Driver support

Speed-dependent steering wheel resistance

Updated 1/31/2020

Speed-dependent steering wheel resistance

Speed-dependent power steering increases the steering wheel resistance in pace with the vehicle's speed to give the driver an enhanced feeling of control and stability.

Steering may feel stiffer on highways. When parking and at low speeds, it will be easier to move the steering wheel.


P5-1846-Steering resistance symbol

In rare situations, the power steering may become too hot and require temporary cooling – during such time the power steering will work at reduced output and the steering wheel may feel more difficult to move.

When steering assistance is temporarily reduced, the message Power steering Assistance temporarily reduced and this symbol will appear on the driver display.

While the power steering is working at reduced power, the driver support functions and systems with steering assistance are not available.


If the temperature rises too high, the power steering may be forced to switch off completely. In such a situation, the driver display shows the message Power steering failure Stop safely along with a symbol.

Changing the level of steering wheel resistance*

In INDIVIDUAL drive mode, the level of steering wheel resistance can be adjusted.

Tap Settings in the center display's Top view.

Select My CarDrive ModesSteering Force.

Steering wheel resistance settings can only be accessed if the vehicle is stationary or is moving straight ahead at a low speed.

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