BMW xDrive All-Wheel Drive vs. The Competition

At the 3 Series comparison drive this summer, we put our xDrive All-Wheel Drive system to the test against our competitors. Watch to see which one came out on top.

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The Differences Between Audi Quattro and BMW xDrive
Here's an overview of how each of these leviathans of the all-wheel drive world work. SUBSCRIBE: VISIT OUR SHOP: SNAPCHAT! ----- Follow Car Throttle ----- Subscribe to Car Throttle: On our website: On Facebook: On Twitter: ----- Music by ----- Tom Kent: YouTube: ---- Credits ---- Quattro UR-Quattro video UR-Quattro image 325iX

2012 BMW xDrive Comparison Drive Event -Audi A4 2.0T Quattro, BMW 328i xDrive
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BMW X Drive All Wheel Drive Demonstration at Mt. Kisco BMW
The BMW X Drive Team rolled into Mt. Kisco BMW last week to give drivers a chance experience the BMW intelligent 4x4 system. BMW X Drive team member Brian Ross Owen gave us a demonstration of how the BMW X Drive System performs against competitive brands. First we put a Mercedes GLK350 up on rollers to simulate the worst possible traction your vehicle might encounter. The two front tires were on rollers as well as one of the back tires. Only one tire, was actually on pavement. Mercedes uses a mechanical multi-plate clutch. As Brian explained, any time you have a mechanical system you have a reactive system. Slippage has to take place before the system says "okay, I need to engage." Mercedes four wheel drive has the ability to transfer up to 70% of available power to the front and 70% of available power to the rear and then splits that from side to side, left to right tire or vice versa. The Mercedes GLK350 had to rev up to 200 RPM before the system was able to clear the blocks. The BMW X Drive System uses an electronic multi-plate clutch, which means that it is intelligent and pro-active. It reacts quickly to smartly distribute power where it is needed and does so in milliseconds. BMW X Drive can transfer up to 100% of available power to the front or to the rear, giving you the best possible traction at all times, enhancing agility and keeping you safely on track. BMW X Drive ensures a tight grip on slick roads, without sacrificing the feel of rear wheel drive. The BMW vehicle was able to clear the blocks in seconds, without exceeding 1400 RPM. Come up to Mt. Kisco BMW and test drive an X Drive equipped vehicle. We are committed to elevating the standard of care for you and your vehicle. BMW Mount Kisco: On another level up here. BMW Mt. Kisco 250 Kisco Ave Mt. Kisco, NY 10549 Phone: (914) 241-4444 Fax: (914) 244-8786 Email:

BMW xDrive All Wheel Drive System Explained
The BMW all-wheel drive system, xDrive, ensures your BMW has the best possible traction at all times, enhancing agility and keeping you safely on track, even on fast bends. xDrive is the permanent all-wheel drive system from BMW: under normal circumstances, it distributes driver power between the front and rear axles in a 40:60 ratio, and changes this figure variably when the road surface or overall driving conditions change. Acting virtually instantaneously and a manner so subtle as to be go virtually unnoticed by the vehicle's occupants, xDrive can direct up to 100% of drive forces to one axle. Enabling the driver to start up effortlessly even on slippery surfaces or steep hills, xDrive routes all power to the axles with the greatest traction. When parking, the system reacts to the need for high manoeuvrability at low speed by opening the clutch completely so the powertrain functions optimally. At the first sign of understeering, drive power to the front axle is reduced. If oversteering is detected, xDrive directs more power to the front axle. Thanks to this dynamic redistribution of power, vehicle stability returns to normal even before the driver notices anything amiss. Driving on a winding road or taking a fast bend in dynamic style is particularly enjoyable with xDrive: you feel as if your BMW is being guided along the curve. xDrive ensures that none of drive power is wasted on a loss of traction: every kilowatt of power is effectively brought to bear on the road. xDrive is regulated by Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and uses information from the latter system’s sensors to monitor road conditions. In addition, brake force courtesy of DSC is used when there is traction difference between the two sides of the vehicle and wheel spin is likely. If you like DPCcars videos please subscribe: