Totally transparent in operation, it provides a feel of unflappability without sacrificing ride comfort during straight-line driving. Active Cruise Control Active Cruise Control is an advanced version of conventional cruise control systems. Warnings are shown in the Check Control display at the bottom of the main instrument cluster, and are prioritized according to urgency. Head-Úp Display The Head-Úp Display is an active safety feature that projects essential information as a virtual image in the driver's line of vision. With the use of a compatible Bluetooth enabled mobile phone, a driver can place and answer calls, and browse and select phonebook contacts from their phone, simply by using the multifunction steering wheel controls and radio keys. The front passenger seat occupant detection mat that determines if, and how, the passenger frontal air bag should deploy in a crash may fatigue and develop cracks which could lead to a system failure. An executive car, the 5-Series is produced in both sedan and touring body styles.
It appears to hover above the hood, about six feet away. For more than thirty years the 5 Series has been the archetypical sport sedan in its form, structure, performance and excellence. Dynamic Traction Control aids driving in deep snow or sand. We found it worked well, remaining unobtrusive and allowing for greater attention to the road. Not quite the handful that the 500-horsepower M5 represents, the 550i nonetheless leaves little to be desired in the performance department with its 360-horsepower V-8. This, taken with the active antiroll system and all the tech both producing and tempering the considerable grunt available underfoot, seems to allow for at least the possibility that direct road feel would be compromised.
It helps protect the head from hitting the side window and being hit by objects penetrating the side window. We want to like the iDrive because it's placed ergonomically, but it never feels quite right. On the road, all the technology pays off in spades. This feature, which we also encountered in the we recently tested, applies countertwisting forces to the front and rear antiroll bars to keep the car flat during cornering. Our car's sport package included 18-inch wheels, hardened suspension settings, and shadowline exterior trim to give it presence and a stance to match its grunt.
This car has a 4 door saloon sedan type body with a front positioned engine powering the rear wheels. This improves the vehicle's suspension geometry the degree of wheel angle relative to vertical. On-board computer functions can also be shown in the Check Control display, if desired. The steering-wheel controls are better, especially the two symbol buttons on the right side, which can be customized for one-touch operation of the driver's most-used features. Úp to four paired phones can be stored in the car's memory system. A pictogram display indicates the location of the feature that requires attention. Vehicles equipped with Bluetooth wireless technology are shipped fully activated, and only require the new owner to complete a simple one-time pairing procedure with a compatible Bluetooth phone.
While saying it doesn't give much up to its bulging big brother the M5 is probably not giving that V-10 beast enough credit, few drivers will find the 550i wanting in any regard. Any time a rear 'drive' wheel begins to lose traction, the system modifies the engine's electronic throttle and ignition timing to reduce torque. Additionally, owners of model year 2006-2007 3 Series with standard seats, 5 Series with comfort seats, and Z4 models, will receive an extended warranty on their front passenger seat occupant detection mat. The beeping becomes faster as your bumper approaches the object, turning into a constant tone when the distance is less than 12 inches. And to help minimize nighttime glare, a sensor constantly measures the surrounding light and automatically adjusts the brightness of the display. The system continually processes data from the anti-lock braking wheelspeed sensors. The iDrive control interface continues to foil attempts at intuitive operation.
Because the driver's eyes no longer have to focus from a long to a short perspective and back again while reading dash gauges, the Head-Úp Display helps keep the driver alert. Check Control Check Control helps the driver to be aware of the operational readiness of important functions, such as the lighting system and fluid levels. Our car wasn't equipped with the active steering option, making do with the standard system, which still incorporates speed-sensitive variable assist and variable-ratio features. Remote trunk release is useful when holding two armfuls of cargo to load. Once the distance has increased back to the chosen limit the system automatically accelerates to return your vehicle to its pre-set speed. Bluetooth® Wireless Technology Bluetooth wireless technology connects mobile phones enabled with Bluetooth to a vehicle for hands-free calling.
Important data, such as current speed or navigational prompts, can be read quickly without having to look away from the road. An interlocking door-anchoring feature helps protect against intrusion from side impacts. Following the 3-Series closely in popularity,. A programmable universal garage-door opener is standard, as are a glass moonroof and an autodimming rearview mirror. This last feature uses the sensors of the automatic wiper system, which we found surprisingly effective while driving around on one of San Francisco's patented misty afternoons. Even includes items that need replacement due to normal wear and tear. .
The recall began September 1, 2017. The driving experience is enhanced by the 550i's long list of electronic chassis systems and interior tech features, many of the latter responding to voice control. The feel from behind the wheel was of confidence-inspiring solidity and precision, especially with our test car's Sport Package. The 550i is a pleasure to drive, with excellent steering feel often described as telepathic and limits of adhesion that few drivers will approach anywhere but on a track. Voice control and feedback are part of the navigation package and worked effectively enough, although commands were frequently misinterpreted while driving with the windows down in the city.