Leave the city and you'll release the beast. Once you step outside the city with the X6 ActiveHybrid, you understand in a minute the reason why BMW chose to develop such a powerful hybrid.
Probably the ace up its sleeve at this chapter is the comfort every passenger enjoys when leaving on a longer journey on board of an X6 Active Hybrid. Regardless if we're referring to the comfortable seats we talked about earlier or to the numerous entertaining systems which we'll detail a little bit later, the X6 ActiveHybrid is an excellent companion for longer trips.
The car feels great and the two synchronous electric motors play a key role here. Every second of hard acceleration proves that BMW actually focused more on engine power and the feeling the driver gets rather than on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. And speaking on fuel consumption, don't expect to see real figures drop closer to the official ones, as compared to what happened in the urban environment. Judging by BMW's official papers, the X6 ActiveHybrid should achieve a fuel consumption rating of 9.4 l/100km (25 mpg) outside the city, but once again, we beg to differ. And not only because we're not used to the old man's driving style, but because the 485 horsepower engine burns pretty much fuel every time the combustion engine comes into play.
And yes, we managed to drive exclusively on electric power for around 2 kilometers, but the maximum speed hasn't exceeded 58 km/h (36 mph), after which the gasoline engine was turned on. Still, it was around 2 km and a few minutes of zero emissions and zero fuel consumption...
Obviously, the Germans equipped the Bimmer with all the necessary technologies supposed to help the driver outside the side, so you got them all, including ESP and cruise control.
So, all the necessary technologies are there but, in order to justify the 100,000+ Euros price tag, BMW decided to offer a few other functions as well, most of them related to on-board entertainment.
In case you're a family guy, and no, we're not talking about the famous TV series, the BMW X6 ActiveHybrid might deserve a chance. It comes with four-zone climate control, an advanced audio solution plus navigation features, Bluetooth and voice recognition. Sure, there are no LCD displays for the rear passengers but, in case you're the kind who'd like to turn a car into a living room on wheels, you'd better look into the 7 Series.
The suspension setup seems just right, so you won't feel too many shakes when driving on an uneven roads or passing over small potholes. The xDrive system is also present, just to be sure you'll make it to your destination safely.
Once again, rear visibility is an important issue. We had to deal with hard rain for almost an entire day during our test drive and the only way to see what happens behind our German Goliath was to keep the defogging function turned on all the time. A good thing though is that the car was equipped with electrochromic mirrors, so the driver shouldn't experience any trouble caused by the other cars' headlights during night.Continue reading
Hold on, Mary would like to say something...
Necklace, check. Earrings, check. Rings, check. Bracelet check. Excuse me guys, but I have that weird feeling that I forgot something at home. Don’t know, maybe it’s just a feeling...
So, this is the BMW you were talking about. A hell of a monster, I’d say. It’s huuuge, how long it is? Six, seven meters? Is there any chance to find some police officers to clear the road until I get home? I really don’t think I’m capable of driving this without scratching, hitting, killing other things or beings on the road.
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