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2007. - 2010. Production 2008. - 2010.
E - Luxury car Vehicle class E - Luxury car
sedan, 4 door Body style sedan, 4 door
Rear Wheel drive 4 x 4
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4841 mm
Length 4985 mm
1846 mm
Width 1845 mm
1468 mm
Height 1450 mm
520 liters
Boot (min) 452 liters
520 liters
Boot (max) 452 liters
70 liters
Fuel tank 73 liters
Engine
Honda
3.7 J37A2
Petrol Fuel Petrol
6 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder
Naturally Aspir. Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
2497 cc
Displacement 3664 cc
190 hp
Power 295 hp
235 Nm
Torque 371 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - gears
1475 kg
Vehicle weight kg
8.2 s
Acc. 0-100 s
237 km/h
Top speed km/h
10.1 l/100km
Cons. (urban) l/100km
5.7 l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
7.3 l/100km
Cons. (average) l/100km
174 g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 6 gears
automatic - 6 gears
1500 kg
Vehicle weight 1854 kg
8.7 s
Acc. 0-100 7.1 s
236 km/h
Top speed 250 km/h
10.3 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 16.3 l/100km
5.9 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 8.9 l/100km
7.5 l/100km
Cons. (average) 11.6 l/100km
178 g/km
CO2 emissions 269 g/km
Expenses
10500 EUR
Price from 9300 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 petrol engines and utilizing the 4-door sedan body style within the same 'Luxury car' segment, the only major difference here really is their wheel drive configuration (rear for the BMW and 4 x 4 in the case of the Honda). The first one has a BMW-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 190hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 295hp 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 Honda being a slightly better choice apparently. That aside, let's consider some other aspects which affect safety. Both vehicles belong to the luxury car segment, which is generally a very good thing safety-wise, but that fact doesn't break the tie between the two cars. On the other hand, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the Japanese car offers a considerable difference of 26% 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, at least on all of the models level. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of BMW with an average rating of 4.3, and models under the Honda badge with 4.7 out of 5. The same official information place 5 Series 23% below average, and Legend those same 23% above the first one. That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as the German car rank it on average as 3.0 out of 5, exactly the same as the other one.

Performance & Fuel economy

Honda is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.1 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 250 kilometers per hour, 13km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy an obvious choice would be the German car, averaging around 7.3 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (39 mpg), in combined cycle. That's 59% difference compared to the Japanese car!

Verdict

Honda appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. 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 Japanese car beats the other contender by far, making it the best choice without even considering other things. It all continues in the same direction, with Honda being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... It's really tough to make a final decision here, but if I'd need to, I'd say Honda. Anyway, that's the most objective conclusion I could've came up with and it's based solely on the information found on this website. Aspects such as design, practicality, brand value and driving experience are there for you to measure them out. In case you have two minutes to spare I invite you to define your needs, desires and budget and see which car would be chosen by the virtual adviser™, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.
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