BMW’s ActiveHybrid 5 – Tree Friendly Luxury
The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is the automaker’s attempt at breaking into the hybrid market. It succeeds to do so, offering an electric motor that gives decent gas mileage and great acceleration. In this review, we’ll take a look at the ActiveHybrid 5 and the various specifications that make it a luxury hybrid for those who still want to stay true to the German car brand known for groundbreaking technology and fast rides.
This midsize luxury sedan comes in a single trim level, and features the following additions:
1. 18 inch wheels
2. Adaptive bi-xenon lights
3. Automatic wipers
4. LED halo running lights
6. Keyless Ignition
7. Auto-dimming heated mirrors
Engine and Performance
The ActiveHybrid 5 comes equipped with a 3.0 liter engine that is capable of an output of 335 horsepower and an eight-speed transmission. With the car being a hybrid, let’s not forget the electric motor, which is paired with the conventional one. The ActiveHybrid 5 is capable of reaching speeds of 25 mph on electric power alone.
The fuel efficiency of this environmentally-conscious beauty stands at 23/30 mpg city/highway respectively, which is just about the same as the BMW 535i. Lastly, the electric motor’s power is derived from a lithium-ion battery found in the car’s trunk, and is recharged via regenerative braking.
Luxury is the ActiveHybrid 5′s middle name, thanks to the plush leather seating and upholstery. This comfort is taken further by the 10-way power passenger and driver’s seat, which provide adequate lumbar support during long car trips. Also, the front and rear door pockets and cup holders add a touch of convenience for those times you want to travel with hot items or magazines without having to worry where to stash them. The interior active charcoal air filter purifies cabin air and removes offending allergens, keeping the air fresh at all times. Alloy and wood trims accentuate the dashboard, center console and doors, adding to the luxurious feel of the car. Memorized settings for up to two drivers mean you won’t have to fiddle with settings next time you want to achieve a comfortable driving experience, and heated front seats, rear entertainments and satellite radio with a year’s subscription thrown in are some of the optional upgrades available for the discerning driver.
Here’s a list of other electronic goodies you can expect from the ActiveHybrid 5 interior:
1. BMW Apps
2. Diversity antenna
3. 10 total speakers
4. Auxiliary audio input and iPod/iPhone integration
5. Trip computer
6. External temperature display
7. Low fuel level warning
8. USB connection
9. Radio data system
Safety, Drive and Handling
The ActiveHybrid 5 comes with an array of safety and security installations, some of which include:
Front and rear head airbags
Anti-lock Braking System
Emergency Braking Assist
Child seat anchors
When it comes to drive and handling, the ActiveHybrid 5 holds its own due to the turbocharged inline-6 engine, offering up top-notch acceleration and sublime comfort. What’s interesting to note is that despite the fact that it’s a hybrid, it nevertheless is an enjoyable ride. The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 currently retails at $60,650, and is BMW’s perfect balancing act between environmental consciousness and performance.
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