for?

Those who care more about Mother Earth than they do about what they drive.

What makes it great?

The BMW i brand has es­tab­lished it­self as a pi­o­neer for for­ward- think­ing mo­bil­ity and the i3 has be­come the best- sell­ing elec­tric car in the pre­mium com­pact seg­ment. It has zero lo­cal emis­sions, there­fore guilt- free driv­ing all the way! And its dy­namic char­ac­ter means you look good driv­ing it too. It has a top speed of just 150km/ h, but who needs more when it ’s il­le­gal to drive past 120km/ h any­way. Charg­ing at home is ex­tremely user- friendly thanks to the BMW i Wall­box, which, in its most re­cent in­car­na­tion, can sup­ply 11kW of power to charge the high- volt­age bat­tery. This al­lows enough en­ergy for an elec­tric range of around 180km to be trans­ferred in un­der three hours – five times quicker than with the stan­dard charg­ing ca­ble. From R637 300

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Not only has it got a su­per- low fuel con­sump­tion of just 3.6 litres/ 100km, it also won’t break the bank at R307 900 brand new. It’s pow­ered by a 1.5-litre tur­bod­iesel en­gine so it’s no slow coach ei­ther. With re­gards to fuel con­sump­tion, it’s in line with the Ford Fi­esta – and we’re ea­gerly await­ing the new Fi­esta to hit our shores, so keep an eye out.

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