Our test 530i was equipped with the Sport Package that included BMW's Active Suspension, Active Steering and 18-inch run-flat tires. At highway speeds, the system is almost undetectable, and our...
... test car tracked straight and true in the best BMW tradition. By the completion of our test, we were fans of the Active Steering technology.
In contrast, the Active Suspension behaved transparently (and brilliantly), enabling a smooth ride even over choppy pavement and providing unimaginably tenacious grip in sharp corners. The 530i's 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine supplies great low-end torque and smooth throttle response. Our test car came equipped with a six-speed manual, which was an enjoyable departure from other cars of this class, though we imagine most 5 Series cars will be sold with the STEPTRONIC automatic transmission.