You can feel the sporty driving pleasure that the chassis of the BMW 5 Series Touring transmits from the road directly to your steering wheel, while guaranteeing safety and the highest possible comfort.
In addition, it confidently meets a variety of requirements: as taut as it is comfortable, dynamic and safe. 50:50 weight distribution between the axles and perfect coordination of the components makes this possible.
The aluminium integral rear axle isolates the road vibrations from the engine and allows more power transmission and comfort. This characteristic can be further refined with the optional integral active steering. The double-arm front axle ensures wheels grip the road tightly. The aluminium structure eliminates unnecessary weight while increasing rigidity, and in the case of a collision, it absorbs the forces of the impact to provide maximum passenger protection. Sporty manoeuvres can be carried out smoothly in every driving situation without any unnecessary jolting of passengers.
The self-levelling suspension fitted as standard in the BMW 5 Series Touring balances out height differences between front and rear axle using the air suspension. Sensors on the rear wheels measure the distance between the body and the road. Depending on the load and driving situation, the air volume in the springs is adjusted so that there is always optimum spring clearance available. This promotes agility and safety even when the vehicle is heavily laden.
Uneven roads, potholes, cobblestones or flawless tarmac – with Dynamic Damper Control there is now a chassis for every road and every driving style. In addition to Comfort, the standard setting, the dampers can be set to the Comfort+ mode (not available for BMW M550d xDrive) for extra comfort thus ensuring minimum disruption on uneven surfaces.
The optional Adaptive Drive function combines Dynamics Damper Control with the active body roll stabilisation Dynamic Drive. Sensors in your BMW permanently monitor vehicle speed, steering-wheel position and the pitch and yaw forces acting on the chassis. Using this data, the system precisely adjusts the stabilisers and the dampers, changing their settings quickly and accurately. This ensures more a precise steering response, shorter braking distances and increased driving comfort.