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When you see a fantastic vehicle – like any new BMW – it’s easy to focus on things like its impeccable styling, interior amenities, and state-of-the-art features. But you also don’t want to forget about one other important factor: the drivetrain.

Different vehicles have different drivetrains, and you should know what your vehicle of choice comes with and why it matters. A
ll-wheel drive (AWD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) are two common drivetrains, and this guide covers the difference between AWD and 4WD.


What Is All-Wheel Drive?


With AWD, both the front and rear wheels get power all of the time. While some models let the driver control how much power goes to which wheels, generally the car takes care of this for you. This system is designed to sense if there’s a loss of traction and then delivery power where it is needed most.  


What Is Four-Wheel Drive?


While 4WD historically was only found in trucks and other large vehicles, this has changed quite a lot over the years. Now many vehicles come with 4WD, including luxury models. Ideal for rough terrain or slippery conditions, this drivetrain offers exceptional traction. When necessary, torque is sent to all four tires through transfer cases, couplings, and front, rear, and center differentials.  


Which Drivetrain Is Right for You?


Both AWD and 4WD have their advantages. AWD is ideal for regular, daily driving, but if you plan to do some off-roading, 4WD is the way to go. In addition, because the winters in Asheville can get harsh, 4WD will give you extra peace of mind when you drive. 

If you’re still not sure which drivetrain is the better choice, come down to our BMW dealership in Asheville to test drive vehicles with both types.  

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