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

There are two BMW-exclusive drivetrain systems that you can choose from on new BMW models: BMW sDrive (two-wheel drive system) and BMW xDrive (BMW AWD system). On many models, the xDrive system is an optional upgrade, but it comes standard on a variety of BMW SUV models. Find out more about each at BMW Concord near Lafayette, then contact your local authorized BMW dealership to schedule a test drive of these systems!

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BMW sDrive

The BMW sDrive system is a two-wheel drive system, meaning it only transmits power to either the front wheels, like in the BMW X2 crossover SUV, or the rear wheels, in sporty models like the 7 Series. Front-wheel drive is perhaps the most common drivetrain system, and usually the least expensive option. Rear-wheel drive will make for a more thrilling driving experience on Walnut Creek roads by enhancing cornering abilities.

BMW xDrive

BMW xDrive is an intelligent all-wheel drive system. All-wheel drive is commonly seen as a standard feature on SUV models like the BMW X5, and provides additional traction support in slippery road conditions.

But what makes BMW xDrive all-wheel different? It is intelligent all-wheel drive technology that can adapt in real-time to road conditions and wheel slip. How does the BMW xDrive work:

  • It works in conjunction with BMW Dynamic Stability Control to monitors road conditions.
  • If the sensors detect slippery surfaces or loss of traction, the electronically controlled system sends power to the wheel or wheels with the most traction.
  • This means you can maintain control and enjoy more responsive handling for a better drive.

Which Models are Available with BMW xDrive and BMW sDrive?

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

BMW sDrive vs. xDrive Cost and Specs

How do these systems look different in terms of specs? Compare the sDrive and xDrive on the BMW X1 to get an idea of what to expect:

  • BMW X1 sDrive – $34,950 MSRP: 228 hp, 0-60 mph in 6.6 seconds, 258 lb-ft of torque, 3,542 pounds curb weight
  • BMW X1 xDrive – $36,950 MSRP: 228 hp, 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds, 258 lb-ft of torque, 3,697 pounds curb weight
  • Both have the same 8-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission with Sport and Manual modes

Experience the Ultimate Driving Machine in Concord

Learn more about BMW exclusive features like BMW ConnectedDrive at BMW Concord, then browse our new BMW cars for sale near Alamo to find out which one has the drivetrain and features you want. Contact us today for additional information or with any questions about BMW and details like is BMW a foreign car!

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BMW Concord
BMW Concord
1967 Market Street
Concord, CA, 94520 US
(888) 707-2860
BMW Concord 37.9752461, -122.0445018.