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

A 2020 BMW X5 with xDrive

If you’re in the market for a new BMW in Chicago or Park Ridge you’ve likely seen some models marked as BMW sDrive while others are marked as BMW xDrive. Want to know the differences between the BMW sDrive vs. xDrive? Perillo BMW breaks it down for you below:

  • 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 of these great luxury SUV features below, or discover the difference in person at Perillo BMW near Oak Park.



BMW sDrive

BMW sDrive is the standard two-wheel drive system found on sedans and coupes. The BMW sDrive is front-wheel drive on some vehicles, like the BMW 1 Series, but for the most part, BMW sDrives are rear-wheel drive models. Drivers who prefer a classic stick shift option will likely opt for a sedan with BMW sDrive, as the BMW xDrive sedans sport strictly automatic transmissions.

BMW xDrive

In search of a BMW AWD? The BMW xDrive the brand’s upgraded answer to all-wheel drive. The BMW xDrive takes AWD a step further, 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.

Which BMW Models are Available with sDrive and xDrive?

  • 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

BMW xDrive vs. BMW sDrive Model Comparison

There are a few factors that set these drivetrains apart. Below are a few specs, complete with pricing information:

  • BMW X1 sDrive – $35,200 MSRP: 228 hp, 0-60 mph in 6.6 seconds, 258 lb-ft of torque, 3,542 pounds curb weight
  • BMW X1 xDrive – $37,200 MSRP: 228 hp, 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds, 258 lb-ft of torque, 3,697 pounds curb weight

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

Experience the Power of a BMW in Chicago

Here at Perillo BMW, we like to assist car buyers in making an informed decision for their next vehicle investment. Beyond researching the BMW sDrive vs. xDrive online, we encourage you to get behind the wheel for a test drive today! Make the trip to Chicago to get in the driver’s seat and decide on your next BMW 5 Series or other luxury BMW model. To learn more about BMW xDrive or schedule your test drive contact us today! You can also sell your current vehicle plus obtain financing at Perillo BMW.

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