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ex­pe­ri­ences with the Jag i-Pace and Mini E was enough to con­vince me.

I’ve been run­ning a Mercedes E320 CDI Sport for the last 10 years, which com­fort­ably ex­ceeds 40mpg on a run and has a range of 500/600 miles. It’s fre­quently taken us the 340 miles from Hamp­shire to the Lake District, only need­ing a five-minute stop to top up on the way home. I dread to think how many recharges an EV would re­quire. My bud­get gave me a choice of the VW Ar­teon 272 or BMW 430i Gran Coupe. I tried both and, as you say in GBU, al­though good, the Ar­teon is fine if you can’t af­ford a BMW.

Fur­ther­more, read­ing Ben Barry’s run­ning re­port on his 330i Tour­ing helped to con­vince me that the same en­gine in the GC would suit my needs for per­for­mance and econ­omy... and it sure does!

I’m re­ally im­pressed by the power this four-pot puts out and so far it’s de­liv­er­ing 38mpg-plus. It’s early days but I’m lov­ing it.

Thanks for the help, guys.

Peter Bond

A plea­sure to serve. BM

Busted

Hats off to Gavin Green for his Septem­ber col­umn, high­light­ing some of the is­sues around ‘the West’s un­easy re­la­tion­ship with China’. The car in­dus­try is at the sharp end of this re­la­tion­ship, and I think many

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