Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Although the 8 Series sits towards the expensive end of the coupé market, it still makes a decent case for itself when it comes to value for money, undercutting the S-Class Coupé by a significant margin and the likes of the DB11 and Continental GT by even more.
The fact that, unlike these cars, the 8 Series is available with a diesel engine also helps keep costs respectable. And while it could be argued that the reason the 840d has no direct rivals is because a luxury diesel coupé is somewhat out of touch with the current political landscape, an official average of 46.3mpg (not to mention around 600 miles between fill-ups) is not to be sniffed at.
You won’t have to spend a fortune on options, either; all versions come with dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, keyless entry and start, ambient interior lighting and a head-up display that projects key information onto the windscreen. The M850i adds a sports exhaust system, lightweight alloy wheels and an M Sport differential for added cornering traction.
Only safety kit is a little disappointing, because BMW charges extra for advanced safety aids such as lane-keeping assistance and blindspot monitoring.