Used 2012 BMW 7 Series ActiveHybrid Review & Ratings

Review & Ratings of the 2012 BMW 7 Series ActiveHybrid

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Just because one purchases a hybrid vehicle does not mean that they have to sacrifice quality, style or performance. In fact, the BMW 7 Series Active Hybrid proves that it is possible to have it all rolled into one. Unlike traditional hybrids on the market, this vehicle combines a high powered engine with the luxury that is expected with the BMW name. Having a lot to offer buyers is a necessity when you have a price tag as large as this Hybrid. Though it would be simple to find another hybrid with a lower price tag, the performance and amenities offered from BMW make it a worthwhile investment for many.

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The outside of the BMW 7 Series Active Hybrid is stylish and contemporary, but the inside flourishes with lavish design that one would expect when they purchase a BMW. The leather upholstery and wood trim enhance the luxurious feel while the technology offered is far more advanced that a typical hybrid vehicle. Like most BMW models, this one ensures a comfortable ride for driver and passengers with spacious leg and body room in both front and rear. Of course, the features are just as expansive as the area in this model. Much of the standard equipment comes only as an option on other vehicles, including other BMW models.

The downfall of most hybrids is the performance. Not only do they not run as fast, they also aren't as exciting as traditional sedans. The BMW 7 Series Active Hybrid is the exception to this rule. With the power to accelerate quickly and strongly, this vehicle ensures that it moves as fast as the driver wants it to. It is evident with and withut the electric motor that there is simply more power to this vehicle than even the other BMW models on the market. Fortunately, drivers never notice this in the handling or superior ride that is offered.

Like every other hybrid, the BMW 7 Series Active Hybrid combines the use of a gasoline engine with an electric one for optimal fuel savings. What surprises most drivers is that with this hybrid, the ability to save money increases the faster the car is driven. The gasoline powered engine is a 4.4 liter 440 horsepower V8. The electric motor is located in the trunk and run by a lithium ion battery. Combined the vehicle reaches 455 horsepower. A standard eight speed automatic transmission is mated to achieve the best performance possible. It gets about 17mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The real test is surpassed as the hybrid manages to hit sixty mph in less than five seconds, a low number even for BMW. It is also important to note that there are a host of safety features available standard on this vehicle and even more that can be added as an option.

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