BMW 5-Series Ground Clearance

Ground clearance (also identified as Ride height) computes the length between the lowermost spot of the auto’s chassis and the mark of the tires’ contact with the even road. Nevertheless, the maker of the model might utilize tiny tricks to the fixed program to promote enticing outcome implying the legitimate length from the shock absorbers, the engine oil pan or the muffler to the terrain could be slighter than specified in the official specs.

It is no wonder since practical customers want an increased ground clearance to eradicate problems when parking near the curbs or riding through the uneven environment. The accurate ride height of the model deviates from 120 to 152 mm depending on the year of manufacture and trim. Take into account that a heavy- packed car will definitely sacrifice about 1 inch of ground clearance.

Happily, the model ground clearance can be boosted with the help of spacers for shock absorbers to help the vehicle remain higher off the ground. While getting a taller model, you lose a bit of the former balance and maneuverability in angled turns. Instead model ground clearance can be diminished aiming to get refined handling and stability.

There a number of ways to increase ground clearance. When it comes to lifting or lowering your BMW 5-Series you can choose between bigger tires, a leveling kit, coil spring assisters, coilovers, airlift suspension, suspension lifts, etc.

10.2016 – 2019

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
520i AT 141
520i AT Business 141
520d AT xDrive 141
520d AT xDrive Business 141
520d AT xDrive Exclusive 141
520d AT xDrive M Sport 141
520d AT 141
520d AT Executive 141
520d AT Sport Line 141
530i AT xDrive 141
530i AT xDrive Luxury 141
530i AT xDrive M Sport 141
530i AT 141
530d AT xDrive 141
530d AT xDrive M Sport 141
540i AT xDrive 141
M550d AT xDrive 141
M550i AT xDrive 141

How to raise Ground Clearance on your BMW 5-Series. Tip 1 – Get Bigger Tires.

You can raise the ground clearance of your BMW 5-Series by upgrading tires to the bigger size. This will earn you extra 0,5-1 inch of clearance.


09.2013 – 12.2016

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
528i AT xDrive 141

How to raise Ground Clearance on your BMW 5-Series. Tip 2 – Install Leveling Kit.

Leveling kits are designed to level out the uneven stance and increase the ground clearance of your BMW 5-Series. In most cases, the slight lift will allow for bigger tires. Please refer to Plus Sizing Guides.


09.2013 – 02.2017

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
Ì550d xDrive 131
520i MT 141
520i AT M Sport 141
520i AT 141
520i AT Luxury Line 141
520i AT Special Edition 141
520i AT Business 141
520d MT 141
520d AT 141
520d AT Special Edition 141
520d AT 100 Years Edition 141
520d AT Executive Edition 141
525d AT xDrive 141
525d AT xDrive Business 141
528i AT xDrive M Sport 141
528i AT xDrive 141
528i AT xDrive Luxury 141
528i AT xDrive Business 141
528i AT xDrive Luxury Line 141
528i AT xDrive 100 Years Edition 141
528i AT xDrive Executive Edition 141
530d AT xDrive Luxury 141
535i AT xDrive 141
550i AT xDrive 141

How to raise Ground Clearance on your BMW 5-Series. Tip 3 – install Suspension Lift Kit.

BMW 5-Series Suspension Lift Kits (only available for trucks and SUVs) provide the proper clearance between the tire and chassis when going off-road. Normally, it increases the ground clearance from 2 to 8 inches.


04.2010 – 08.2013

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
520i MT Áàçîâàÿ 141
520i AT Áàçîâàÿ 141
520d MT Áàçîâàÿ 141
520d AT Áàçîâàÿ 141
528i AT xDrive Áàçîâàÿ 141
523i ÌT Áàçîâàÿ 141
523i ÀT Áàçîâàÿ 141
530d xDrive AT Áàçîâàÿ 141
535i ÌT Áàçîâàÿ 141
535i xDrive AT Áàçîâàÿ 141

11.2009 – 08.2013

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
520i MT Áàçîâàÿ 141
520i AT Áàçîâàÿ 141
520i AT Business 141
520i AT Special Edition 141
520i AT 141
520d MT Áàçîâàÿ 141
520d AT 141
520d AT Special Edition 141
525d MT Áàçîâàÿ 141
525d AT xDrive Áàçîâàÿ 141
525d AT xDrive Business 141
528i MT Áàçîâàÿ 141
528i AT xDrive Áàçîâàÿ 141
528i AT xDrive Business 141
528i AT xDrive Luxury 141
528i AT Áàçîâàÿ 141
528i AT Business 141
523i ÌT Áàçîâàÿ 141
523i ÀT Áàçîâàÿ 141
525d ÌT Áàçîâàÿ 141
525d AT Áàçîâàÿ 141
530d ÀT Áàçîâàÿ 141
528i ÌT Áàçîâàÿ 141
528i ÀT Áàçîâàÿ 141
530d MT Áàçîâàÿ 141
530d AT xDrive Áàçîâàÿ 141
530d AT xDrive Business 141
530d AT xDrive Luxury 141
530d AT Áàçîâàÿ 141
535i MT Áàçîâàÿ 141
535i AT xDrive Áàçîâàÿ 141
535i AT Áàçîâàÿ 141
535d AT xDrive Áàçîâàÿ 141
535d AT Áàçîâàÿ 141
M550d AT xDrive Áàçîâàÿ 141
550i AT xDrive Áàçîâàÿ 141
550i AT Áàçîâàÿ 141

09.2007 – 03.2010

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
520i MT 142
520i AT 142
520d MT 142
520d AT 142
523i MT 142
523i AT 142
525d MT xDrive 142
525d MT 142
525d AT xDrive 142
525d AT 142
525i MT xDrive 142
525i MT 142
525i AT xDrive 142
525i AT 142
530d MT xDrive 142
530d MT 142
530d AT xDrive 142
530d AT 142
530i MT xDrive 142
530i MT 142
530i AT xDrive 142
530i AT 142
535d AT 142
550i MT 142
550i AT 142

09.2007 – 02.2010

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
520i MT 142
520i AT 142
520d MT 142
520d AT 142
523i MT 142
523i AT 142
525d MT xDrive 142
525d MT 142
525d AT xDrive 142
525d AT 142
525i MT xDrive 142
525i MT 142
525i AT xDrive 142
525i AT 142
530d MT xDrive 142
530d MT 142
530d AT xDrive 142
530d AT 142
530i MT xDrive 142
530i MT 142
530i AT xDrive 142
530i AT 142
535d AT 142
535i MT 142
535i AT 142
540i MT 142
540i AT 142
550i MT 142
550i AT 142

04.2004 – 08.2007

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
520d MT 143
520d AT 143
523i MT 143
523i AT 143
525d MT 143
525d AT 143
525i MT 143
525i AT 143
525i MT xDrive 143
525i AT xDrive 143
530d MT 143
530d AT 143
530i MT 143
530i AT 143
530i MT xDrive 143
530i AT xDrive 143
535d AT 143
545i MT 143
545i AT 143
550i MT 143
550i AT 143

09.2003 – 08.2007

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
520d MT 142
520d AT 142
520i MT 142
520i AT 142
523i MT 142
523i AT 142
525d MT 142
525d AT 142
525i MT 142
525i AT 142
525i MT xDrive 142
525i AT xDrive 142
530d MT 142
530d AT 142
530i MT 142
530i AT 142
530i MT xDrive 142
530i AT xDrive 142
530i ÀT 142
535d AT 142
540i MT 142
540i AT 142
545i MT 142
545i AT 142
550i MT 142
550i AT 142

09.2000 – 03.2004

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
520d MT 120
525d MT 120
525d AT 120
530d MT 120
530d AT 120
540i MT 120
540i AT 120

09.2000 – 08.2003

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
520d MT 120
525d MT 120
530d MT 120
520i MT 140
520i AT 140
525d AT 140
525i MT 140
525i AT 140
530d AT 140
530i MT 140
530i AT 140
535i MT 140
535i AT 140
540i MT 140
540i AT 140

03.1997 – 08.2000

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
525tds MT 120
525tds AT 120
523i MT 120
523i AT 120
530d MT 120
530d AT 120
520i MT 140
520i AT 140

09.1995 – 08.2000

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
525td MT 120
525tds MT 120
525tds AT 120
523i MT 120
523i AT 120
530d MT 120
530d AT 120
535i MT 120
535i AT 120
540i MT 120
540i AT 120
520i MT 140
520i AT 140

03.1994 – 12.1995

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
525td MT 120
525td AT 120
525tds MT 120
525tds AT 120

09.2013 – 12.2016

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
518d MT 141
518d AT 141
520i MT 141
520i AT 141
520d MT 141
520d AT xDrive 141
520d AT 141
525d MT 141
525d AT xDrive 141
525d AT 141
528i MT 141
528i AT xDrive 141
528i AT 141
530d MT 141
530d AT xDrive 141
530d AT 141
535i AT xDrive 141
535d AT xDrive 141
535d AT 141
M550d AT xDrive 141
550i AT 141

09.2013 – 02.2017

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
518d MT 141
518d AT 141
520i MT 141
520i AT 141
520d MT 141
520d AT xDrive 141
520d AT 141
525d MT 141
525d AT xDrive 141
525d AT 141
528i MT 141
528i AT xDrive 141
528i AT 141
530d MT 141
530d AT xDrive 141
530d AT 141
530i MT 141
530i AT 141
535i AT xDrive 141
535d AT xDrive 141
535d AT 141
3.0 AT ActiveHybrid 5 141
M550d AT xDrive 141
550i AT xDrive 141

04.2010 – 08.2013

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
520i MT 141
520i AT 141
520d MT 141
520d AT 141
525d MT 141
525d AT xDrive 141
525d AT 141
528i MT 141
528i AT xDrive 141
528i AT 141
523i MT 141
523i AT 141
530d MT 141
530d AT xDrive 141
530d AT 141
530i MT 141
530i AT 141
535i MT 141
535i AT xDrive 141
535i AT 141
535d AT xDrive 141
535d AT 141
M550d AT xDrive 141
550i AT xDrive 141
550i AT 141

11.2009 – 08.2013

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
520i MT 141
520i AT 141
520d MT 141
520d MT Efficient Dynamics Edition 141
520d AT 141
525d AT xDrive 141
528i AT xDrive 141
523i MT 141
523i AT 141
525d MT 141
525d AT 141
530d MT 141
530d AT 141
528i MT 141
528i AT 141
530d AT xDrive 141
530i MT 141
530i AT 141
535i MT 141
535i AT xDrive 141
535i AT 141
535d AT xDrive 141
535d AT 141
3.0 AT ActiveHybrid 5 141
M550d AT xDrive 141
550i AT xDrive 141
550i AT 141

03.2007 – 09.2010

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
520d MT Edition Fleet 142
520d AT Edition Fleet 142
520i MT 142
520i AT 142
520d MT 142
520d AT 142
523i MT 142
523i AT 142
525xd MT xDrive 142
525d MT 142
525xd AT xDrive 142
525d AT 142
525xi MT xDrive 142
525i MT 142
525xi AT xDrive 142
525i AT 142
530xd MT xDrive 142
530d MT 142
530xd AT xDrive 142
530d AT 142
530xi MT xDrive 142
530i MT 142
530xi AT xDrive 142
530i AT 142
535d AT 142
550i MT 142
550i AT 142

03.2007 – 03.2010

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
520d MT Edition Fleet 142
520d AT Edition Fleet 142
520i MT 142
520i AT 142
520d MT 142
520d AT 142
523i MT 142
523i AT 142
525xd MT xDrive 142
525d MT 142
525xd AT xDrive 142
525d AT 142
525xi MT xDrive 142
525i MT 142
525xi AT xDrive 142
525i AT 142
530xd MT xDrive 142
530d MT 142
530xd AT xDrive 142
530d AT 142
530xi MT xDrive 142
530i MT 142
530xi AT xDrive 142
530i AT 142
535d AT 142
540i MT 142
540i AT 142
550i MT 142
550i AT 142

05.2004 – 02.2007

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
520d MT Edition Fleet 142
520d AT Edition Fleet 142
520d MT 142
520d AT 142
523i MT 142
523i AT 142
525d MT 142
525d AT 142
525i MT 142
525i AT 142
525xi MT xDrive 142
525xi AT xDrive 142
530d MT 142
530d AT 142
530i MT 142
530i AT 142
530xd MT xDrive 142
530xd AT xDrive 142
530xi MT xDrive 142
530xi AT xDrive 142
535d AT 142
545i MT 142
545i AT 142
550i MT 142
550i AT 142

07.2003 – 02.2007

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
520d MT Edition Fleet 142
520d AT Edition Fleet 142
520d MT 142
520d AT 142
520i MT 142
520i AT 142
523i MT 142
523i AT 142
525d MT 142
525d AT 142
525i MT 142
525i AT 142
525xi MT xDrive 142
525xi AT xDrive 142
530d MT 142
530d AT 142
530i MT 142
530i AT 142
530xd MT xDrive 142
530xd AT xDrive 142
530xi MT xDrive 142
530xi AT xDrive 142
535d AT 142
540i MT 142
540i AT 142
545i MT 142
545i AT 142
550i MT 142
550i AT 142

09.2000 – 04.2004

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
520d MT 120
520i MT 120
520i AT 120
525d MT 120
525d AT 120
525i MT 120
525i AT 120
530d MT 120
530d AT 120
530i MT 120
530i AT 120
540i MT 120
540i AT 120

09.2000 – 06.2003

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
520d MT 120
520i MT 120
520i AT 120
525d MT 120
525d AT 120
525i MT 120
525i AT 120
530d MT 120
530d AT 120
530i MT 120
530i AT 120
535i MT 120
535i AT 120
540i MT 120
540i AT 120

03.1997 – 08.2000

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
520i MT 120
520i AT 120
525tds MT 120
525tds AT 120
523i MT 120
523i AT 120
528i MT 120
528i AT 120
530d MT 120
530d AT 120
540i MT 120
540i AT 120

12.1995 – 08.2000

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
520i MT 120
520i AT 120
525tds MT 120
525tds AT 120
523i MT 120
523i AT 120
528i MT 120
528i AT 120
530d MT 120
530d AT 120
535i MT 120
535i AT 120
540i MT 120
540i AT 120

03.1994 – 12.1995

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
525td MT 120
525td AT 120
525tds MT 120
525tds AT 120

03.1994 – 06.1996

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
525td MT 120
525td AT 120
525tds MT 120
525tds ÀT 120

09.1991 – 02.1994

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
525td MT 120
525td AT 120
525tds MT 120
525tds ÀT 120

01.1988 – 02.1994

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
525td MT 120
525td AT 120
525tds MT 120
525tds AT 120
520i MT 140
520i AT 140

06.1981 – 12.1987

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
518i MT 140
518 MT 140
520i MT 140
520i AT 140
524td MT 140
524d MT 140
525i MT 140
525i AT 140
525e MT 140
525e AT 140
528i MT 140
528i AT 140
535i MT 140
M 535i MT 140
535i AT 140
M 535i AT 140

08.1976 – 06.1981

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
518 MT 152
518 AT 152
520/4 MT 152
520/4 AT 152
520/6 MT 152
520/6 AT 152
520i MT 152
525 MT 152
525 AT 152
528 MT 152
528 AT 152
528i MT 152
528i AT 152
M 535i MT 152

08.1972 – 07.1976

Trims Ground Clearance, mm
518 MT 152
520/4 MT 152
520/4 AT 152
520i MT 152
525 MT 152
525 AT 152
528 MT 152
528 AT 152

How to lower the Ground Clearance on your BMW 5-Series.

Option 1 – Install Lowering Springs.

Option 2 – Install Coilovers

Option 3 – Install Air Suspension Kit


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