In general, hybrids are full of all kinds of goodies, most of them designed to monitor the electric powertrain and keep the driver up to date with everything that happens in the assembly. In X6 ActiveHybrid's case, the gadget department is offering much more than that. After all, what you pay is what you get. And don't forget that you have to pay more than 100,000 Euros...
Let's begin with the hybrid-related toys. The first thing that's worth mentioning is the electric motors' indicator that shows the state of the two units at a certain time. The display is connected to the 7-inch iDrive screen to present a real-time hybrid working graph, showing the passengers exactly how the two electric motors work in conjunction with the combustion engine to put the wheels in motion.
And speaking of the iDrive system, we find the controller knob a bit annoying, especially when used for the navigation function. Although pretty easy to use and intuitive, it's a bit uncomfortable to type something on the screen, such as a destination point for the navigation screen. All in all, the whole iDrive system is likely to help you a lot, but there are minor yet important things to be improved here.
The audio system sounds great and includes no less than 16 speakers, with support for most audio files out there, including MP3s stored on USB devices. There's also an integrated storage device with 12 GB of space, as well as steering-wheel mounted audio controls, AM/FM radio and CD player.
We really enjoyed the Voice Recognition feature and we swear this is the first time we actually found it useful, as it allows the driver and/or any passenger to browse the iDrive's menus without touching the knob. The Bluetooth support works pretty easy and the pairing process takes only a minute or so.
The Head-Up Display is as useful as in any other car equipped with such a function, although the high driving position might require some adjustment to avoid getting the displayed data right in the middle of the windscreen. This can be done through the iDrive interface but, once again, you have to get back to the rotating knob.Continue reading