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


If you’re a Lowell, MA driver in the market for a new BMW but not sure where to start, browse through our online inventory at Tulley BMW of Nashua in Nashua. Before you decide on a model, you might be curious to know the difference between the BMW sDrive vs. xDrive. Honestly, the difference is simple: 

  •  BMW sDrive: This is the two-wheel option, which is found in vehicles like the BMW 7 series. 
  • BMW xDrive: This is the BMW AWD system, which is found in BMW SUVs such as the BMW X4 and specific sedans. 

BMW sDrive vs. xDrive: sDrive 

The BMW sDrive system is the two-wheel drive system that generates power from the engine to a single set of wheels. Westford drivers will find that models like the 7 Series offer rear-wheel drive, while models like the BMW X2 Series offer front-wheel drive. The BMW sDrive system still offers incredible handling and efficiency even though it’s not the BMW AWD system. 

BMW sDrive vs. xDrive: xDrive 

The winter months can be brutal in Manchester when it comes to severe weather and difficult road conditions. The BMW AWD system can handle the challenge! The BMW xDrive system, in other words the BMW AWD system is designed to offer drivers a unique approach to advanced AWD technology. The BMW AWD system utilizes Dynamic Stability Control to actively monitor road conditions. 

BMW sDrive vs. xDrive: Common Models 

  • Models with Standard BMW sDrive: BMW 7 Series, X1, X2, X3, X5, X6, Z4
  • Models with Available BMW xDrive: BMW 2 Series, 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series, 8 Series, X1, X2, X3, X5, X6
  • Models with Standard BMW xDrive: X4, X7, i8, M5, M8, X3 M, X4 M, X5 M, X6 M
  • Models with Regular Rear-Wheel Drive: i3, M2, M4

What are the Biggest Differences Between BMW sDrive vs. xDrive? 

Below are a few specs from two BMW models to showcase the differences between the BMW sDrive vs. xDrive: 

2020 BMW X1 sDrive

  • $35,200 MSRP 
  • Power: 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque
  • Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 6.6 seconds

2020 BMW X1 xDrive

  • $37,200 MSRP
  • Power: 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque
  • Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds

Both offer Sport mode, Manual mode, and the 8-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission. 

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