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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
8 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder
Naturally Aspir. Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
4799 cc
Displacement 3664 cc
367 hp
Power 295 hp
490 Nm
Torque 371 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - gears
1635 kg
Vehicle weight kg
5.2 s
Acc. 0-100 s
250 km/h
Top speed km/h
16.6 l/100km
Cons. (urban) l/100km
7.6 l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
10.9 l/100km
Cons. (average) l/100km
260 g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 6 gears
automatic - 6 gears
1635 kg
Vehicle weight 1854 kg
5.3 s
Acc. 0-100 7.1 s
250 km/h
Top speed 250 km/h
15.5 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 16.3 l/100km
7.2 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 8.9 l/100km
10.3 l/100km
Cons. (average) 11.6 l/100km
246 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 8-cylinder, 32-valves 367hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 295hp engine designed by Honda.

Safety

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), 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, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the Japanese car offers a considerable difference of 13% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that Honda is significantly less fault-prone, when all the models are taken into account. 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. Some independent research have also placed 5 Series 23% below average, and Legend those same 23% above the first one. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the German car rank it on average as 5.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

BMW is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.9 seconds less than its competitor. Still, it lacks the power to win the top speed competition, topping at 250 kilometers per hour, exactly the same as the other car does. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the German car, averaging around 10.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (26 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 6% difference compared to the Japanese car.

Verdict

BMW 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. From there things take a different direction, with BMW being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! No mistake, whatever you decide here, but I'd still go for the BMW. 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. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser™, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.
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