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BMW i8 Roadster review

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BMW i8 Roadster
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29 Apr 2018 21:01 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 14:05

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Interior layout

The interior layout, fit and finish

Even with the roof down, it’s nigh-on impossible to get into the i8 Roadster in a dignified manner. With low seats and wide sills, you pretty much have to fall into the driver’s seat.

Once you’re inside, things are a little mixed. The swooping interior with chrome accents and a fully digital instrument cluster is a nicely futuristic take on the familiar BMW layout, but – even with lashings of leather – the quality is a slight letdown. Yes, there’s plenty of plush plastic, but you’ll also find switches and materials that could have been lifted from a significantly cheaper 3 Series.

At least it’s easy to find a comfortable driving position, thanks to electric front seats and a steering column that adjusts for height and reach, while the rest of the controls are easy to understand and access. A head-up display is standard, helping you to keep your eyes on the road.

Infotainment is taken care of by a big 8.8in screen that’s mounted high up and angled towards the driver. You can operate it as a touchscreen or there’s a rotary dial between the seats to make it easy to operate on the move. The only disappointment is that you have to pay extra for Apple CarPlay – that’s very stingy in such a pricey car.

Visibility is good for a low-slung sports car and there’s standard parking sensors front and rear, plus a surround-view camera system for low-speed manoeuvring.


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