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

BMW X3 in Rain

BMW sDrive is a BMW two-wheel drive system and BMW xDrive is–yep, you guessed it–the BMW AWD system. xDrive models are often a bit more pricey than their sDrive counterparts, but that is due to their enhanced performance in less than ideal driving conditions. BMW of Bloomington discusses the basics of each option, so you can find out which is a better fit for your driving needs before visiting us for a test drive.

BMW sDrive

BMW sDrive sends power to just two wheels. Depending on the BMW model, sDrive might be directing power to the front wheels, like in the BMW X2 crossover SUV, or it might be directing power to the rear wheels in sporty models like the 7 Series, for thrilling cornering and handling.

BMW xDrive

xDrive all-wheel drive is not your typical AWD system. The xDrive system is a standard offering with models like the BMW X5. xDrive utilizes intelligent all-wheel drive technology to deliver the ultimate in performance and handling precision.

  • It works together with Dynamic Stability Control to keep track of road conditions.
  • If the sensors detect slick surfaces or they notice a decrease in traction, the electronically controlled system will transmit power to the wheels or wheel with the most traction.
  • xDrive allows you to regain control and maintain responsive handling even in the most challenging driving conditions.
BMW in Snow

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

For a better understanding of how these systems can affect your Pekin commute, take a look at how the BMW sDrive vs. xDrive specs stack up on the BMW X1:

  • 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 Driving Power of a BMW in Bloomington

If you would like to experience sDrive or xDrive in person, be sure to set up a test drive at BMW of Bloomington. No matter which option you prefer, you can have peace of mind knowing that all BMW models have been carefully crafted to deliver the state-of-the-art performance you can rely on for many years to come–from the smallest BMW convertible to the most spacious SUV. Contact us today for more information.

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