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Key Specs

of the 2014 BMW i8. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Supercar looks
  • Performance potential
  • Efficiency
  • Interior quality

The Bad

  • Difficult entry/exit
  • Tiny backseat

Notable Features of the 2014 BMW i8

  • 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 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 Fea...

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

2014 i8 Video

The 2014 BMW i8 is "a head-turner of epic proportions," says Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder. "It is sporty, it is quick, especially if you consider that it is a plug-in gasoline electric hybrid." Watch the video for more.

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Consumer Reviews

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What Drivers Are Saying

(3.0)

Fun & sporty

by BMW fan on November 29, 2017

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

(5.0)

BMW i8, the future...now.

by kingjeffishere from Upper Marlboro, MD on June 25, 2017

After owning for a year, the fascination continues to grow! The superior technology, the futuristic design, and the unchained speed still continues to make this car the only car on the road worth ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2014 BMW i8 currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2014 BMW i8 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    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

  • Powertrain warranty

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    196-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The i8 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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