Even though BMW prefers diesels over hybrids, US and some far eastern markets have well developed electric and gas-electric vehicle web which forced them to make a few of these of their own. 2015 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 is one of these vehicles, representing German manufacturer compact sedan’s more fuel efficient form.
Styling – Exterior and Interior
Exterior design in hybrid version is basically carried over from the conventional models. Compact sedan has a low nose with BMW’s signature grille and thin sharp headlights. Arching roofline and sharp profile lines make another statement, while slightly squared rear end comes as yet another BMW’s trademark detail.
Interior of a new 2015 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 is furbished only with the best available materials including leather and SansaTec seating upholstery coupled with soft-touch plastics and anthracite wood, brushed aluminum or dark burl walnut wood trim with pearl gloss chrome highlights. Sharply cut dashboard has a few overlaps, but generally feels soft to the touch and good to look upon. Shifter is conveniently positioned below the instrument panel and beside the armrest. Floating touch screen display, 6.5 inches in diameter is responsible for all infotainment purposes. USB audio connection and hands-free Bluetooth are standard across the board and so are HD radio and 9-speaker premium sound system.
Gauges are similar to those in conventional models which is a surprising turnout of events, but they still display hybrid-related info. There are a total of four 12V power sockets which means you’ll be able to recharge whole family’s cell phones at the same time. 2-way power glass moonroof with one-touch operation and sliding interior sunshade is also standard and interior appearance is further enhanced by ambiance lighting, ground-illuminating lights in door handles and courtesy lights. As far as safety options are concerned, all ActiveHybrid 3 models offer standard rearview camera with collision warning system, blind spot detection and the lane departure warning system.
2015 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 Engine options
This executive sedan is powered by a turbocharged 3.0L V6 engine which delivers 300 hp and the same torque output in pound-feet. Coupled with 55 hp electric motor and 120-volt, 1.3-kWh lithium-ion battery, it delivers a total of 335 horses. Special hybrid-specific 8-speed automatic transmission sends the power to the ground, while engine also has map cooling, direct ignition system with knock control and brake energy regeneration feature.
2015 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 is rated at 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway which is just a tad bit weaker than diesel models return.
This hybrid sedan is available for $50,150, but additional packages, some of which you’ll surely want, might raise the price tag considerably and that’s why caution is advised especially if you usually execute the heavy foot.
2015 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 is a great vehicle, at least for the US market which rarely gets German diesel models. It returns solid fuel efficiency, especially considering its class and engine strength, but it seems that turbo four would have been a better option here. Anyway, if you require flashy compact executive sedan with solid fuel efficiency, extreme refinement and abundance of features, BMW 3 hybrid is the car for you.