2011 BMW 528i: Rides Just Fine in Sport Mode
January 04, 2011
I was never a huge fan of the Sport mode in our BMW 7 Series. It never felt quite right when dialed up to its stiffest setting. It was like the car just didn't want to be there. Normal always felt like its natural state.
Our 528i feels different. I drove it around in Sport mode most of the weekend and it feels right at home. Not overly jumpy or stiff, just taut around corners and firm over dips. It's a fine line and I think this 5 Series straddles it nicely. I didn't notice that much of a difference between the "Sport" and "Sport+" modes, so I generally left it in the former.
As you can see, there's some variation to the Sport mode settings if you want to mess with things a little. Probably a good thing as the throttle response is pretty quick when you dial it up. As far as the chassis goes, I could leave that in Sport all the time and not get tired of it. if only it would stay there after I set it.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Inside Line @ 6,503 miles