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

2021 BMW X7

Are you comparing BMW sDrive vs. xDrive? xDrive is BMW AWD technology designed to enhance your every drive, but sDrive isn’t your average 2WD setup. Although xDrive will improve your vehicle’s handling and acceleration, models equipped with sDrive are generally slightly more efficient. Both options offer torque vectoring technology, and neither will leave you wanting more, but only one will feel just right for you!

BMW sDrive: 2WD with Torque Vectoring Technology

Considering a model with BMW sDrive? Here’s what you should know:

  • BMW sDrive transmits power to two of your vehicle’s four wheels. 
  • Unlike most single-axle drivetrains from competing manufacturers, BMW sDrive includes torque vectoring technology for a more engaging drive.
  • For the vast majority of new models in our lineup, it’s the rear wheels that receive that power and drive you forward. 
  • However, there are exceptions: smaller models like the BMW X2 may offer standard front-wheel drive instead.

BMW sDrive is a good choice if you enjoy the unique, sporty performance of RWD. It’s also the right pick if you want to maximize your fuel economy for drives through Marietta and Johns Creek.

BMW xDrive: Adaptive Symmetric AWD

BMW xDrive is symmetric AWD technology that lets you make the most of your vehicle’s power. Here’s where it stands out:

  • xDrive AWD technology directs power to where it’s needed most. To this end, it offers torque vectoring technology and an electronically-actuated clutch pack differential.
  • This adaptive BMW AWD technology responds immediately to a loss of traction. Unlike BMW sDrive, xDrive can immediately direct excess power to the front or the rear in the event that your tires lose their grip on the road.
  • xDrive works together with Dynamic Stability Control to transfer torque from side to side as well. 

Interested in exploring the other features in BMW models? Learn more about the brand with our team.

Which Models are Available with BMW xDrive and BMW sDrive?

While many models in our lineup are available with BMW sDrive or BMW xDrive, this isn’t necessarily true across the board. Here’s a brief overview of the drivetrains offered in each of our vehicles:

Models with Standard sDrive

Each of the following models comes standard with BMW sDrive 2WD:

  • X1
  • X2
  • X3
  • X5
  • X6
  • 7 Series sedan
  • Z4 roadster

Models with Available xDrive

All models with standard sDrive (see above) give you the option to upgrade with BMW xDrive. xDrive is also available on the following models:

  • 2 Series
  • 3 Series
  • 4 Series
  • 5 Series
  • 8 Series

Models with Standard xDrive

Several models include BMW xDrive AWD as standard. Here’s where to look:

  • X4
  • X7
  • I8
  • M5
  • M8
  • X3 M
  • X4 M
  • X5 M
  • X6 M

Compare BMW sDrive vs. xDrive for Yourself!

If you’re still on the fence, we recommend that you get up close and personal with both options! Contact us today to make an appointment, or find out how to shop and buy online from your home in Alpharetta or Milton.


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