2016 BMW ActiveHybrid 5

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Key Specs

of the 2016 BMW ActiveHybrid 5. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    26 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    300-hp, 3.0-liter I-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Retains styling of regular 5 Series
  • Acceleration

The Bad

  • Battery pack reduces trunk space
  • Smallish cabin

Notable Features of the 2016 BMW ActiveHybrid 5

  • Hybrid version of the 5 Series
  • Lithium-ion battery pack
  • Can go up to 37 mph on electric power
  • Hybrid technology works with navigation system to optimize performance

2016 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 Overview

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Vehicle Overview

The ActiveHybrid 5 can seat up to five people, has a lithium-ion battery pack for its hybrid system and can drive up to 37 mph on electric power alone. It can go from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds, according to the automaker. Competitors include the Infiniti Q70 Hybrid and Lexus GS 450h. Gearshift paddles are now standard for 2016.
What's Special

  • Turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and electric motor make 335 horsepower total
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Stop-start technology

Here's info on the regular 5 Series:
The five-seat 5 Series sedan is offered with a turbocharged V-8 (550i), a turbo six-cylinder (535i), a turbo-diesel six-cylinder (535d) and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (528i). Competitors include the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6 and Lexus GS.

The 5 Series lineup also includes the Gran Turismo, a tall hatchback. There's also a high-performance M5 sport sedan.

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New for 2016
The 550i sedan gains a standard power trunk lid and Harman Kardon premium stereo.
Significant Standard Features

  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • LED taillights and fog lights
  • Power moonroof
  • Automatic dual-zone air conditioning
  • Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Navigation system with 10.2-inch screen and iDrive controller
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Head-up display
  • Heated and ventilated fr...
Vehicle Overview

The ActiveHybrid 5 can seat up to five people, has a lithium-ion battery pack for its hybrid system and can drive up to 37 mph on electric power alone. It can go from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds, according to the automaker. Competitors include the Infiniti Q70 Hybrid and Lexus GS 450h. Gearshift paddles are now standard for 2016.
What's Special

  • Turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and electric motor make 335 horsepower total
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Stop-start technology

Here's info on the regular 5 Series:
The five-seat 5 Series sedan is offered with a turbocharged V-8 (550i), a turbo six-cylinder (535i), a turbo-diesel six-cylinder (535d) and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (528i). Competitors include the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6 and Lexus GS.

The 5 Series lineup also includes the Gran Turismo, a tall hatchback. There's also a high-performance M5 sport sedan.

(Skip to details on the: 5 Series Gran Turismo and M5)
New for 2016
The 550i sedan gains a standard power trunk lid and Harman Kardon premium stereo.
Significant Standard Features

  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • LED taillights and fog lights
  • Power moonroof
  • Automatic dual-zone air conditioning
  • Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Navigation system with 10.2-inch screen and iDrive controller
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Head-up display
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Blind spot warning system
  • Lane departure warning
  • Backup camera
  • Bang & Olufsen sound system
  • Rear-seat entertainment system

5 Series Gran Turismo
BMW's hatchback version of the 5 Series sedan, dubbed 5 Series Gran Turismo, is offered in six-cylinder 535i GT and V-8 550i GT form. The Gran Turismo can seat up to five people.
What's Special

  • Shift paddles now standard
  • Auto-leveling rear suspension 
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Unique hatchback design with two-way opening, power liftgate 
  • 40/20/40-split folding backseat

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M5
The five-seat M5 is BMW’s high-performance variant of the 5 Series sedan. It’s powered by a twin-turbo V-8 engine that makes a whopping 560 hp and 500 pounds-feet of torque in its regular form. Offered with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, the M5 will sprint to 60 mph in the low-four-second range, according to BMW. Competitors include the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and Audi RS7. A power trunk lid is now standard for 2016 models.
What's Special

  • Rear spoiler
  • Quad exhaust tips 
  • M blue-painted brake calipers; carbon-ceramic brake system available
  • Available Competition Package increases engine output to 575 hp 
  • Active M rear differential 
  • Adjustable dampers with three modes 
  • Adjustable steering effort 
  • Launch control on models with the dual-clutch transmission

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Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by BMW

Program Benefits

Comprehensive inspection by BMW technician, 24/7 Roadside Assistance, BMW Assist. Exceptional vehicles with exceptional coverage

  • Limited Warranty

    Unlimited Miles for 1-Year

    BMW Certified Pre-Owned: Covers you for unlimited miles for 1-year, after the expiration o f the 4-year / 50,000 mile New Vehicle/SAV Limited Warranty for a total of 5 years with unlimited miles. This includes up to 5 years and unlimited miles of BMW Roadside Assistance and BMW Assist (TM) on many late model BMW vehicles. Additional plans are available to extend your vehicle's coverage for up to a total of 6 years with unlimited miles. See your BMW Center for details.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Comprehensive inspection.

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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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