2014 BMW i8

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2014 BMW i8
2014 BMW i8

Key specs

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The good:

  • Supercar looks
  • Performance potential
  • Efficiency
  • Interior quality

The bad:

  • Difficult entry/exit
  • Tiny backseat

1 trim

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Notable features

  • New for 2014
  • Plug-in hybrid sports car with 22 miles of all-electric range
  • Carbon fiber reinforced plastic body, aluminum chassis
  • All-wheel drive
  • electric motor drives front wheels, gas engine drives rear wheels
  • Swing-wing doors
  • Recharges in 1.5 hours on Level 2 service

2014 BMW i8 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The all-new BMW i8 is a plug-in hybrid sports car that’s designed for both performance and efficiency. It features an electric drivetrain that provides up to 22 miles of all-electric range as well as a turbocharged three-cylinder gas engine that works with the electric motor to accelerate the i8 from zero to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds, according to BMW. All-wheel drive is standard and total system output is 362 horsepower and 420 pounds-feet of torque.

Like the new BMW i3 city car, the i8 features a carbon fiber reinforced plastic body atop an aluminum chassis for the drivetrain. The car’s 2+2 arrangement provides seating for four but the rear seats are very small.

The i8 is scheduled to hit dealerships in spring 2014 with a starting price of $135,700 plus destination charge.

Exterior Highlights

  • Futuristic styling
  • Swing-wing doors
  • LED headlights
  • 20-inch light-alloy wheels
  • 0.26 drag coefficient

Interior Highlights

  • Leather sport seats
  • Digital instrument panel
  • iDrive control system
  • Navigation system
  • Available head-up display

Under the Hood

  • Electric motor makes 131 hp and 184 pounds-feet of torque
  • Electric motor is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack and drives the front wheels
  • 231-hp, turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder gas engine makes 236 pounds-feet of torque
  • Rear-mounted gas engine drives the rear wheels using a six-speed automatic transmission
  • Double-wishbone front suspension and five-link rear suspension
  • Adaptive suspension system

Safety Features

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Available backup camera, surround view
  • Available collision warning with pedestrian recognition and braking function

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 3.5
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value for the money 3.8
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.3

Most recent consumer reviews


True hybrid

This is an amazing car, I love the technology behind this car. It's xxxx fun to drive this car. The design outside is amazing, but inside is bit dull.


Car is stunning

Great looks, tech is beyond my capabilities, car runs great. Battery mode doesn't have much range but gets great mileage. Shipping company ran the battery down so car didn't like that very much.


Fun & sporty

Not the right car for me but it was a fun drive, although it is somewhat cramped inside. Not a practical car for family

See all 4 consumer reviews


New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by BMW
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
144 months/unlimited distance
48 months/50,000 miles
Hybrid electric
96 months/100,000 miles
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty
Dealer certification required
196-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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