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BMW i8

  • tickStriking looks
  • tickPotentially very economical
  • tickWell-equipped as standard

BMW i8 Roadster convertible (2018 - )

The i8 Roadster is a striking car to look at. It’s well made and comfortable, and the hybrid system works nicely and makes it stand out from the competition. It’ll definitely turn heads, too, but if you’re looking for a full-on sports car driving experience, there are more exciting options.
Our verdict

Is the BMW i8 a good car?

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BMW i8 running costs

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BMW i8 safety

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BMW i8 features

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BMW i8 reliability

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BMW i8 interior

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BMW i8 performance

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Our expert review

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It’s quite hard to make direct comparisons to any direct rivals, for the simple reason none of them this side of the more expensive Honda NSX are hybrids. But the Audi R8 Sypder seems a logical car to line up alongside the i8, as it’s pretty close in price, and a convertible. When you look at the running costs for both, the R8 promises to hold its value a lot better, but it’s also likely to cost considerably more than the BMW to service, maintain and repair. And it goes without saying the hybrid i8 will use a lot less fuel than a 5.2-litre Audi and the sub-50g/km emissions are much more tax friendly.

However, it’s worth noting the way you drive your i8 will have a big influence on your fuel costs. If you do a lot of shorter journeys, and keep the battery charged, your costs will be almost nothing. But if you’re using the petrol engine and depleting the battery, that will quickly rise.

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Most popular trims on Auto Trader

Protonic Red Edition
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