BMW 8 Series review

Category: Coupé

Section: Costs & verdict

Available fuel types:petrol, diesel
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RRP £71,435What Car? Target Price from£57,897

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.

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Overview

In 840d form, the 8 Series is in a class of its own: a diesel luxury coupé that’s relatively cheap to run, offers very strong performance and is capable of covering long distances between fill-ups. But the petrol M850i is harder to justify, being less comfortable than the Mercedes-Benz S560 Coupé and less entertaining than the Porsche 911 and Aston Martin DB11.

  • Awesome performance
  • Class-leading infotainment
  • Well priced
  • Cramped in the back
  • There are sportier rivals...
  • ...and more comfortable ones

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