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BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (2014)

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BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (2014) review: 37 facts and highlights

BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (2014)
BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (2014)

Why is BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (2014) better than the average?

  • better fuel economy (city)
    9.4l/100 kmvs12.33l/100 km
  • better fuel economy (highway)
    7.3l/100 kmvs8.28l/100 km
  • more horsepower
    335hpvs275.43hp
  • Height
    1.43mvs1.47m
  • more valves
    24vs20.12
  • shorter length
    4.66mvs4.86m
  • longer basic warranty (km)
    80000kmvs72525.01km
  • better fuel economy (combined)
    8.4l/100 kmvs9.84l/100 km

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General info

1.Has rear-wheel drive
BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (2014)

Rear-wheel drive benefits from increased traction when accelerating, as the weight of the vehicle shifts to the rear over the drive wheels. The weight of the car is also more evenly distributed, resulting in improved handling.

2.Has fully independent suspension
BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (2014)

This allows all four wheels to move up and down independently, providing a smoother ride when, for example, going over bumps in the road.

3.Is a hybrid car
BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (2014)

Hybrid cars run on a mixture of petrol (gasoline) and electric power. They offer several benefits over traditional petrol-powered cars. For example they produce less CO2 emissions, and due to their fuel efficiency they are often cheaper to run.

4. longer drivetrain warranty (km)

80000km

The drivetrain warranty covers parts of the car such as the engine, transmission, driveshaft etc. This is usually longer than the basic warranty. It lasts either a certain number of years or amount of kilometres driven.

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5. longer basic warranty (km)

80000km

The basic warranty of a car covers all aspects other than parts which are subject to normal wear and tear, such as windscreen wipers and brake pads. It lasts either a certain number of years or amount of kilometres driven.

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6. longer drivetrain warranty (years)

4yrs

The drivetrain warranty covers parts of the car such as the engine, transmission, driveshaft etc. This is usually longer than the basic warranty. It lasts either a certain number of years or amount of kilometres driven.

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Dimensions

1. greater cargo volume

396l

A larger cargo area is more practical as it allows you to transport more things.

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2.height

1.43m

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1.41m

3. shorter length

4.66m

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4.42m

4. longer wheelbase

2.81m

The wheelbase is the distance between the center of the front and rear wheels. A longer wheelbase provides the car with more stability and a smoother ride (although a shorter wheelbase can provide more responsive handling).

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3.57m

5.weight

1.73t

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1.85kg

6. larger interior

3115l

A larger interior volume makes for a more comfortable driving experience, giving more space for you and your passengers.

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Engine

1. better fuel economy (city)

9.4l/100 km

Fuel economy is a measurement of fuel efficiency, based on how far you can travel with a certain amount of petrol (gasoline). A lower fuel economy means the car will be cheaper to run.

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1.87l/100 km

2. better fuel economy (highway)

7.3l/100 km

Fuel economy is a measurement of fuel efficiency, based on how far you can travel with a certain amount of petrol (gasoline). A lower fuel economy means the car will be cheaper to run.

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2.28l/100 km

3. more horsepower

335hp

Horsepower is the most common unit for measuring the power of an engine.

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4.Has a turbocharged engine
BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (2014)

A turbocharger compresses the air entering the cylinders, allowing more air (and therefore more fuel) to be added - resulting in a more powerful explosion. This leads to an increase in horsepower without increasing the size and weight of the engine.

5.Has Stop-Start system
BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (2014)

A Stop-Start system automatically turns off the engine when stopping in traffic or at a red light, and seamlessly starts it again when pressure is applied to the accelerator. This saves fuel and is more ecological.

6. larger fuel tank

57l

A larger fuel tank means that you have to stop to refill less often.

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122.4l

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Features

1.Has a rear-view camera
BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (2014)

A rear-view camera (also known as a back-up camera) provides a view of behind the vehicle, helping to prevent accidents. It is particularly useful in vehicles with large blind spots such as pickup trucks.

2.Has smart key as standard
BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (2014)

A smart key is a wireless key that offers several benefits over a traditional key. For example when you approach the car the doors will automatically unlock, and you can turn the engine on with the press of a button.

3.Has in-car system
BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (2014)

An in-car system (eg. Ford SYNC, Apple CarPlay) gives you extra functionality, such as navigation, taking phone calls (when linked to your smartphone) and controlling music.

4.Has regenerative braking
BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (2014)

Hybrids and electric cars use regenerative braking, which captures the kinetic energy produced by braking and converts it into electricity. This then charges the battery, effectively increasing the car’s fuel efficiency.

5.Has stolen vehicle tracking system
BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (2014)

The vehicle has a tracking system that utilises GPS, allowing you to locate it in case it is stolen.

6.Has Bluetooth
BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (2014)

Bluetooth is a wireless technology that allows you to easily transfer data between different devices, such as smartphones, tablets and computers.

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