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

BMW X1 Driving on Wet Pavement


If you’re shopping for a new BMW around North Haven, you’ve probably seen some models marked as BMW sDrive and others as BMW xDrive. Do you know the difference?

  • BMW sDrive is the standard two-wheel drive option on vehicles like the BMW 5 Series
  • BMW xDrive is the BMW AWD system, standard on SUVs like the BMW X5 and available on select sedans

Learn more about each below, or discover the difference in person at BMW of North Haven near New Haven.

BMW sDrive

BMW sDrive is the standard two-wheel drive system found on sedans and coupes. It might be directing power to the front wheels on vehicles like the BMW 1 Series, but more likely your BMW sDrive will be a rear-wheel drive model. Drivers in love with a classic stick shift might prefer a sedan with BMW sDrive, as the BMW xDrive sedans sport automatic transmissions.

BMW xDrive

You already know that BMW xDrive is the all-wheel drive system on BMW models, but it’s more than just BMW AWD. BMW xDrive is different from your standard AWD system, utilizing intelligent all-wheel drive technology designed and engineered by the brand that is obsessed with performance:

  • xDrive works with Dynamic Stability Control to monitor road conditions and adjust performance as necessary.
  • If your xDrive sensors detect slippery surfaces or a loss of traction, power is automatically transferred to the wheel or wheels that need it the most, keeping you in control.
BMW X1 Parked on Snow Mountain

Which Models are Available with BMW xDrive and BMW sDrive?

  • Models with Standard sDrive: BMW 2 Series, 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, 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

What’s the Difference Between xDrive and sDrive?

To give you an idea of what sets these drivetrains apart, here are a few specs, complete with price

  • 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 North Haven

Words can only describe a BMW so far, and if you’re really wanting to weigh the difference between BMW sDrive and BMW xDrive, you should get behind the wheel. Make the trip from Cheshire or Branford to BMW of North Haven to get some quality time in the driver’s seat and decide on your next BMW 5 Series or BMW X7 configuration. To learn more about BMW xDrive or schedule your test drive contact us today! You can also compare specs on the BMW X3 vs. X5 sDrive and xDrive systems to learn more, and even find out what BMW stands for if you’ve ever wondered.

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