2019 Hyundai Nexo vs. 2018 BMW 330e

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Hyundai Nexo 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.

To help make backing safer, the Nexo’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The 330e doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Nexo’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The 330e doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Nexo and the 330e have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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

The Nexo comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The 330e’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Nexo 6 years and 50,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 330e. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the 330e ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 2 times as many Hyundai dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Nexo’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 11th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 8th.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Hyundai Nexo higher (10 out of 10) than the BMW 330e (3). This means the Nexo produces up to 36.3 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the 330e every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Nexo’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 330e:

 

Nexo

330e

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.8 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Nexo Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 330e (245/45R19 vs. 225/45R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Nexo Limited has standard 19-inch wheels. The 330e’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Nexo is 3.6 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the 330e.

Passenger Space

The Nexo has 5.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 330e (101.3 vs. 96.2).

The Nexo has 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, 3.5 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the 330e.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Nexo’s rear seats recline. The 330e’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Nexo has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the 330e (29.6 vs. 10.3 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Nexo Limited has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The 330e doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Ergonomics

The Nexo 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 improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Nexo has a standard rear wiper. The 330e doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Nexo has standard extendable sun visors. The 330e doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Nexo Limited keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The 330e doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The Nexo has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The 330e doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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