2020 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid vs. 2020 BMW 530e

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid 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 530e doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid and the 530e 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 530e. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 530e 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 Plug-In Hybrid’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 16th in initial quality. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 5 places higher in reliability than BMW.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the 530e running on electricity:

MPGe

Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

Electric Motor

117 city/102 hwy

530e

RWD

Electric Motor

65 city/75 hwy

FWD

Electric Motor

62 city/68 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the 530e running its gasoline engine:

MPG

Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

1.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

44 city/40 hwy

530e

RWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl. Hybrid

25 city/31 hwy

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl. Hybrid

23 city/29 hwy

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’s maximum driving range in pure electric mode is 47 miles, over twice as far as the 530e’s 21-mile range.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid higher (8 out of 10) than the BMW 530e (7). This means the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid produces up to 5.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the 530e every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The 530e doesn’t offer a CVT.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the 530e’s (38.4 feet vs. 39.5 feet). The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the 530e xDrive’s (38.4 feet vs. 40.1 feet).

Chassis

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The Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 350 pounds less than the BMW 530e.

Passenger Space

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The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has 2.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 530e (101.5 vs. 98.8).

The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has .3 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more front shoulder room and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the 530e.

Cargo Capacity

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The Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has a larger trunk than the 530e (15.5 vs. 14.5 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Clarity Plug-In Hybrid has standard extendable sun visors. The 530e doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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