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SPARE a thought for those who and probably never will be a fan of It’s hardly the most of substances to handle, and service without disposable gloves on ought to be closed down. is diesel engines have huge advances over the decade and with manufacturers millions into developing faster and more refined they make an awful lot of

BMW has been at the forefront of this too; only a few weeks ago it a fiendishly-clever triple-turbo high diesel. But it has an arguably unequalled for superb petrol engines, and now trying to combine this with some electric

The Active Hybrid 5 is the firm’s hybrid offering to reach the UK and looking at the vital statistics it has an lot to offer. Behind the familiar nose there is the 3.0-litre 302bhp petrol unit used elsewhere in the BMW range and in the 535i – the car that BMW says the 5 is an alternative to.

In the Hybrid 5 however there is electric motor added to the mix and both motors pulling at the time there is 335bhp and of torque, all channelled to the rear only through an eight-speed gearbox. No question then it is still a sporting saloon; takes only 5.9 seconds and it is enough that the 155mph limiter is required. Yet the eco numbers are good too.

The combined consumption of 44.1mpg is just a behind a manual 535 diesel, as is the CO2 emissions figure.

Yet from the driver’s seat almost nothing to tell you in a petrol hybrid. The comprehensive specification includes the highest satellite navigation, which in a combination of technology adjusts the to suit forthcoming road for maximum efficiency. There’s climate and the high-gloss wood too.

So far, so typically 5-Series.

But when you fire it up complete silence, and if you tread on the accelerator it pulls away under battery power. starting the Hybrid 5 can manage 2.4 before it has to switch onto power, but with the charge in and out you find yourself switching pure electric mode far often than the mileage suggest. It also runs up to in electric mode, but better is the way in which the engine shuts off on the overrun.

As with many recent the Hybrid 5 has driver-selectable modes Sport, Comfort and most EcoPro. In this mode is geared towards efficiency, the air conditioning, throttle response and selection. It also increases the at which the engine falls even at 100mph, back off the completely and the Hybrid 5 will down and feed energy into the battery.

It achieves the key for a hybrid in that it adds to the driving experience but without anything more from the Better yet, it doesn’t its credentials as a sporting saloon. in EcoPro or Comfort modes the 5 gets along smartly if you use a bit of acceleration, and the eight-speed automatic between shifts.

Turn up the wick at little and it feels just as sharp. Hit the again and in Sport or Sport+ the Hybrid 5 feels just as and responsive as any other 5-Series. philosophy of good weight has been maintained despite the of weighty batteries in the boot

Admittedly the test car was on regular rather than the standard low resistance tyres, but the inherent of the basic set up is impossible to miss.

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And you decide to forgo the economy the Hybrid 5 has a mighty turn of You can shift manually with the paddles, and forget the car you’re is remotely green. And this a petrol it revs with keenness, responds sharply to inputs and with all that and torque, blast along real vigour.

The real gem though is that the 5 makes a financial case for too. At a shade over it gets pretty close to its rivals, but what the Hybrid 5 that nothing else can is petrol power with economy and low emissions all together. you can get all this in a car which is excellent to with is the best news of


BMW Active 5, £46,860

Engine: 3.0-litre with electric motor 335bhp and 332lb.ft of torque

Eight speed automatic the rear wheels

Performance: Top speed 155mph, 5.9 seconds

Economy: 44.1mpg

Emissions: 149g/km of CO2

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