88points

BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (2014)

83points

BMW ActiveHybrid 5 (2014)

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BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (2014) vs BMW ActiveHybrid 5 (2014)

BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (2014)
BMW ActiveHybrid 5 (2014)
BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (2014)
BMW ActiveHybrid 5 (2014)
88
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83
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Why is BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (2014) better than BMW ActiveHybrid 5 (2014)?

  • 0.8l/100 km better fuel economy (city)
    9.4l/100 kmvs10.2l/100 km
  • 0.5l/100 km better fuel economy (highway)
    7.3l/100 kmvs7.8l/100 km
  • 0.6l/100 km better fuel economy (combined)
    8.4l/100 kmvs9l/100 km
  • 256mm shorter length
    4.66mvs4912mm
  • 33mm shorter
    1.43mvs1463mm
  • 48mm narrower
    1.81mvs1859mm
  • 244.94kg lighter
    1.73tvs1979931g

Why is BMW ActiveHybrid 5 (2014) better than BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (2014)?

  • 17.54% larger fuel tank
    67lvs57l
  • 160mm longer wheelbase
    2.97mvs2809mm
  • 1.8% larger interior
    3171lvs3115l

Top specs, facts and figures

General info

1.Has rear-wheel drive
BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (2014)
BMW ActiveHybrid 5 (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. longer drivetrain warranty (km)

80000km

50000km

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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3.Has fully independent suspension
BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (2014)
BMW ActiveHybrid 5 (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.

4.Is a hybrid car
BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (2014)
BMW ActiveHybrid 5 (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.

5. longer basic warranty (km)

80000km

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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96561km

6. longer drivetrain warranty (years)

4yrs

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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12yrs

Dimensions

1. greater cargo volume

396l

283l

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

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3448l

2. shorter length

4.66m

4.91m

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Renault Twizy EV 13kW (2014)

2.34m

3.height

1.43m

1.46m

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Volvo XC70 (2015)

917mm

4. longer wheelbase

2.81m

2.97m

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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Toyota Tundra SR5 (2014)

3.7m

5.weight

1.73t

1.98t

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Mitsubishi ASX (2017)

1.32kg

6.width

1.81m

1.86m

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Peugeot 208 Allure (2014)

1m

Engine

1. better fuel economy (city)

9.4l/100 km

10.2l/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

7.8l/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.

Best

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2.28l/100 km

3. more horsepower

335hp

335hp

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

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Hennessey Venom GT (2014)

1244hp

4.Has a turbocharged engine
BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (2014)
BMW ActiveHybrid 5 (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)
BMW ActiveHybrid 5 (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

67l

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

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132l

Features

1.Has a rear-view camera
BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (2014)
BMW ActiveHybrid 5 (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)
BMW ActiveHybrid 5 (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 regenerative braking
BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (2014)
BMW ActiveHybrid 5 (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.

4.Has in-car system
BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (2014)
BMW ActiveHybrid 5 (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.

5.USB ports

1

1

With more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.

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Honda Clarity Fuel Cell (2017)

2

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

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

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