The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - YOUR CAR -

ow that Bon­fire Night is out of the way, I’m go­ing early with my let­ter to Fa­ther Christ­mas to sort out my dream garage.

Once upon a time, this con­sisted of at least half a dozen cars. A Porsche 911 to scratch the sportscar itch, a Lam­borgh­ini Di­ablo GT for the su­per­car one.

Then there’d be the Range Rover for lux­ury, a Roll-Royce Phan­tom for ex­tra lux­ury, and a Land Rover De­fender as their an­ti­dote.

Plus a Volk­swa­gen Golf GTI to sat­isfy my eter­nal hot-hatch crav­ing.

Other cars would be added and re­moved to suit my whims but on the whole th­ese cars formed my sta­ple sta­ble for at least a decade.

To­day I need sim­plic­ity in my life wher­ever I can get it and, as my life evolves, so does my ideal garage. To­day’s list has shrunk to just two and, for the first time ever, fea­tures an elec­tric car.

But which one? And how re­fresh­ing to have a choice in this mar­ket­place now.

So, Tesla launched its an­swer to BMW’s 3-Se­ries this year and called it the Model 3. It com­bines space, prac­ti­cal­ity and power in im­pres­sive mea­sures. But I also re­ally ad­mire BMW’s own elec­tric of­fer­ings – the i8 sportscar, and the city­fo­cused i3.

Then there’s the bud­get­friendly Re­nault Zoe, and at the other end of the size scale, there’s the Jaguar I-Pace. Plus there are in­ter­est­ing ma­chines from Hyundai, Nis­san, the VW/Audi group and even MG with its first all-elec­tric car, the ZS EV, that was launched re­cently.

Maybe Santa could ask the elves to do a few rounds of rock, pa­per, scis­sor to de­cide for me?

And which car should go along­side it, dear Papa Noel? The best car I’ve driven this year is the Fer­rari 812 Su­per­fast. It does what it says on the tin but it is far from ideal for my grow­ing chil­dren. And dog the size of a lion.

My de­mands mean that

I’m best suited to an SUV (Sports Util­ity Ve­hi­cle). And if I should add “elec­tric” to that for­mula to simplify things fur­ther, then I’d end up need­ing just one car.

And that car might just be a Ford that re­mains hid­den from the world for the next 12 days. But on Novem­ber 18, all eyes will be on the Mus­tang-in­spired

SUV elec­tric car that car­ries the co­de­name “Mach-E”.

It might just be the per­fect ma­chine for me.

And Fa­ther Christ­mas will have plenty of time to wrap it.

See Vicki on Fifth Gear, at 9pm, the Quest chan­nel, for the re­main­ing four weeks.

The best car Vicki has driven this year is the Fer­rari 812 Su­per­fast. But is doesn’t re­ally suit her fam­ily – or dog

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