2019 Honda Clarity Electric vs. 2018 BMW 330e

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Honda Clarity Electric are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW 330e doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Clarity Electric and the 330e have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Clarity Electric 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 330e. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 330e ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

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

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Clarity Electric gets better fuel mileage than the 330e running on electricity (126 city/103 hwy vs. 66 city/78 hwy MPGe).

On the EPA test cycle the Clarity Electric gets better fuel mileage than the 330e running its gasoline engine (126 city/103 hwy MPGe vs. 28 city/34 hwy).

The Clarity Electric’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 89 miles on a full charge. The 330e can only travel about 13 miles before it has to start its internal combustion engine.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Clarity Electric has larger tires than the 330e (235/45R18 vs. 225/50R17). The Clarity Electric’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 330e (235/45R18 vs. 225/45R18).

The Clarity Electric’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 330e’s standard 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Clarity Electric has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the 330e.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Clarity Electric is 1.9 inches wider in the front and .7 inches wider in the rear than on the 330e.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Clarity Electric a Mid-size car, while the 330e is rated a Compact.

The Clarity Electric has 4.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 330e (100.5 vs. 96.2).

The Clarity Electric has .2 inches more front legroom, 4.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear legroom and 2.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the 330e.

Cargo Capacity

The Clarity Electric has a much larger trunk than the 330e (14.5 vs. 10.8 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 330e doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 330e doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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