2019 Honda Clarity Electric vs. 2018 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Clarity Electric has standard HondaLink Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The A3 Sportback e-tron doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Clarity Electric and the A3 Sportback e-tron have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

The Honda Clarity Electric weighs 408 pounds more than the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Clarity Electric 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A3 Sportback e-tron. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the A3 Sportback e-tron ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 3 times as many Honda dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Clarity Electric’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 23rd in initial quality. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 13th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Clarity Electric gets better fuel mileage than the A3 Sportback e-tron running on electricity (126 city/103 hwy vs. 81 city/86 hwy MPGe).

On the EPA test cycle the Clarity Electric gets better fuel mileage than the A3 Sportback e-tron running its gasoline engine (126 city/103 hwy MPGe vs. 34 city/39 hwy).

The Clarity Electric’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 89 miles on a full charge. The A3 Sportback e-tron can only travel about 16 miles before it has to start its internal combustion engine.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Clarity Electric has larger tires than the A3 Sportback e-tron (235/45R18 vs. 225/40R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Clarity Electric has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the A3 Sportback e-tron.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Clarity Electric’s wheelbase is 4.8 inches longer than on the A3 Sportback e-tron (108.3 inches vs. 103.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Clarity Electric is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 2.9 inches wider in the rear than on the A3 Sportback e-tron.

The Clarity Electric’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.1% to 48.9%) than the A3 Sportback e-tron’s (55.8% to 44.2%). This gives the Clarity Electric more stable handling and braking.

Passenger Space

The Clarity Electric has .4 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom, 4.9 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear legroom and 4.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the A3 Sportback e-tron.

Cargo Capacity

The Clarity Electric has a larger trunk than the A3 Sportback e-tron with its rear seat up (14.5 vs. 13.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Clarity Electric has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The A3 Sportback e-tron doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the Clarity Electric, the memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The A3 Sportback e-tron doesn’t offer memory seats.

Smart Entry standard on the Clarity Electric allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Audi A3 Sportback e-tron’s Audi Advanced Key doesn’t unlock the trunk.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Clarity Electric has standard extendable sun visors. The A3 Sportback e-tron doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Both the Clarity Electric and the A3 Sportback e-tron have standard heated front seats. The Clarity Electric also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the A3 Sportback e-tron.

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