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Variant
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Make
Model
Variant
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2004. - 2006.
J - SUV
suv, 5 door
4 x 4
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2004. - 2007.
J - SUV
suv, 5 door
4 x 4

Marketing

Dimensons & Outlines

4565 mm
1853 mm
1674 mm
480 liters
1560 liters
67 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4635 mm
1785 mm
1710 mm
527 liters
1568 liters
58 liters
2004 BMW X3
2004 Honda CR-V

Engine

Petrol
6 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
2494 cc
192 hp
245 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1998 cc
150 hp
192 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 6 gears
1715 kg
8.9 s
208 km/h
15.6 l/100km
8.7 l/100km
11.2 l/100km
272 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1473 kg
10.8 s
177 km/h
11.5 l/100km
7.6 l/100km
9.0 l/100km
215 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 5 gears
1740 kg
9.8 s
208 km/h
17.1 l/100km
9.0 l/100km
11.9 l/100km
289 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 4 gears
1497 kg
12.0 s
167 km/h
12.3 l/100km
7.6 l/100km
9.3 l/100km
221 g/km

Expenses

3000 EUR
Price from
4100 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the suv segment and utilize the same 5-door suv body style and the 4 x 4 wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific petrol engine choice they offer. The first one has a BMW-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 192hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 150hp engine designed by Honda.

Safety

The fact that the Honda got tested by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), while the other contender didn't, offers a slight advantage, as the 4-star rating is better than none. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. Both vehicles belong to the suv segment, which is generally a very good thing safety-wise, still it doesn't help us solve our dilemma, does it? Furthermore, taking kerb weight as an important factor into account, the German car offers a considerable difference of 16% 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, all the models observed together. These are the official statistics, 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. Some independent research have also placed X3 as average reliability-wise, and CR-V 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 2.8, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 5.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

BMW is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.9 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 208 kilometers per hour, 31km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy an obvious choice would be the Japanese car, averaging around 9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (31 mpg), in combined cycle. That's 24% difference compared to the German car!


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 Japanese car offers significantly better overall protection, taking the lead here. From there things take a different 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... All together, there's not much more to say, in this case I wouldn't even consider anything but Honda. 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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