First Drive: BMW ActiveHybrid 7 | EV Fleet World

2 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on First Drive: BMW ActiveHybrid 7 | EV Fleet World

BMW had a go at introducing a 7 Hybrid a few years ago, on the 4.4-litre V8 from the 750i. It was a first for the carmaker, and very too. But with 219g/km CO2 and only 29.1mpg on offer it make much sense in

The first ActiveHybrid 7 was only in North America.

This the package is a little more The V8 engine has made way for the same twin-turbocharged engine found in the 3 and ActiveHybrid 5, and fuel efficiency has dramatically as a result. The new car returns on the combined cycle and emits CO2, while offering a improvement to reach 354bhp.

But projections are still modest. The 730d, which has also over its predecessor, is expected to up the bulk of sales here. BMW the ActiveHybrid 7 to account for less 2% of UK sales, or around 20 vehicles per

Of course, the 730d will more sense for most It#8217;s cheaper at the front which leaves more for luxurious toys, still ample power and it#8217;s efficient and lower in CO2 emissions the hybrid.

That#8217;s only the story though. Put the ActiveHybrid 7 its ECO PRO driving mode, and wherever it#8217;ll switch off and decouple the engine altogether. The diesel may the edge on fuel economy, but it cruise silently through centres and coast down the like the hybrid.

That#8217;s a characteristic which suits a luxury car like and which benefits fuel

Nor can it offer the same split Push the drive selector Sport mode and the ActiveHybrid 7 the electric motor to boost the engine, while the throttle up considerably. Even partially the right hand pedal the 7 Series respond with a of forward motion the diesel can#8217;t muster.

But the automotive is full of tall promises, and easy to be sceptical about fuel efficiency figures. seem to come close, On test, the ActiveHybrid7 managed 34mpg on a combined route of A roads and town centres, all holding back too much on the

Drivers spending most of time in city centres reap the biggest rewards.

BMW ActiveHybrid 7

are few and far between, comprising only the LS 600h which still 199g/km CO2. Mercedes-Benz is a modular hybrid system for the S-Class, Audi is working on an A8 and Jaguar has been very about its ambitions for a plug-in XJ, but so far none have materialised gives the ActiveHybrid 7 a free run of the for those wanting a powerful limousine.

The range is identical to the conventional 7 which means a choice of and M Sport trim levels and or short wheelbase bodyshells. the rest of the range, it#8217;s a car than the sector#8217;s biggest the S-Class, and a little more than the Jaguar XJ#8217;s interior and exterior styling. All you lose over the other is boot space, which is halved to make room for the

So while it#8217;s not the first in its and it won#8217;t be a common sight in the UK, the 7 takes electrification into a that it really suits. more refined, more and is likely to be close in fuel to the diesel, which mean adopters are in for a real treat.

A niche car which offers an view of future luxury the ActiveHybrid 7 may not make as much sense as the 730d but in some it#8217;s actually a far more way to get around. Expect most cars to be found within the though.

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