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

February 18th, 2019 by

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BMW sDrive is a BMW two-wheel drive system and BMW xDrive is–yep, you guessed it–the BMW AWD system. xDrive models are sometimes more expensive than their sDrive counterparts, but they offer better traction in slippery driving conditions. Learn more about each at Rallye BMW near Roslyn, then contact us for a test drive to experience these systems in action on a new BMW.

BMW sDrive

BMW sDrive refers to a drivetrain system that transmits power to only 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 on Syosset roads.

BMW xDrive

What sets xDrive all-wheel drive apart from other all-wheel drive systems? The xDrive system is standard on models like the BMW X5, and utilizes intelligent all-wheel drive technology designed and engineered by the brand that is obsessed with performance:

  • It works together with Dynamic Stability Control and monitors road conditions.
  • If the sensors detect slippery surfaces or loss of traction, the electronically controlled system sends power to the wheels or wheel with the most traction.
  • This helps to regain control and maintain responsive handling on Jericho roads.

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

To get a better idea of how these drivetrains differ, compare the BMW sDrive vs. xDrive specs 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 Westbury

Ready to see how an sDrive or xDrive feels in action? Visit Rallye BMW, your BMW dealership near Jericho to test drive a model from the BMW lineup.

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