BMW M8 Convertible 2019 LHD front seats

BMW M8 review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£130,435
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The M8 isn’t cheap, costing well over £100,000 for the coupé, while the convertible is even pricier. If you’re weighing up your options, a Porsche 911 or Mercedes S560 Coupé or Cabriolet is a lot less money, but then the M8 is small beer next to the cost of an Aston Martin DB11 or Bentley Continental GT.

And if you have an eye for investments, the 911 will retain much more of its value after three years than the M8. The DB11 will have lost over half its value by then, while the S-Class’s value will have plummeted. 

There’s more to the cost of running an M8, too; you’ll struggle to top 25mpg, even driving like a virtuous nun, and the tax implications of choosing one as a company car will make you wince.

On the plus side, it is marvellously well equipped, with 20in alloy wheels, keyless entry, a leather interior, a carbonfibre roof and heated seats as just some of the highlights. The optional extras are many and varied, some also being bundled into the several packs you can choose from. 

The M8 hasn’t been crash tested by Euro NCAP, but you do get a range of safety aids as standard. These include automatic emergency braking (AEB) and lane-keeping assistance, while the convertible comes with roll-over protection.

BMW M8 Convertible 2019 LHD instrument cluster
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Verdict

You could view the BMW M8 as neither one thing or the other; it’s not mega sporty like a 911, nor uber comfortable like a two-door S-Class. But for many, the M8’s strength will be found in the very compromise it presents; it’s violently quick, handles capably, and has enough compliance and luxury to sooth away long jaunts.

  • Brutally quick in a straight line
  • Surefooted yet playful handling
  • Happy blend of performance and comfort
  • Not as sharp to drive as a 911
  • Not as comfortable as a two-door S-Class
  • Expensive