BMW i8 review

Category: Coupé

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

BMW offers the i8 as this coupé and as a convertible, but there’s only one trim level available. This may seem expensive compared with ‘standard’ versions of the Porsche 911, but things aren’t as bleak as they first appear – BMW gives you far greater standard equipment than Porsche.

As well as conventional kit such as climate control, the i8 has adaptive LED lights, cruise control, heated electric front seats, a DAB radio, sat-nav and plenty more. Speccing a 911 to a similar level soon causes its price to skyrocket, evening things out somewhat.

Overview

Groundbreaking hybrid sports car that's thrilling to drive and look at

  • Incredible looks
  • Brilliant straight-line performance
  • Remarkably low running costs
  • Steering has too little feel and weight
  • Low-speed ride a bit fidgety
  • Rivals more satisfying to drive hard