BMW i8 Roadster

BMW i8 Roadster review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£127,115
What Car? Target Price£115,115
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Shock horror, the i8 Roadster isn’t exactly a bargain. Not only is it well over £100k, it costs a fair bit more than £10,000 over the price of the coupé. Yes, you do get more equipment, but not enough to justify that premium. Still, rivals charge a similar amount for the privilege of going topless.

Besides, the i8 is way better equipped than a similarly quick Porsche 911 Cabriolet or even the seriously rapid Turbo model. The kit list includes adaptive LED headlights, heated seats, leather seats with leather trimmings on the dash and doors, a wi-fi hotspot and wireless phone charging. Apart from Apple CarPlay and maybe fancy paint, you won’t have to spend anything else on options – not something you can say about the 911.

Euro NCAP hasn’t crash tested the i8, but standard safety kit is good, including six airbags, collision warning and automatic emergency braking.

The i8 emits just 46g/km of CO2, so monthly company car costs are astonishingly low. Don’t expect to get near the claimed average of 134.5mpg on a regular basis, though, unless you’re running almost exclusively on electric power.

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BMW i8 Roadster
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Low running costs and tidy handling make the BMW i8 Roadster a tempting choice – just don’t expect too much excitement

  • Virtually no loss of structural integrity
  • Frugal if you can charge battery from mains
  • Agile and grippy handling
  • Tiny boot
  • Interior could feel more special
  • Rivals are more exciting to drive