BMW 5 Series Sedan ActiveHybrid 5 Review: Hy 5

BMW 5 Series Sedan ActiveHybrid 5 Review: Hy 5

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
12 Sep 2012
What we like:
pros
Improved fuel consumption over the 535i
pros
strong low end grunt
pros
green credentials
pros
drives and looks very much like a ‘normal/ 5 Series
pros
lower priced than a 535i thanks to Green Vehicle Rebate
What we dislike:
cons
No on paper performance advantage
cons
smaller luggage area due to batteries
cons
additional weight due to the batteries

The ActiveHybrid 5’s interior is pretty much similar to the 535i’s bar unique side sills with ‘ActiveHybrid 5’ letterings on them as well as additional power transfer diagram screen and fuel consumption chart screen displayed on the iDrive screen. Like its exterior, t F10 5 Series’ interior bears a strong resemblance to other BMW models’ like the 7 Series. It is far superior in perceived luxury and build quality when compared to its E60 predecessor’s. Both the driver and front passenger get standard electrical adjustments for their comfortable and supportive seats. In addition, the driver gets an electrically adjustable steering column for an even more comfortable driving position.

At the rear, there is sufficient enough leg and headroom. The ActiveHybrid 5 suffers from slightly compromised luggage space. With the hybrid system’s power unit sitting in the boot, directly behind the rear seatback, the ActiveHybrid 5 offers a noticeably smaller boot than a standard 5 Series model.

Equipment levels for the ActiveHybrid 5 are lavish to say the least. It features cruise control, head-up display, electric sunroof, four-zone climate control, adaptive Xenon headlamps, soft closing doors, Surround View, Park Assistant and much more.

Thanks to the current Green Vehicle Rebate (GVR) policy, the ActiveHybrid 5 makes a strong case for itself as it is priced about $18,000 lower than a 535i. With the ActiveHybrid 5, there are also financial savings to be made over the 535i when it comes to fuelling costs thanks to its more fuel economical nature. With the scrappage of the GVR next year though (it’ll be replaced by the CEVS), the ActiveHybrid 5’s case won’t be as strong as it ought to cost more than the 535i to buy.

Credits: Story by Joe Yeo Photos by Jonathan Tan and Raymond Lai

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