2016 BMW Activehybrid 5 review

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BMW Activehybrid 5 highlights

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  • Loaded with technology features
  • Luxurious touches and comfortable interior
  • Plenty of room for three adults in the rear seat


  • The batteries limit trunk space
  • Hybrid technology is performance-focused
  • Overly sensitive throttle response at lower speeds

Mileage (EPA estimate)

23 city, 30 highway, 26 combined

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A hybrid with style

The turbocharged engine and electric motor work together to improve the 2016 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 performance. But, where the 2016 BMW ActiveHybrid shines is inside, thanks to high-end finishes, modern styling, and high-end comfort. That means comfort like plush cushioning, soft-to-the-touch materials, and supportive seating. Plus, some optional extras include massage seating, premium leather surfaces, and adaptive cruise control. So let the 2016 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 show you what capable luxury performance looks like.

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What is new for the 2016 BMW Activehybrid 5?

  • Automated Parking, Seat Massagers, Power Hatch/Deck Lid, and Harman Kardon Sound features are now available as options on select trims.

5 reasons to buy the 2016 BMW Activehybrid 5

1. A spacious passenger cabin 

With enough space to fit up to five adults comfortably, the 2016 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 has room to take everyone along. For example, there is a generous 40.5 inches of headroom in the front and 38.3 inches in the rear, so even tall passengers will feel comfortable. Or, at 35.3 inches, the 2016 ActiveHybrid 5's rear legroom is enough for people to stretch out and relax. That’s why the spacious cabin makes the 2016 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 an ideal sedan to bring any group of people on your next adventure. 

2. Impressive standard and available features 

A 2016 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 includes many features to enhance your driving experience. For example, get navigation, Bluetooth® connectivity, a 12-speaker audio system, and a USB input as part of the standard features list. However, if you want tech like a heads-up display, a rearview camera, and parking sensors, look for a 2016 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 with the Driver Assistance package. Plus, there's a 16-speaker Harmon Kardon® system available if you want to level up your road trip soundtrack. 

3. Comfortable seating front and rear 

You and your passengers will enjoy the comfort a 2016 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 provides. For example, the front seats are supportive and adjustable, with power lumbar support and memory functions. Also, consider the spacious rear seats and their supportive cushioning that deliver support on long trips. Or, add ventilation and massage functionality to the front seats for ultimate comfort, found in the 2016 BMW ActiveHybrid 5s with the Luxury Seating package. 

4. Impressive driving performance 

By combining the electric motor and gas engine, the 2016 BMW ActiveHybrid delivers impressive driving performance. For instance, the electric motor provides extra power while the gas engine turbo spools, resulting in smooth and brisk acceleration without the lag typical of turbocharged engines. Plus, the eight-speed automatic transmission is quick and responsive, which you can control via steering-wheel-mounted paddles for an added thrill. Lastly, the sport-tuned suspension keeps the wheels planted in sharp cornering for confident handling and stability. 

5. Available suite of driver assists 

Take the edge off longer highway drives and look for a 2016 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 equipped with the Driver Assistance Plus package. That’s because it includes a suite of driver assists that provide extra help on the highway. These features include forward collision warning, automatic braking, blind-spot monitoring, drowsiness detection, and adaptive cruise control. Or, improve nighttime visibility and look for a 2016 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 equipped with an optional night vision system, using infrared cameras to display potential hazards that might otherwise hide in the dark. 

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BMW Activehybrid 5 features and specs

(no trim) 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Run Flat Tires
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automated Parking
  • Bang & Olufsen Audio
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Harman Kardon Sound
  • Head Up Display
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Seat Massagers

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Hybrid

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Overall length






Leg room

F 41.4"/R 35.3"

Head room

F 40.5"/R 38.3"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity




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