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2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 Review
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The 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 isn’t cheap, but if you’re looking for the ultimate in luxury combined with top fuel efficiency, you might decide it’s worth it. The BMW ActiveHybrid 7 is the energy saver of the 7-Series, and features a spunky, turbocharged, 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine with a lithium-ion-battery-powered electric motor boost. That electric battery takes up a minimal amount of cargo space while offering considerable savings in fuel and being significantly easier on the environment due to reduced CO2 emissions. But being a hybrid doesn’t mean sacrificing any of the comforts you’d expect from a BMW 7-Series super luxury sedan. If anything, you get more, including power, a quieter ride, and more miles before filling up.
New For 2013
The new 2013 ActiveHybrid 7 receives a few updates, including:
- New 3.0-liter, turbocharged V-6
- Pro mode to maximize energy efficiency
- Greater fuel economy
- Lower price
The exterior of the 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 is pure BMW. It has the signature kidney grille, chrome accents, and large air inlets. The air curtains reduce drag and further increase fuel efficiency and emissions reduction. Double-round adaptive LED headlights combine form and function, with integrated cornering lights and dazzle-free high beams. Some of the stylish wheel options include 19-inch aerodynamic wheels and 18-inch V-spoke or 19-inch V-spoke 426 light alloy wheels. Color options include Liquid Blue, Midnight Blue Metallic, and Glacier Silver Metallic.
Interior & Cargo
The ActiveHybrid 7’s interior combines luxury and comfort, with a spacious cockpit, a control display oriented for driver comfort, extra legroom, 14-way power front seats, and rich surround sound for entertainment. The hybrid display lets you know how well you are managing the car’s fuel efficiency potential, while the Head-Up Display gives you the information you need right on the windshield, so you never have to take your eyes off the road. The High Resolution 3D Navigation system Professional with optional BMW Assist and Real Time Traffic data means you can always find the best and most efficient route to your destination, and Comfort mode provides the most relaxed ride possible. While you’re enjoying your drive, rear seat passengers can enjoy their choice of entertainment possibilities on optional, individual, high resolution 9.2-inch monitors. You’ll also find a roomy trunk with 14 cubic feet of cargo space and very little room taken up by the lithium-ion battery.
While the Head-Up Display feature is certainly convenient, it can’t be overlooked as a safety feature. Not having to take your eyes off the road for speed data or directions can help you avoid some very undesirable driving situations. BMW Night Vision makes it even easier to avoid potential hazards at night, alerting you well in advance when there may be something or someone on the road you might need to maneuver around. The Driving Assistant Plus option combines radar and cameras to help keep the driver alert and safe in a wide variety of driving situations. Of course, expected safety features, such as a complete airbag system, child safety locks, and an anti-theft alarm, are all standard equipment.
While last year’s BMW ActiveHybrid 7 focused on power, the 2013 gives you the best of both worlds. The V-8 engine is gone, replaced by a turbocharged, 3.0-liter V-6, but you’ll still enjoy 349 horsepower from this motor, while enjoying a bump in fuel economy to about 19/27 mpg city/highway. To be honest, drivers who enjoyed the 2012 model may miss the inspiring 455 horses that the V-8 provided, but there’s still plenty of power to appreciate in this car.
When you hit the accelerator, you notice how smoothly and quickly the ActiveHybrid 7 jumps to 60 mph. Again, this isn’t last year’s model, which made the sprint in less than five seconds, but you still get a peppy acceleration to 60 in about 5.5 seconds. While the ActiveHybrid 7 is considerably heavier than the standard BMW 7-Series car, it doesn’t seem to affect the handling in any noticeable way, as the active suspension seems to have been designed specifically to handle this forceful machine. Driving mode options accessible from the center console allow you to switch from Eco Pro, Comfort plus, Sport, and Sport plus settings depending upon the type of driving you need to do, giving you even more control over the car’s efficiency, handling, and power.
Key Competitors For The 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid-7
- Mercedes S400 Blue Hybrid
- Lexus GS450H
- Jaguar C-X75