BMW i8 cars
Proof that electric cars can be sporty and exciting to drive, the BMW i8 is a stylish plug-in hybrid that pairs an electric motor and battery with a petrol engine. It's the perfect step before moving to a fully electric model and aids with efficient driving without losing that BMW finesse. It's a feisty option that can hit 0-62mph in just 4.4 seconds, making it a lot of fun.
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BMW i8 Buying Guide
What types of used BMW i8 cars are there?
The BMW i8 first launched in the UK in 2014 as a ground-breaking plug-in hybrid sports car. You can choose from a coupé or convertible bodystyle, with a range of unique colourways.
There was a notable facelift in 2018 that added changes like new alloy choices, an ‘Air Shutter’ addition on the bonnet for improved aerodynamics, and extra branding.
There are no trim variations in the UK, so you won’t have to pick through a range of options. Each one is impressively kitted-out from standard and has that eye-catching design.
What features does the BMW i8 have?
The BMW i8 is every bit the luxury car, and the range of features on offer highlight that.
Inside, there’s a set of two 8.8-inch screens for infotainment and driver information. This includes the iDrive system that we know and love, and a heads-up display is included as standard.
The i8 also uses dihedral butterfly doors that are a real treat for any car fanatic, plus 20-inch alloys as standard across the range.
There’s also a choice of lighting options, including BMW laserlights.
Is the BMW i8 reliable?
It’s hard to judge just how reliable the BMW i8 can be, as it’s not that common on the roads. It’s a high-quality model built with BMW’s finesse and know-how, so you can safely assume this is going to be a dependable model.
As a whole, electric motors are also more reliable than typical internal combustion engines as they have fewer moving parts that can go wrong.
The i8 hasn’t been awarded a Euro NCAP safety rating either, but it comes with plenty of safety tech. It’s built from carbon fibre and carbon-reinforced plastic, so it will definitely keep you secure on the roads.
How much does the BMW i8 cost to run?
The cost of running a sports car will always be pricier, but that hybrid drivetrain takes the edge off.
With a claimed 134mpg fuel consumption, even real-world driving should feel efficient. You can charge your i8 at home in about three hours using a three-pin plug charger, or in about two hours using a 7kW setup.
Sports cars obviously cost more on insurance, with the i8 sitting in group 50. Road tax will usually cost £560 for the year.
Who is the BMW i8 for?
The BMW i8 is a sports car for the experimentalist – if you like to be forward on trends and the first to try new things, this is a car you’ll get excited by.
Combining hybrid power and sports car performance might appeal to you if you care about the environment but can’t get speed off your mind. Cutting back on fuel usage can limit the impact of your typical fuel-hungry sports car.
It’s a real head-turner and will appeal to you if you enjoy being the centre of attention.
Should I buy a BMW i8?
How much is a BMW i8?
The cost of purchasing a BMW i8 will vary depending on the exact model you choose, as prices differ across the range. Take a look at our current stock to see the latest prices, and use our on-page filters to find a model that fits your budget.
How fast is the BMW i8?
The BMW i8 can hit 0-62mph in just 4.4 seconds, with a top speed of 155mph.
How much does it cost to charge a BMW i8?
The BMW i8 has a plug-in hybrid engine that can achieve up to 135mpg with the most efficient driving habits. You’re likely to see around 50mpg with real-world use.
How far can a BMW i8 go on one charge?
The BMW i8 can cover up to 34 miles using only electric power on a single charge.
Is the BMW i8 a good car?
The BMW i8 is an impressive hybrid sports car that was one of the first of its kind. It’s a thrilling drive and looks sensational, but maintains impressive efficiency where other supercars can’t keep up.