Five-Point Inspection: 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5

Inconsistent brakes

The BMW Active Hybrid 5 mates the German brand’s normally smooth turbocharged inline six-cylinder with a 0.68-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, and the result is some strange brake response. While steering feel and handling are at the typical levels of BMW smoothness, there is an inconsistency in the brake pedal which is unnerving.

Without changing right foot pressure, the car can occasionally change the amount of power being translated through to brakes, providing a disconnected feeling between brake pedal and brake calipers, or for that matter, between the driver and the road.


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