All-Wheel Drive vs. Four-Wheel Drive at BMW of El Cajon

Here at BMW of El Cajon, we offer a great selection of new and certified pre-owned BMW vehicles for our drivers to choose from. Our team understands that when someone walks into our BMW dealership serving Chula Vista, CA, they are looking for luxury, style, class, and performance. We offer a long list of sedans, coupes, convertibles, and crossovers that feature all that and more! Many of our new BMW models, such as the 2016 BMW X5 xDrive35i crossover SUV and the performance-oriented 2016 BMW M235 xDrive, feature the BMW brand’s intelligent xDrive all-wheel drive system. Keep reading to find out more about all-wheel drive can bring to your new BMW luxury car!

Many people use the terms “all-wheel drive (AWD)” and “four-wheel drive (4WD)” interchangeably. While the basics of the systems may be similar, they are constructed differently and with different uses in mind. AWD drivetrains feature front, rear, and center differentials that send power to all four wheels of the vehicle and are typically found on smaller cars or crossovers to be used as a performance booster. Vehicles with a 4WD drivetrain employ two differentials and a transfer case to provide power to all four wheels of the vehicle. Both AWD and 4WD systems help vehicles maintain traction in slippery and inclement weather conditions. AWD has typically been for sporty cars on pavement and typically come in two styles: part-time and full-time AWD. Some AWD systems offer torque vectoring, which uses sensors to direct engine power to the wheels that have the most traction at any given time, no matter where they are located on the vehicle.

The BMW brand’s intelligent AWD system is known as xDrive. It is an all-wheel drive system with a rear-wheel bias that that provides a sure grip on slippery or uneven roads. It intelligently sends power to the wheel or the wheels with the best grip, or surest footing, on the road. The system does this in mere milliseconds, which is far quicker than any driver could respond. Under normal driving conditions, this means that power is sent evenly to the rear wheels, but as soon as the xDrive system senses atypical wheel slip, it will subtly shift torque in order to address the change in condition and will then offer maximum traction and handling no matter what the surface condition is. Here at your BMW dealers serving Carlsbad, CA, we’re excited about everything that the xDrive system brings to the table and we know Southern California drivers will appreciate it!

Whether you’re looking for a vehicle to provide more traction and stability for your family while you’re traversing the highways or you want a vehicle that provides impressive performance and handling, our new BMW cars and SUVs with the xDrive system have got you covered. To find out more information about this dynamic and impressive system, head on down to your BMW dealers near San Diego, CA to speak to a member of our team today!