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2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5

$11,220 — $20,032 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
26 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

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(4.0) 1 reviews

The Good

  • Regular 5 Series style remains
  • Performance potential
  • Handling potential

The Bad

  • Battery pack reduces trunk space

What to Know

about the 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5
  • New for 2012
  • Hybrid version of the 5 Series
  • Lithium-ion battery pack
  • Can travel up to 37 mph on electric power
  • Hybrid technology works with navigation system to optimize performance

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

With the launch of the ActiveHybrid 5, BMW adds a full hybrid to its range of midsize luxury cars. The five-seat sedan can operate at speeds up to 37 mph on electric power alone, but the car retains typical BMW performance; it can go from zero to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds, according to BMW. Competitors include the Infiniti M35h and Lexus GS 450h hybrids. It hits dealerships in spring 2012.

Exterior
Subtle styling cues differentiate the ActiveHybrid 5 from the regular 5 Series. There are logos on the rear roof pillars, galvanized slats in the twin-kidney grille, and matte chrome tailpipes. The sedan comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, but aerodynamic 18-inch alloy wheels are optional. It also gets an exclusive paint color: Bluewater Metallic.

Interior
Differences in the cabin are similarly minimal. The doorsill plates have the ActiveHybrid 5 logo, and there's a logo plate on the center console, too. A navigation system and four-zone climate control are standard, and the ActiveHybrid 5 can have most of the features available in the regular 5 Series. Optional features include ventilated seats, premium stereo and backseat entertainment.

Under the Hood
The ActiveHybrid 5's hybrid drivetrain consists of a 306-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission with an integrated electric motor that makes 55 hp, and a lithium-ion battery pack. Total system output is 340 hp. The battery is located between the r...

Vehicle Overview

With the launch of the ActiveHybrid 5, BMW adds a full hybrid to its range of midsize luxury cars. The five-seat sedan can operate at speeds up to 37 mph on electric power alone, but the car retains typical BMW performance; it can go from zero to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds, according to BMW. Competitors include the Infiniti M35h and Lexus GS 450h hybrids. It hits dealerships in spring 2012.

Exterior
Subtle styling cues differentiate the ActiveHybrid 5 from the regular 5 Series. There are logos on the rear roof pillars, galvanized slats in the twin-kidney grille, and matte chrome tailpipes. The sedan comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, but aerodynamic 18-inch alloy wheels are optional. It also gets an exclusive paint color: Bluewater Metallic.

Interior
Differences in the cabin are similarly minimal. The doorsill plates have the ActiveHybrid 5 logo, and there's a logo plate on the center console, too. A navigation system and four-zone climate control are standard, and the ActiveHybrid 5 can have most of the features available in the regular 5 Series. Optional features include ventilated seats, premium stereo and backseat entertainment.

Under the Hood
The ActiveHybrid 5's hybrid drivetrain consists of a 306-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission with an integrated electric motor that makes 55 hp, and a lithium-ion battery pack. Total system output is 340 hp. The battery is located between the rear wheel arches in the trunk, resulting in less cargo space than the regular 5 Series.

In addition to driving on electric power at speeds up to 37 mph, the ActiveHybrid 5 can go about 2.5 miles on electric power alone at an average speed of 22 mph with a sufficiently charged battery, according to BMW. The electric motor can provide a power boost when accelerating, and the gas engine can shut down when coasting at speeds up to 100 mph.
 
The hybrid drivetrain also works with the navigation system, customizing its operation based on upcoming driving conditions. If hilly terrain is on the horizon, for instance, it can provide supplemental electric acceleration beforehand knowing the battery has a chance to recharge on descents.

The hybrid's Driving Experience Control includes an Eco Pro mode in addition to Comfort and Sport modes. Eco Pro promotes fuel efficiency by increasing the time spent in the car's all-electric mode.

Safety

Safety features include antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags. Optional features include parking sensors, a backup camera, the Surround View system, adaptive headlights, a lane departure warning system and night vision with pedestrian detection.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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Value For The Money
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(4.0)

Nice vehicle but expensive preventive maintenance

by Big O from Honolulu, Hi on July 26, 2018

The Active Hybrid5 is a lot like a 535i. Only difference is the smaller trunk space (The Hybrid Battery is in the trunk) and fact that the engine stays off for a few seconds until the car reaches a ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by BMW

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    196-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The ActiveHybrid 5 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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