2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 | Auto Show by Auto Trader

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BMW ActiveHybrid 7

2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7

Review and by

Paul Williams, CanadianDriver.com

BMW’s ActiveHybrid 7 L, you get everything expect from a 7 Series and a little less.

2011 BMW 7

A little less fuel that is. Rated at 12.0/8.1 km, city/highway, this full-size sedan betters its non-hybrid sibling by about 15 per cent in economy; the 750Li returning an 14.8/9.3 L/100 km, city/highway.

power is a 4.4-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine supplemented by an electric which together produces 465 hp and 516 torque. Mated to an eight-speed transmission, this rear-wheel vehicle is available in Canada in the long wheelbase version by the “L” in ActiveHybrid 7 L). An all-wheel drive 7 L is not offered.

But is fuel economy the reason to buy an ActiveHybrid 7 L over a 7 Series? Not at all: the ActiveHybrid 7 L has power than the 750Li, for generating an extra 25 horsepower and 36 pound-feet of torque compared the standard V8. Acceleration time 0-100 km/h is reduced by a at 5.1 seconds, according to BMW Canada.

So you get a bump in performance as well.

you could go for the $186,000 V12 760 Li if you want top 7 performance, but then you’d the enviro-cachet of driving a hybrid, and be paying at least $50,000 than the $132,300 ActiveHybrid 7 L Technology Package-equipped version Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Detection, Vision with Pedestrian and listed at $135,600).

For that heady amount you get the sophisticated make an (mild) eco-statement, and a very long list of amenities.

An abbreviated list of vehicle’s amenities includes automatic climate control, LED brake lights, adaptive bi-xenon headlamps with and cornering lights, rain-sensing with heated washer electromechanical parking brake hold function, front and Park Distance Control, knee airbags, active head restraints, auto-dimming and rear-view mirrors, ambiance dynamic cruise control, sunroof, heated multifunction leather-wrapped steering wheel power tilt and telescopic heated steering wheel, trunk lid and doors, garage opener, heated 16-way leather seats with side memory, heated rear seats, DVD/MP3 600-watt audio with disc storage, USB port, interface, Bluetooth connectivity, and hard disc-based navigation

Additional features include a Up Display, lane departure rear-view camera, Surround twin chromed trapezoid and special 19-inch alloy fitted with low rolling-resistance

Although you may think the above is somewhat excessive in its detail, it is a fraction of the ActiveHybrid 7 L’s standard

Let’s get to the design, execution and experience.

This BMW is a massive and it is by no means restrained in appearance. At millimetres in length, with a mm wheelbase, the ActiveHybrid 7 L needs and its aggressive lines and formidable aren’t designed to soften the impact.

In other words, notice this car, and are to offer it the right of way at uncontrolled

Fit and finish throughout is impeccable. The is lustrous, the wheels sculptural, the and interior trim seem like fine furniture automotive components. The only was the stitching along the leading of the instrument panel and dashboard, was slightly irregular in places.

hand sewn?

Seating for rear seat is unequalled by almost any other Legroom is sufficient for even people to stretch out, and the are heated and ventilated, both and rear.

The doors open for easy entry and exit, and close by themselves when pulled shut – your valet.

There is even – and I never encountered this in a car – a “Gentleman’s Function,” whereby the (a gentleman, presumably) can remotely the passenger seat adjustment. apparently, is alive and well in an 7 L.

Trunk space is slightly by the intrusion of the battery, but it is still a enclosure. The weight penalty due to the is likewise small (75 kilograms), and the balance is the same as the 750 Li.

Although the 7 L is packed full of amenities, and features, it’s pretty to drive. Many controls are like the knobs and buttons on the stack for the audio system, are replicated in the menu-driven iDrive and remote controls on the steering Likewise the heating, ventilation and controls can be operated similarly, and by voice.

The gearshift is a bit fiddly, but that may be me. I found that its simplicity was baffling. Putting the car into for instance, is effected by simply a button marked “P.” But it happen instantly, which you may push it again, whereupon it stays in “Drive,” or maybe

For me the shifter could be more give more direct

Mind you, once in gear, the ActiveHybrid 7 L will with a lot more punch you may expect for such a big car. is no sensation of speed in this as you cruise along, however; it seem to matter how fast you go, the inside remains the same. You can its driving dynamics, however, by between Comfort, Normal, and Sport Plus modes via a on the centre console.

BMW ActiveHybrid 7

I liked Everything felt more and satisfying in that mode. was sharper; acceleration brisker; tighter.

The Comfort mode softens everything (although if you put foot on the gas, the ActiveHybrid 7 L still move with and I found the experience actually as you float almost too serenely “Comfort” is just too comfy for my

But the point is, you can change the character of the at the push of a button, to suit your mood and the road

The ActiveHybrid 7 L is what is termed a hybrid, which means it is not capable of driving on battery alone (as you can in a comparable Toyota/Lexus product). As you drive, therefore, the and motor are continuously synchronizing to the car along. In stop-and-go traffic, you can you can actually feel this busy-ness, which does from the signature smoothness of the 7

Similarly, the regenerative braking can be evident when you take foot off the gas pedal. This car coast at all; it sharply At a stoplight the engine will off to save fuel, and will quickly when your leaves the brake and you wish to get

It is a truly odd sensation, however, to that one’s power is also deactivated in the auto-stop (it is hydraulic, not electric) This is not in hybrid cars and is at first and subsequently unappreciated. I like to be that everything is “on” I turn the key (or in this case, a button) to start a car, and there will be no delay action and response. It’s that you just expect.

My combined fuel economy was L/100 km, which is not quite the result suggested by the official However, this is a large and powerful car, and fuel must be regarded in relation to the of vehicle you’re driving and conditions.

For all its technological wizardry, is quite a premium to pay for the ActiveHybrid 7 L. The long wheelbase 750iL is and the regular wheelbase 750i is Freight/PDI adds another The competing Lexus LS600hL is

Pricing: 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 L

price: $132,300

Options: (Technology Package)


Price as tested: $138,595

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