2016 BMW i8
- Supercar looks
- Brisk acceleration
- Efficiency versus exotic competitors
- Interior quality
- Ride quality
- Multiple cameras and sonar
- Light but feels heavy
- Difficult entry/exit
- Doors complicate access
- Tiny backseat
- Requires premium gas
- Modest EV range and gas mpg versus cheaper plug-ins
Laser high-beam headlights newly available
Plug-in hybrid sports car with 15 miles of all-electric range
Carbon fiber-reinforced plastic body, aluminum chassis
Electric front-drive, gas-rear drive
Recharges in 1.5 hours on Level 2 service
What Is the 2016 BMW i8?
The 2016 BMW i8 is a plug-in hybrid sports car that seats four. It competes against the Tesla Model S and Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid. It's offered in only one trim level with two option packages: Giga World and Tera World.
What's New on the 2016 BMW i8?
BMW Laser Light high-beam headlights are newly available in the U.S. for the 2016 model year.
How Does the 2016 BMW i8 Compare to Other Plug-In Hybrid Cars?
When comparing passenger and cargo space, the BMW i8 falls short of competitors like the Tesla Model S and Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, both of which cost less than the i8. Neither its electric range nor its gas-only mileage are noteworthy.
What Features in the 2016 BMW i8 Are Most Important?
The 2016 BMW i8 is powered by both a 1.5-liter three-cylinder gas engine that generates 228 horsepower and a 129-hp electric motor. The gas engine is in the back and the electric motor is up front to create electric all-wheel drive. The gas engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and the electric motor a two-speed transmission. Standard features include a lithium-ion battery pack, adaptive suspension system, swing-wing doors, LED headlights, 20-inch light-alloy wheels, a navigation system, head-up display, a surround view camera system and forward collision warning. As required in all new cars, the BMW i8 also features front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system.
Optional features include laser high-beam headlights and perforated leather upholstery.
Should I Buy the 2016 BMW i8?
Despite its attractive supercar looks and quality interior materials, the 2016 BMW i8 has its drawbacks. It's difficult to get in and out of the vehicle, and the backseat is quite cramped. It also requires premium fuel and doesn't deliver an impressive EV range compared with less expensive plug-in hybrid options, like the Chevrolet Volt or Toyota Prius Plug-In.
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Editor's note: This review was written in October 2015 about the 2015 BMW i8. The laser headlights mentioned are now available for 2016... Read More
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