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 5, thanks to features like the Drive Performance Control and standard V8 speed automatic transmission.


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 Comfort+ mode to ensure a smooth ride and minimal disruption on uneven surfaces.

    The optional Adaptive Drive function combines Dynamic 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 of a precise steering response, shorter braking distances and increased driving comfort.


Drive Performance Control allows you to use the button in the centre console to activate your 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 acceleration and transmission, as well as the heating and air conditioning strategy. In addition, ECO PRO tips help you optimise your own driving style, while the bonus range gives you feedback on how many additional miles you have gained thanks to optimised fuel consumption.

    BMW fuel consumption studies have shown that ECO PRO mode can reduce fuel consumption by up to 20%, depending on individual driving style. Another 5% can be saved by the additional functions of coasting, preview assistant and ECO PRO Route.

  • Preview assistant

    The preview assistant works with the latest generation of the Professional Navigation System to anticipate local conditions and give you tips long before you become aware of the situation yourself. For example, if there is a speed limit change around the next corner, the system recommends you slow down before the bend, helping you to adapt speed as efficiently as possible.

  • ECO PRO Route

    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.

  • Sport mode

    By contrast, in Sport mode the car responds more directly and allows a more dynamic 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, while for models with automatic transmission, the gearshift timing is shorter. In conjunction with the Adaptive Suspension, the suspension settings are more agile in Sport mode. Meanwhile Servotronic and variable sport steering reduce steering support.



The eight-speed automatic 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.