BMW sDrive vs. xDrive: What's the Difference?

As you shop for a new BMW for your San Francisco commutes, you’ll have a choice of two drivetrain options: BMW sDrive or BMW xDrive. What’s the difference between BMW sDrive vs. xDrive? The former is a two-wheel drive system, while the latter is an all-wheel drive system. Vehicles with BMW xDrive are sometimes more expensive than their sDrive equivalents, but they offer greater traction on rainy roads in San Jose. Get all the details you need on both systems to help determine which is right for your needs, below!

BMW sDrive Details

Being a two-wheel drive system, BMW sDrive only transmits power to two wheels at a time. Whether that’s the front or rear wheels depends on the BMW model you choose. For example, crossover SUVs like the BMW X2 direct power to the front wheels, while sporty sedans like the 7 Series direct power to the rear wheels to allow for better cornering and handling.

BMW xDrive Details

As the BMW AWD system, BMW xDrive sends power to all four wheels. But what sets xDrive apart from other all-wheel drive systems? Standard on models like the X7 SUV, xDrive uses intelligent all-wheel drive technology that was designed by BMW engineers who are dedicated to delivering unbridled performance:

  • BMW xDrive works in tandem with Dynamic Stability Control and monitors the road conditions ahead, ensuring you always get the exact amount of power you need while navigating Dublin.
  • If a loss of traction or a slick surface is detected, power is sent to the wheels or wheel that has the greatest traction.

The BMW AWD system inspires confidence in Pleasanton drivers, helping you remain in control in even the worst of road conditions.

Which Models Offer BMW xDrive and BMW sDrive?

  • Models with Standard sDrive: BMW 7 series, X1, X2, X3, X5, X6, Z4
  • Models with Available xDrive: BMW 2 Series, 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, pre-owned 6 Series, 7 Series, 8 Series, X1, X2, X3, X6
  • Models with Standard xDrive: X4, X7

For a clearer idea of how the performance specs of your BMW might be affected by either system, compare BMW sDrive vs. xDrive specs for the BMW X1 SUV:

  • BMW X1 with sDrive: 228 hp / 258 lb-ft of torque, 0 – 60 mph in 6.6 seconds, 3,542-pound curb weight
  • BMW X1 with xDrive: 228 hp / 258 lb-ft of torque, 0 – 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, 3,697-pound curb weight

Compare BMW AWD vs. 2WD at East Bay BMW

Want to experience both drivetrains firsthand? Contact the team at East Bay BMW to set up a test drive today! You can learn more about other BMW model features while you’re here, then speak with our finance team to explore your leasing and buying options. Before heading out from San Ramon to visit us, be sure to check out our latest new vehicle specials! As you shop for your new BMW, you might wonder: What does BMW mean? Explore this and more in our guide to the brand’s interesting history!

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