A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 7

The only thing better than a hybrid car is one that is designed with luxury and performance in mind. The 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 nails it in all of these areas, and considering that it clocks in with a 4.7-second 0-60 mph time, you’ll also be driving a hybrid that boasts being the fastest! It even manages to beat out its predecessor, the gasoline-powered 750i, which reports a 5.1-second time.

Key Features

With numerous standard features, such as front and rear cameras and rain sensing wipers available in both models, the 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 shines in the available upgrades. From an entertainment system with a remote CD player to night vision, a heads up display and a heated steering wheel, this is one luxury hybrid that attempts to tick every box for comfort.

Changes for 2012

With 2012 being the first year for the 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 7, everything about this vehicle is new. It will remain to be seen what changes might be forthcoming in the future, or whether the maker will decide the car is already the best that it can be.

What We Like

The overall comfort, luxury and performance work with an array of tech options to create a superior hybrid vehicle. With available all-wheel drive and a turbocharged V8 engine, this BMW takes the hybrid car experience to new levels. The interior is also roomy, making sure both the driver and passengers are comfortable, even on those longer rides.

What Concerns Us

While the 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 offers numerous features and exceptional performance, all of it comes at a price – a rather high one. Additionally, while the fuel economy is improved, there are still other vehicles in the class that offer higher fuel savings with both city and highway driving.

Available Models

There are two models available for the 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 7:

7Li

4.4-Liter Turbocharged V8 Gas/Electric Horsepower: 455 @ 5,500-6,000 rpm Torque: 515 @ 2,000-3,000 rpm Fuel Economy: 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway

7i

4.4-Liter Turbocharged V8 Gas/Electric Horsepower: 455 @ 5,500-6,000 rpm Torque: 515 @ 2,000-3,000 rpm Fuel Economy: 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway

Major Recalls

There are no major recalls listed for the 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 at this time.

Most Common Issues

Currently, there are no common issues reported for this vehicle, although drivers do note a whine that comes from the drivetrain.

BMW ActiveHybrid 7 2012 Interior


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