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Model
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Engine
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Make
Model
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2008. - 2012.
D - Large family car
wagon, 5 door
rear
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2008. - 2011.
D - Large family car
wagon, 5 door
front

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Dimensons & Outlines

4527 mm
1817 mm
1442 mm
460 liters
1385 liters
63 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4750 mm
1840 mm
1470 mm
395 liters
1252 liters
65 liters
2008 BMW 3 Series Touring
2008 Honda Accord Tourer

Engine

Diesel
6 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
2993 cc
197 hp
400 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Honda
2.2 N22B
Diesel
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo
2199 cc
150 hp
350 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1565 kg
7.6 s
233 km/h
7.8 l/100km
4.8 l/100km
5.9 l/100km
155 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1529 kg
10.0 s
207 km/h
7.4 l/100km
4.9 l/100km
5.8 l/100km
153 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 6 gears
1575 kg
7.7 s
231 km/h
8.2 l/100km
5.2 l/100km
6.3 l/100km
165 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 5 gears
1603 kg
10.2 s
202 km/h
8.6 l/100km
5.4 l/100km
6.6 l/100km
173 g/km

Expenses

6000 EUR
Price from
7000 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Two significantly similar cars, no doubt about that. Still, each one has something different to offer. Having both cars powered by diesel engines and utilizing the 5-door wagon body style within the same 'Large family car' segment, the only major difference here really is their wheel drive configuration (rear for the BMW and front in the case of the Honda). The first one has a BMW-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 197hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 150hp engine designed by Honda.

Safety

A starting point here would be to take a look at the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests which were performed on both of the cars, with the same number of safety stars gained in the process. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the large family car segment, which is generally a good thing safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. Furthermore, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the German car offers a marginal difference of 2% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that Honda is significantly less fault-prone, when all the models are taken into account. That's the official data, while our visitors describe reliability of BMW with an average rating of 4.2, and models under the Honda badge with 4.7 out of 5. The same official information place 3 Series as average reliability-wise, and Accord is more or less at the same level.We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the German car rank it on average as 4.5, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.9 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

BMW is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 2.4 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 233 kilometers per hour, 26km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 5.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (48 mpg), in combined cycle.


Verdict

Honda is apparently more reliable, not too much, but just enough. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the German car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. It all continues in the same direction, with BMW being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... At the end, as much as I'd like to give you a winner here, it's simply a pure tie if you ask me. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. I suggest you spend two more minutes in order to find out which car, based on your needs and budget, would be picked by the virtual adviser, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.

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