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

BMW X5 xDrive

Take a peek at our new inventory at BMW of Peoria and you’ll notice plenty of models with signature BMW performance. But before you take a new car home to Pekin, you might stop and wonder, “What’s the difference between BMW sDrive vs xDrive?” To put it simply,

  • BMW sDrive is a two-wheel drive option on vehicles like the BMW 7 Series.
  • BMW xDrive is a BMW AWD system, available on SUVs like the BMW X4 and select sedans.

Both have their own benefits, so which is right for you?

BMW sDrive

BMW sDrive is a two-wheel drive system that directs engine power to a single set of wheels. Models like the BMW X2 Series feature front-wheel drive, while sporty models like the 7 Series use rear-wheel drive.

Though not a BMW AWD system, BMW sDrive provides responsive handling and fantastic efficiency for your Galesburg travels.

BMW xDrive

If you struggle with rough road conditions and harsh weather, a true BMW AWD system may be what you need. BMW xDrive is unique in its approach, offering intelligent AWD technology that monitors the conditions of the road at all times with Dynamic Stability Control and Dynamic Traction Control.

If your wheels slip, power is redistributed immediately to boost performance and help you regain control.

Which Models Have BMW sDrive vs xDrive?

  • 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, 7 Series, 8 Series, X1, X2, X3, X5, X6
  • Models with Standard xDrive: X4, X7, i8, M5, M8, X3 M, X4 M, X5 M, X6 M
  • Models with Normal Rear-Wheel Drive: i3, M2, M4

How Does BMW sDrive vs xDrive Compare?

To get a better idea of how these drivetrains differ, compare the BMW sDrive vs. xDrive specs on the BMW X1:

2020 BMW X1 sDrive ($35,200 MSRP): 

  • Power: 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque
  • Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 6.6 seconds
  • Curb Weight: 3,554 pounds

2020 BMW X1 xDrive ($37,200 MSRP)

  • Power: 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque
  • Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds
  • Curb Weight: 3,713 pounds curb weight

Both have the same 8-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission with Sport and Manual modes.

BMW X5 Off-Road

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