The driving dynamics of the BMW ActiveHybrid 5.

Every BMW chassis transmits the passion for sporty driving from the vehicle straight to the driver, while simultaneously providing the highest level of safety and comfort. This unique experience is palpable in the BMW ActiveHybrid -- thanks to features like the Driving Experience Control and standard 8-speed Steptronic transmission, among others.

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You can feel the sporty driving pleasure that the chassis of the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 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.

  • Dynamic Damper Control & Adaptive Drive

    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 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.


The Driving Experience Control gives you the choice: you use the button in the centre console to activate the desired mode. Change from Comfort mode, with the standard engine and transmission settings, to ECO PRO Mode, geared towards efficiency, or Sport mode, which enables more dynamic driving. You can see underneath the rev counter which setting is currently activated.

  • ECO PRO Mode

    The economical ECO PRO mode intelligently adapts the characteristic curves for accelerator and transmission as well as the heating/air conditioning strategy. ECO PRO tips help you optimise your own driving and the bonus range gives you feedback on how many additional kilometres you have gained thanks to ECO PRO Mode optimised fuel consumption.
    The ECO PRO mode reduces fuel consumption by up to 20 per cent, depending on individual driving styles. The functions coasting, proactive driving assistant and ECO PRO Route enable another five per cent of savings potential. These are available in conjunction with Steptronic transmission and Navigation system Professional. Saving potential calculated in internal fuel consumption studies.

  • Preview assistant

    The proactive driving assistant works with the latest generation of the Navigation system Professional to anticipate local details and give you tips long before you become aware of the situation yourself. If there is town or a speed limit around the next corner, the system recommends you slow down before the bend so as to adapt speed as efficiently as possible.

  • ECO PRO Route and coasting

    ECO PRO Route also ensures economical use of fuel. It offers you a route optimised for efficiency based on traffic volume, individual driving style and local conditions. You can assess the saving potential indicated and then decide for yourself whether you want to follow this recommendation.
    With the "Coasting" function, the car glides along when you remove your foot from the pedal and let the car "roll". The conventional engine is switched off and it is only the car's own kinetic energy that keeps it moving – entirely without fuel. Brake energy regeneration is active during coasting so as to supply the electrical system with power and save surplus energy if possible. All control and stability programs of course remain active during coasting.

  • Sport mode

    By contrast, in Sport mode the car responds more directly and allows a sportier driving style. A predefined set-up provides much sportier engine and suspension settings as compared to the standard set-up. For example, the engine becomes even more responsive. For models with the 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, the gearshift timing is made much sportier. In conjunction with the Adaptive Suspension, the suspension settings are much more agile in Sport mode. Meanwhile Servotronic and variable sport steering reduce steering support.


The 8-speed Steptronic transmission makes changing gears and driving significantly more convenient, thanks to fast engine speed transitions and shorter shift times. It unites outstanding comfort with palpable dynamics and increased fuel-efficiency. Gears can also be changed manually using the selector lever.