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What Is Sdrive On Bmw X1?

What Is Sdrive On Bmw X1
BMW sDrive is a two-wheel drive system. This means that the transmission distributes power to only one axle of the vehicle. Typically, BMW vehicles with sDrive are rear-wheel drive, but the 1-Series is an exception and comes with front-wheel drive.
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Is sDrive better than xDrive?

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!
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Is BMW X1 sDrive front wheel drive?

What is sDrive? – As highlighted above, sDrive means a BMW is two-wheel drive, with no ability to have all four wheels driven. It used to be the case that all sDrive BMWs were rear-wheel drive, but the latest BMW X1 is front-wheel drive in sDrive guise.

Just to make matters a little more confusing, a two-wheel drive BMW won’t always be marketed as sDrive. The rear-wheel drive 5 Series and the front-wheel drive 1 Series are simply called the 5 Series and 1 Series when they are not four-wheel drive models, becoming the 1 Series xDrive and 5 Series xDrive when four-wheel drive is specified.

The front-wheel drive BMW X1, on the other hand, is known as the X1 sDrive, while its four-wheel drive stablemate is known as the X1 xDrive. One more quirk: the BMW Z4 is not offered with xDrive, being rear-wheel drive only, yet this car is officially known as the Z4 sDrive. These naming conventions may well be to do with customer expectations about whether a car would be four-wheel drive or not, with BMW wanting to highlight when certain models of SUV are two-wheel drive, and the sporty Z4 is a rear-wheel-drive car, but it does make things slightly more involved than they might otherwise be.
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What is difference between BMW xDrive and sDrive?

BMW sDrive is a BMW two-wheel drive system and BMW xDrive is–yep, you guessed it–the BMW AWD system. xDrive models are often a bit more pricey than their sDrive counterparts, but that is due to their enhanced performance in less than ideal driving conditions.
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Do I need BMW xDrive?

What are the disadvantages of BMW xDrive? – The disadvantage of xDrive is cost. Using a 3 Series as an example again, the 320i M Sport costs from £36,785 but adding xDrive pushes that price up to £38,610 – that’s a premium of £1825. And it doesn’t end there because the xDrive model will also be more costly to run, at best it’ll achieve 41.5mpg versus the 44.1mpg of the two-wheel-drive car – it adds up if you’re high-mileage driver – and will be more expensive to maintain.

  1. That cost will be harder to stomach when you realise a 3 Series equipped with winter tyres – complete with their special tread design and uber soft compound – will be even more capable on the slippy stuff than an xDrive model on standard rubber.
  2. BMW xDrive gives your BMW four-wheel drive traction while maintaining the nimble handling BMW is famed for.

That’s because the xDrive system in models like the 3 and 5 Series have a rear-wheel-drive biased that marks them out from the quattro system in most Audi models. It’s worth choosing an xDrive BMW if you regularly drive on snow. Its four-wheel drive system essentially doubles the amount of grip the car has allowing you to keep moving on slippery roads that would leave a rear-wheel drive BMW floundering.
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Is X1 a 4 wheel drive?

The BMW X1 is a line of subcompact luxury crossovers produced by BMW. Debuted in 2009, the first-generation X1 has been based on the E90 3 Series and offers rear-wheel drive layout as standard.
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Is BMW sDrive good in snow?

X5 S Drive in Snow

07-21-2018, 12:47 PM #
First Lieutenant Drives: 22 X5 replaced 16 X5 6/22 Join Date: Jun 2016 Location: Lakewood Ranch FL X5 S Drive in Snow Live in Florida so no problem. Does anyone drive this car in snow? I have the staggered 20s and will be getting All Seasons. If I get transferred back to MI will this vehicle be driveable?

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07-21-2018, 12:56 PM # First Lieutenant Drives: 14′ 335i, 17′ X6 35i Join Date: May 2017 Location: Ottawa Should be driveable with all seasons in the winter time. Just more wheel spin on accelerations. But, all my cars now have winter tires. If your worried, just get some winter tires. Got my tires and rims for only 1.5k.

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07-21-2018, 01:17 PM # jo2134 Drives: 2021 X5 M Competition Join Date: May 2018 Location: New York, NY Rear wheel drive in the snow is a no go, speaking from experience =( _ 2021 X5 M Competition Tanzanite Blue II/Black Full Merino with Midrand Beige Past: 2019 M5 Competition Alpine White/Aragon Brown Full Merino Leather 2018 X5 35i M-Sport Space Gray / Mocha Nappa 20″ 469M Wheels 2015 528xi Dark Graphite / Cinnamon Brown 2013 X5 50i Platinum Gray / Cinnamon Brown 20″ Y-Spoke Wheels

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07-21-2018, 02:57 PM # Enlisted Member Drives: 2017 X5 35i Join Date: Feb 2017 Location: Anchorage, Alaska I drive my sdrive in Alaska with no problems. Running the Hakka 8’s studded (same size as staggered 469’s) combined with the great traction control on this car. I had the same issue as you; Lived and bought the car in Texas, then got transferred to Alaska. Really for me the only issue is slow uphills, but I avoid those with route planning.

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07-21-2018, 03:26 PM # Captain Quote:

Originally Posted by jo2134 Rear wheel drive in the snow is a no go, speaking from experience =(

We drove a 335i convertible in the snow for 4 years with no problems. Bridgestone Blizzak tires made all the difference. It won’t be as good as an AWD or even front wheel drive vehicle, but it will certainly be drivable as long as you get the right tires. _ 2016 F15 X5 50i M-Sport 2015 F83 M4

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07-21-2018, 09:33 PM # <3 Flat Four Drives: 335is LM Blue Join Date: Aug 2010 Location: Richmond B.C. Quote:

Originally Posted by Delooney I drive my sdrive in Alaska with no problems. Running the Hakka 8’s studded (same size as staggered 469’s) combined with the great traction control on this car. I had the same issue as you; Lived and bought the car in Texas, then got transferred to Alaska. Really for me the only issue is slow uphills, but I avoid those with route planning.

Well ur on studded tires, that will make a HUGE difference in traction. To answer OP’s question, RWD with dedicated snow tires will work in the snow to a certain extent. On most flat surfaces RWD will do just fine, its getting up the hills that may be a problem. _ 2011 335is Le Mans Blue 2016 X5 xdrive 35i Alpine White

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07-22-2018, 09:38 AM # Major Drives: 2015 X5 50i M Sport Join Date: Aug 2007 Location: US of A Get a set of winter wheels with narrower tires, 255 width rather than stagger 275/315, should be sufficient. My past 3 cars were all RWD and I had no trouble during winter, including driving in snow storms. The Cayman actually struggled the most (twice in 3 winters) but it’s due to low ground clearance than the traction itself. I live in hilly area with lake effect snows to give you some perspective. _ 2019 Cayenne Turbo Gone but not forgotten: 2006 2.0T A4 Avant, 2007 Z4 Roadster 3.0si, 2006 M Roadster, 2013 550i M Sport, 2015 Cayman S, 2015 X5 50i M Sport

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07-22-2018, 10:51 AM # First Lieutenant Drives: 22 X5 replaced 16 X5 6/22 Join Date: Jun 2016 Location: Lakewood Ranch FL All great ideas and comments. Thanks.

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07-22-2018, 12:47 PM # First Lieutenant Drives: 14′ 335i, 17′ X6 35i Join Date: May 2017 Location: Ottawa I’m still driving my RWD 335i in the snow during big snowstorms. If you know how to drive a RWD in the snow, you’ll be fine.

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07-22-2018, 04:19 PM # Banned Drives: X5 xDrive50i Join Date: May 2011 Location: New England I drove my M3 year round. Surely, you can drive your X5 as well with the right tires., Attached Images

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07-22-2018, 06:14 PM # First Lieutenant Drives: 22 X5 replaced 16 X5 6/22 Join Date: Jun 2016 Location: Lakewood Ranch FL Hate to age myself but grew up with bias ply rear drive cars. Lived in MI until moving to FL in 2004. Had AWD while there but prefer rear drive here. Nice thing is if it snows I just won’t go out right away.

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07-22-2018, 07:25 PM # First Lieutenant Drives: ’14 X5 x35i / ’12 Infiniti M37 Join Date: Apr 2017 Location: Florida Just get some Blizzaks, when we lived in a snow climate we put them on the wifes G37 coupe, without them it was pretty much undrivable in snow.

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07-30-2018, 12:45 PM # Major Drives: ’15 X5 35i Xdrive Mineral Whit Join Date: May 2018 Location: Tennessee Quote:

Originally Posted by Falafel Combo I drove my M3 year round. Surely, you can drive your X5 as well with the right tires.,

That Phoenix yellow

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11-05-2018, 02:17 PM # Lieutenant Drives: 2016 X5 Join Date: Nov 2018 Location: SoCal I have a follow up question to this thread. I Just bought a CPO X5 sDrive 35i. My car came with the 20″ staggered wheels, and the tires on it are brand new Bridgestone Dueler H/P – summer tires.275s up front and 315s in the back. They look fantastic on the Y spoke wheels. I live in Southern California and the car will be in so cal 99% of the time. I do take my family up to the snow 1-2 x year. We typically go up in the busy season when kids out of school when most of the roads are being plowed. sometims Mammoth and sometimes Tahoe. I am not offroading or heading into any places where you would encounter deep snow – of course aside form a storm hitting whiel I’m there. My trips will consist of heading to our cabin and the ski resorts, stores, etc. the times I have been on these trips, I”ve never encountered “deep” snow, but have run into mild snow on the raods. my prior car was an MDX with SH-AWD which had all seasons. I never needed chains with that car and it handled what I encountered fine. with this X5, sicne I have summer tires, I’m trying to determine the best route to deal with my 1-2 times per year trips to the snow. I could put on all season onto my 20″ wheels.but i’d still have really wide tires, which I believe is not ideal for snow. my plan is to keep my 20″ summer tires for year round driving – and enjoy them. and to pickup a cheap set of 18″ wheels and put winter tires on them. since i’m only in the dnow for a week or two out of the year tops. the tires would last me several years or more as they would not see a lot of use. and I would not expect them to really wear out excessively even if I drove them in the dry so cal roads on my way up to the winter areas.they’d be on the car for 500 miles up and 500 miles down. then off the car and in storage until the next trip. what would be the best / cheapest wheel tire to get? should I Look for used BMW wheels, or would any aftermarket wheel work? any recommendations on a good snow tire? I was thinking of used BMW take off wheels – and getting the 255-55-18 which I belive is a stock wheel/tire size for the F15. I don’t care if it looks small or wimpy. it’s just for snow/safety. I can put my nice 20s back on when I am home in the sun. thanks for any advice! I am really enjoying my “new to me” X5. it is a beautiful car, drives wonderful, and is a huge upgrade from my OLD 2007 MDX. thanks.
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11-05-2018, 08:46 PM # Colonel Drives: F15 X5 50i Join Date: Jul 2017 Location: USA Quote:

Originally Posted by 23109VC I have a follow up question to this thread. I Just bought a CPO X5 sDrive 35i. My car came with the 20″ staggered wheels, and the tires on it are brand new Bridgestone Dueler H/P – summer tires.275s up front and 315s in the back. They look fantastic on the Y spoke wheels. I live in Southern California and the car will be in so cal 99% of the time. I do take my family up to the snow 1-2 x year. We typically go up in the busy season when kids out of school when most of the roads are being plowed. sometims Mammoth and sometimes Tahoe. I am not offroading or heading into any places where you would encounter deep snow – of course aside form a storm hitting whiel I’m there. My trips will consist of heading to our cabin and the ski resorts, stores, etc. the times I have been on these trips, I”ve never encountered “deep” snow, but have run into mild snow on the raods. my prior car was an MDX with SH-AWD which had all seasons. I never needed chains with that car and it handled what I encountered fine. with this X5, sicne I have summer tires, I’m trying to determine the best route to deal with my 1-2 times per year trips to the snow. I could put on all season onto my 20″ wheels.but i’d still have really wide tires, which I believe is not ideal for snow. my plan is to keep my 20″ summer tires for year round driving – and enjoy them. and to pickup a cheap set of 18″ wheels and put winter tires on them. since i’m only in the dnow for a week or two out of the year tops. the tires would last me several years or more as they would not see a lot of use. and I would not expect them to really wear out excessively even if I drove them in the dry so cal roads on my way up to the winter areas.they’d be on the car for 500 miles up and 500 miles down. then off the car and in storage until the next trip. what would be the best / cheapest wheel tire to get? should I Look for used BMW wheels, or would any aftermarket wheel work? any recommendations on a good snow tire? I was thinking of used BMW take off wheels – and getting the 255-55-18 which I belive is a stock wheel/tire size for the F15. I don’t care if it looks small or wimpy. it’s just for snow/safety. I can put my nice 20s back on when I am home in the sun. thanks for any advice! I am really enjoying my “new to me” X5. it is a beautiful car, drives wonderful, and is a huge upgrade from my OLD 2007 MDX. thanks.

You again You posted same thing in 3 different threads. What’s even funnier people answer to you and you still keep posting same thing lol. Ok, I’ll shut up and let others answer. You win.

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11-06-2018, 06:09 AM # Major General Drives: 2015 X5 35i Msport SG Join Date: Jun 2009 Location: East Coast Quote:

Originally Posted by DuSh Quote:

Originally Posted by 23109VC I have a follow up question to this thread. I Just bought a CPO X5 sDrive 35i. My car came with the 20″ staggered wheels, and the tires on it are brand new Bridgestone Dueler H/P – summer tires.275s up front and 315s in the back. They look fantastic on the Y spoke wheels. I live in Southern California and the car will be in so cal 99% of the time. I do take my family up to the snow 1-2 x year. We typically go up in the busy season when kids out of school when most of the roads are being plowed. sometims Mammoth and sometimes Tahoe. I am not offroading or heading into any places where you would encounter deep snow – of course aside form a storm hitting whiel I’m there. My trips will consist of heading to our cabin and the ski resorts, stores, etc. the times I have been on these trips, I”ve never encountered “deep” snow, but have run into mild snow on the raods. my prior car was an MDX with SH-AWD which had all seasons. I never needed chains with that car and it handled what I encountered fine. with this X5, sicne I have summer tires, I’m trying to determine the best route to deal with my 1-2 times per year trips to the snow. I could put on all season onto my 20″ wheels.but i’d still have really wide tires, which I believe is not ideal for snow. my plan is to keep my 20″ summer tires for year round driving – and enjoy them. and to pickup a cheap set of 18″ wheels and put winter tires on them. since i’m only in the dnow for a week or two out of the year tops. the tires would last me several years or more as they would not see a lot of use. and I would not expect them to really wear out excessively even if I drove them in the dry so cal roads on my way up to the winter areas.they’d be on the car for 500 miles up and 500 miles down. then off the car and in storage until the next trip. what would be the best / cheapest wheel tire to get? should I Look for used BMW wheels, or would any aftermarket wheel work? any recommendations on a good snow tire? I was thinking of used BMW take off wheels – and getting the 255-55-18 which I belive is a stock wheel/tire size for the F15. I don’t care if it looks small or wimpy. it’s just for snow/safety. I can put my nice 20s back on when I am home in the sun. thanks for any advice! I am really enjoying my “new to me” X5. it is a beautiful car, drives wonderful, and is a huge upgrade from my OLD 2007 MDX. thanks.

You again You posted same thing in 3 different threads. What’s even funnier people answer to you and you still keep posting same thing lol. Ok, I’ll shut up and let others answer. You win.

Lol. you know what forget all the hassles of winter tires. Just go to enterprise and rent a awd suv for your 1 or 2 trips a year in the mountains. _ 2015 F15 X5 35i Msport Space Grey M Performance parts MPPK, MPE

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11-06-2018, 06:52 AM # Private First Class Drives: E34 M5 Join Date: Dec 2017 Location: North of Toronto Been driving rwd bmws since I got my license. Always fitted with good winter tires. Drive accordingly and turn OFF your traction control when needed. Your TC can really cripple you when you need the go pedal to get out of a slide. Or when you want to put yourself into one. _ 2015 X5 35d M sport 2017 340i M sport 1991 M5 1988 M5

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11-06-2018, 07:51 AM # Captain Quote:

Originally Posted by mpowered5,Your TC can really cripple you when you need the go pedal to get out of a slide.

That may be true, but modern stability control systems do a great job of keeping you out of the slide in the first place! I would NOT recommend that most drivers turn off stability control as a rule when driving in winter weather. However, turning it off could be helpful to get you un-stuck once you’ve already gotten yourself into a “situation”. If your really worried about the 1-2 trips a year into wintery weather, either swap out the summer tires with all season tires (Continental DWS06 seems to be the favorite around here), buy a dedicated set of winter rims and tires (seems like a waste of money for you) or rent an AWD SUV. _ 2016 F15 X5 50i M-Sport 2015 F83 M4

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12-28-2018, 03:29 PM # Lieutenant Drives: 2016 X5 Join Date: Nov 2018 Location: SoCal I got my winter tires on dedicated 18’s. Not pretty looking but it worked great! Made it through some snow and ice and up some inclines where others without AWD or snow tires had to chain up. It would’ve been better to have all wheel drive but the snow tires seem to be doing the trick! Thanks to all for your input !! Attached Images _ Sean 2016 X5 sDrive 35i 2018 M550i

X5 S Drive in Snow
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Is an X1 a good car?

The 2022 BMW X1 places near the top of our luxury subcompact SUV rankings thanks to its across-the-board appeal, from well-rounded performance to a roomy, classy interior.
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Is BMW X1 a reliable car?

Is the BMW X1 Reliable ? – The 2021 BMW X1 has a predicted reliability score of 75 out of 100. A J.D. Power predicted reliability score of 91-100 is considered the Best, 81-90 is Great, 70-80 is Average, and 0-69 is Fair and considered below average.
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Can BMW X1 be daily driven?

It will only be self driven.
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Can you turn xDrive on and off?

Control your AWD with your Smartphone. xDelete is a Smartphone/Tablet App to configure the xDrive/xi AWD-System of your BMW! You can either disable your AWD fully, or get access to preset performance modes for various surfaces!
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Does xDrive use more fuel?

Cost – The initial cost of xDrive is more expensive than that of a comparable rear-wheel drive model due to the extra parts. It will also use more fuel.
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Are BMW’s more expensive to maintain?

How Expensive Is It to Maintain a BMW? – Since 1916, this German automaker has become one of the most well-recognized vehicle brands worldwide. Because of this widespread popularity, everyone from everyday drivers, celebrities, and even the world’s most famous spy have all enjoyed the various high-end luxury vehicles offered by BMW.

In fact, the U.S. saw 243,613 BMWs sold between January 1 and October 1, 2021, alone! In total, BMW offers up to 16 different styles of vehicles, ranging from the X1 series to the high-performing BMW M series. However, as BMWs are luxury vehicles, they will be more expensive to maintain and repair than other makes and models.

BMW owners can expect to pay upwards of $1,000 to $1,700 for overall maintenance and repairs each year. While there are many BMW styles to choose from, some of the most popular include:
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Is xDrive permanent?

What Is BMW xDRIVE Technology? – BMW xDRIVE technology is an advanced, permanent all-wheel drive system that ensures your BMW has the best possible traction at all times. This helps to keep you safe in inclement weather and in imperfect driving conditions, and helps provide smooth, sporty performance.
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Does xDrive cost more?

BMW sDrive is a two-wheel drive system, while BMW xDrive is the BMW AWD system. Generally speaking, xDrive models tend to be more expensive than sDrive models, but if you live in an area that requires greater traction on the road, you may find it to be a worthy investment.
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Is xDrive on all the time?

The Purpose of xDrive – Find the best BMW deals! – The xDrive system has two primary purposes. First, it improves safety by maximizing a vehicle’s traction on the road. Secondly, it enhances driving dynamics and stability in curves. The xDrive system is active all the time but only steps in when it detects a potential hazard due to low grip and uneven surfaces or a sharp change in direction.
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Is X1 an SUV or a car?

The X1 is a compact five-seat SUV smaller than the X3. The base 240-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder, mated to an eight-speed automatic, provides quick acceleration, and is available with rear- or all-wheel drive.
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What class of car is a BMW X1?

The 2023 BMW X1 is a four-door Sports Activity Vehicle that can seat up to 5 passengers.
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Is X3 bigger than X1?

The X3 is dimensionally larger than the X1, so unsurprisingly, its 67.2 cubic feet of cargo space is larger than the 57.2 cubic feet of its little sibling. What is surprising though, is how each model makes use of space in its interior.
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How does a BMW X1 perform in snow?

How’s the x1 in the snow?? ❯ How’s the x1 in the snow??

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12-17-2020, 07:46 AM # GOLD Member Drives: 2020 X1 xDrive Premium Join Date: Aug 2020 Location: Queens, NYC How’s the x1 in the snow?? So NYC just got blanketed with about 14″ of snow. Never had the x1 in the snow. Do I even bother shoveling it out? I have stock rims and tires on my 2020 x1. _ 2020 x1 xDrive : Black Sapphire Metallic : Premium Package : Fine Wood Fineline Trim : Sport Seats : Wireless Charging : Trailer Hitch : WeatherTech Floor Lining, Cargo Mat, Bumper XL : Complete Blackout, Full Chrome Delete : BavSound Stage One Speaker & Ghost Subwoofer Upgrade : EuroStart Remote Engine Start : Heko Rain Guards

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12-17-2020, 09:16 AM # Lieutenant Drives: 2016 X1 M-Sport Join Date: Sep 2007 Location: MA I live in New England and currently at about a foot of snow. I have a very steep driveway and the X1 can drive up no problem without even clearing it at all. That’s with the stock Goodyear Eagle Sport RFT’s too.

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12-17-2020, 09:25 AM # Second Lieutenant Drives: 2018 BMW X1 xDrive Join Date: Sep 2018 Location: United States X1 is capable and feels well planted in snowy/wet weather, which also depends in large part on your tire set up. Assuming you’re parked on the street, I recommend digging out a path, especially with the large mound of snow you’ll likely deal with from the snow plow. If you’re trying to get out of a driveway, still do some shoveling to avoid clearance issues.

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12-17-2020, 09:30 AM # Enlisted Member Drives: F48 X1 Join Date: Mar 2020 Location: Colorado, USA It’s pretty good in my experience. I used to live upstate and we averaged ~80″ of snow every year, so I’m used to driving in a lot of snow. Just drove through the mountains in CO a few weeks back and got hit by a surprise snow storm. The X1 performed great, don’t think I really ever lost traction. Around town is the same story. Also, for what it’s worth, I’m on the factory Pirelli P7 RFTs with around 30k miles on them and they really need to be replaced.

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12-17-2020, 09:39 AM # GOLD Member Drives: 2020 X1 xDrive Premium Join Date: Aug 2020 Location: Queens, NYC Good to know. I’m also on the stock Pirellis with less than 7k miles. Tks for responses.

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12-18-2020, 03:59 AM # Second Lieutenant Drives: BMW 120d, BMW X1 xDrive20d Join Date: Jan 2019 Location: Bulgaria XDrive with winter Pirelli’s, have had no issues in deep snow mountain drives. It is a joy actually.

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01-02-2021, 09:59 PM # New Member Drives: ’23 x1 M Sport Join Date: Jan 2021 Location: PDX Happy to hear the positive reports on OEM RFs. Debating getting Blizzaks and another dedicated set of wheels for winters here in Oregon.

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01-03-2021, 07:37 PM # New Member Drives: 2018 X1 M Sport Join Date: Aug 2020 Location: Toronto xDrive with Michelin x-Ice winter tires. Absolute joy to drive in the snow. Fantastic control. The LSD transfers power beautifully.

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01-15-2021, 11:06 PM # Private First Class Drives: BMW X1 Join Date: Mar 2015 Location: Boston 2017 X-Drive Stock tires are terrible in snow – X-Drive system works really good as I witnessed my vehicle’s sending power to rear wheels when the front wheels start to spin Dude, this is BMW, don’t put a cheap stock tire at least

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01-16-2021, 08:17 PM # #onelesssubaru Drives: 16 BSM X1 MSport Join Date: Jul 2009 Location: Seattle Its been good in the snow on the stock Conti run flats. I just replaced them with Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4s, and am now waiting for snow. Attached Images

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01-23-2021, 12:04 PM # Gearing Drives: E46 M3, F22 M240 Join Date: Oct 2006 Location: Out East Canada Handles well in the snow like everyone is saying. I love disabling DSC and goof around drifting. Feels pretty close to 50/50 balanced. Makes for fun goofing, _ If at first you don’t succeed,

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01-25-2021, 03:48 PM # Major Drives: 2018 X5 xDrive35i M-Sport Join Date: Apr 2008 Location: Issaquah, WA any awd will generally get you going on snow with all seasons but aren’t going to help you avoid a crash or overshooting a stop. Cornering and braking is where tires make almost all the difference. If you really want good snow/ice traction, switch to winter tires. Whether you really need winter tires or not will also depend on the topography of where you live. Lots of hills around my neck of the woods so it’s good to have tires that have some snow traction (I run Conti DWS06) for the few times we get some snow in the year. I always toss a set of chains in the trunk if it might snow and I’ll be more than a few miles from home. _ 2018 X5 35i M-Sport Dinan Stage 1 Tuner M-Perf Exhaust and lip Wheels: Winter – 469m; Summer – Vossen CV7 22s 2018 X1 28i M-Sport Last edited by CeeTeeX5; 01-25-2021 at 03:55 PM,

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01-25-2021, 03:59 PM # Major Drives: 2018 X5 xDrive35i M-Sport Join Date: Apr 2008 Location: Issaquah, WA Quote:

Originally Posted by allwheelsdriven Its been good in the snow on the stock Conti run flats. I just replaced them with Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4s, and am now waiting for snow.

Hey, noticed we’re in the same area. Are you running the PA4s on the OEM 18s? Picked up an X1 for my wife recently and thinking about getting a dedicated winter setup for her car. We bought it was some Falken all seasons. I run Conti DWS06 on my X5 in the winter but think it’ll be safer to get a dedicated set of winters for her car. _ 2018 X5 35i M-Sport Dinan Stage 1 Tuner M-Perf Exhaust and lip Wheels: Winter – 469m; Summer – Vossen CV7 22s 2018 X1 28i M-Sport

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01-25-2021, 04:04 PM # Registered Drives: BMW X1, 2.0 X-Drive Join Date: Jan 2021 Location: Poole, Dorset I have to say, I doubt that we have ever seen 14″ of snow in Southern England. However, we had the Beast from the East two years ago which left a good 6″ on the ground and immediately iced up. It was carnage around Poole (which is quite hilly) and most things with 2 wheel drive and particularly rear wheel drive couldn’t cope. I was concerned at first because my X1 (x-drive) is my first automatic. Using a manual gearbox in snow and ice, as we know, put it in second and accelerate gently so to minimise torque etc. So I called my BMW dealership and asked for tips for X1 automatics in snow and ice; they said disengage the traction control pull away gently and then re-engage the traction control and the car will do the rest. And they were right, the X1 behaved impeccably up hill and down dale.

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01-25-2021, 04:22 PM # Registered Drives: X1 e84 Join Date: Jul 2018 Location: uk my 2014 e84 was brilliant during the beast from the east. Xdrive made all the difference.

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01-25-2021, 07:07 PM # Enlisted Member Drives: F48 X1 Join Date: Mar 2020 Location: Colorado, USA Just curious for those of you talking about winter tires; how much does it snow near you and how far do you tend to travel when it does? Where I live we seem to get blizzards so bad that cars are abandoned on the sides of the road, but then within a few days almost everything is melted and it’s all gorgeous again. I’m hesitant to justify a winter set just because I know I’d have to hear those sticky tires on dry pavement more often than not, wondering if my concern is justified or if I should just go for it.

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01-25-2021, 07:52 PM # Gearing Drives: E46 M3, F22 M240 Join Date: Oct 2006 Location: Out East Canada Quote:

Originally Posted by Shagohod Just curious for those of you talking about winter tires; how much does it snow near you and how far do you tend to travel when it does? Where I live we seem to get blizzards so bad that cars are abandoned on the sides of the road, but then within a few days almost everything is melted and it’s all gorgeous again. I’m hesitant to justify a winter set just because I know I’d have to hear those sticky tires on dry pavement more often than not, wondering if my concern is justified or if I should just go for it.

When I lived in Denver I had all seasons. Yeah, it snows, but like you said, it melts fast and then its gone and its back in the 60s and 70s and your winters are used up quick. I’d be torn too. If security is a necessity, then winters are a must. _ If at first you don’t succeed,

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01-25-2021, 08:40 PM # Enlisted Member Drives: F48 X1 Join Date: Mar 2020 Location: Colorado, USA Quote:

Originally Posted by jgalaxy When I lived in Denver I had all seasons. Yeah, it snows, but like you said, it melts fast and then its gone and its back in the 60s and 70s and your winters are used up quick. I’d be torn too. If security is a necessity, then winters are a must.

Haha yeah, I just made it halfway to Pueblo and turned around, moreso because of the traffic on i-25 than the snow though. Was thinking the tires over while making some donuts and I think I’ve decided I’ll stick with all-seasons. These are VERY bald and I can get around safe enough by driving timidly. No kids or I’d probably get the blizzaks, I’d just hate to ruin them on dry roads.

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01-25-2021, 08:45 PM # Captain Drives: E60 F48 F49 Join Date: Mar 2019 Location: Boston Quote:

Originally Posted by Shagohod Just curious for those of you talking about winter tires; how much does it snow near you and how far do you tend to travel when it does? Where I live we seem to get blizzards so bad that cars are abandoned on the sides of the road, but then within a few days almost everything is melted and it’s all gorgeous again. I’m hesitant to justify a winter set just because I know I’d have to hear those sticky tires on dry pavement more often than not, wondering if my concern is justified or if I should just go for it.

I find that my winter tires being regular tires and not the runflats both sound quieter and handle better than the stock tires. and in the snow dedicated winter tires are a beast compared to any regular tires. Growing up I didn’t have the car nor the money so I learned how to drive properly. but winter tires are next level no problem. As long as the temps are in the 40’s or lower, they don’t wear any faster than regular tires. so having them on for the winter really means years of use.

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01-26-2021, 06:42 AM # Lieutenant Drives: BMW 2 A/T 220i Lux Auto 1.5 Join Date: Jan 2018 Location: England I have a dealer supplied set of BMW 17″ alloys, including standard load Pirelli Winter SottoZero 3 tyres (205/60×17), compared to the standard summer 18″ alloys with Bridgestone Turanza 001 tyres (225/50x18XL). With winter tyres I find the ride quality is much improved with the 17″ wheels because the tyre sidewalls are deeper to retain the overall wheel circumference and thus give a more compliant ride. Also, when the outside temperatures drop below 7c (44.6f) summer tyres, which have less rubber in the compound than winter tyres, wear more rapidly. So, it isn’t all down to whether, or how much snow you encounter, but also the affect of generally lower outside temperatures. I fitted my winter wheel set late October and will leave them on until late March. Finally, we had around 6″ of snow here where I live in a hilly area of the UK on Sunday (Staffs/Derbys border) and driving 22 miles round trip to Ashbourne and home I encountered no problem whatever. I DO NOT disable the traction control, which is only really necessary if you are stuck in deep snow and want all the driven wheels to try and obtain grip to get you out of trouble.

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02-01-2021, 01:07 PM # GOLD Member Drives: 2020 X1 xDrive Premium Join Date: Aug 2020 Location: Queens, NYC Soooooooo, once again, NYC got hammered with close to 2 feet of snow! The stock Pirelli’s aren’t bad at all in the deep snow. I activated “Traction Control”, didn’t feel much difference with or without it to be honest. My x1 handled well on the way to the mountain for some snowboarding! Not bad for stock setup, and as long as you keep it under 40mph, you’re fine. _ 2020 x1 xDrive : Black Sapphire Metallic : Premium Package : Fine Wood Fineline Trim : Sport Seats : Wireless Charging : Trailer Hitch : WeatherTech Floor Lining, Cargo Mat, Bumper XL : Complete Blackout, Full Chrome Delete : BavSound Stage One Speaker & Ghost Subwoofer Upgrade : EuroStart Remote Engine Start : Heko Rain Guards

How’s the x1 in the snow??
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Which drive is best for winter?

Front-wheel drive cars generally perform better in winter conditions. – Front-wheel drive cars have better weight distribution. Because the engine sites directly over the drive (front) wheels, they get better traction on slippery roads. The front wheels are responsible for steering and also handle most of the braking.
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Which wheel drive is best?

Front Wheel Drive – If a vehicle features front wheel drive (FWD), the transmission transfers power from the engine to the front wheels. A great thing about FWD is that it’s cheaper to design and make than other drives, which means the vehicle may be less expensive for consumers.

Most of the time, front-wheel drive cars get better gas mileage because the weight of the drivetrain is less than that of a rear-wheel vehicle. FWD vehicles also get better traction because the weight of the engine and transmission are over the front wheels. Generally speaking, good traction in snow and rain makes your drive safer than if you were in a vehicle with rear wheel drive (RWD).

The downside of an FWD vehicle is that the handling suffers somewhat. While traction is good, handling the vehicle around corners and curves isn’t as strong as an RWD car, especially at faster speeds. If you do a lot of driving on winding roads, you’ll likely notice a difference between the two different types.
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Does BMW xDrive use more fuel?

What are the disadvantages of BMW xDrive? – Of course, with advantages of all-wheel drive, there is also a few disadvantages too. These include:

Cost – The initial cost of xDrive is more expensive than that of a comparable rear-wheel drive model due to the extra parts. It will also use more fuel. Fun factor – The famed driver-focused rear-wheel drive BMW models are much more focused than the ‘more stable’ all-wheel drive models. Of course, this will all depend on the driver’s preference.

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What is the benefit of xDrive?

Blog Dec 27th, 2016 Should your next BMW be equipped with BMW xDrive? This film shows the advantages of the 4-wheel-drive technology of BMW that is available for nearly every BMW car. So you can decide. BMW xDrive has two big advantages: 1. On the one hand you get enhanced driving dynamics: If you drive through a curve, for instance, BMW xDrive reduces the power on the inner curve wheels.
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Is BMW xDrive reliable?

BMW 328i xDrive Reliability Rating Breakdown. The BMW 328i xDrive Reliability Rating is 2.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 24th out of 31 for luxury midsize cars.
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