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2016 BMW i8

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Key specs

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Combined MPGe Combined MPGe

Miles per gallon-equivalent is how the EPA provides efficiency ratings for battery-electric vehicles in a way that can be used in comparison with gasoline-powered vehicles. Actual mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, driving habits, elevation changes, weather, accessory usage (lights, climate control), vehicle condition and other factors.

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15 mi.
EPA-est. range EPA-est. range

EPA-estimated range is the distance, or predicted distance, a new plug-in vehicle will travel on electric power before its battery charge is exhausted. Actual range will vary depending on driving conditions, driving habits, elevation changes, weather, accessory usage (lights, climate control), vehicle condition and other factors.

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2 hrs.
Level 2 charging Level 2 charging

Charge time estimates are based on using a 240-volt charging circuit charging from empty to 100% battery capacity. Level 2 is the fastest way to charge at home, though charging times can vary and are dependent on factors such as the capabilities of the charging circuit, charging equipment and the vehicle’s onboard charger. Level 2 charging time provided by Chrome Data, a JD Power company.

7 kWh
Battery capacity Battery capacity

Battery capacity is measured in kilowatt-hours, which is a measure of how much energy is used over time. A 70-kWh battery has more energy capacity than a 50-kWh battery and would result in a longer driving range if all other factors were equal. But more battery capacity doesn’t always mean longer range because of differences in energy consumption from vehicle to vehicle. Battery capacity provided by Chrome Data, a JD Power company.


Seating capacity

184.9” x 50.8”


All-wheel drive



The good:

  • Supercar looks
  • Brisk acceleration
  • Efficiency versus exotic competitors
  • Interior quality
  • Ride quality
  • Multiple cameras and sonar

The bad:

  • 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

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Notable features

  • 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
  • Swing-wing doors
  • Recharges in 1.5 hours on Level 2 service

2016 BMW i8 review: Our expert's take

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.'s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with's long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don't accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of's advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior 4.4
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value 4.2
  • Exterior 4.8
  • Reliability 4.4
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Most recent consumer reviews


For the money its slow

I rented a i8 just because I thought it looks cool and i wanted to try it out on my vacation. Very beautiful car with comfortable seats and impressive technology for the year but im disappointed in the performance... 0 to 60 felt faster in my buddies 2005 350z and a newer mustang gt is faster and more then half the price.... if i recommend a cheap super car ill go for a gallardo


2016 BMW I8

Great condition. Still have manufacturer warranty until Nov 2020 and certified warranty until Nov 2021. Navigation is in the front screen. Hybrid. Very comfortable when you drive.


Most Sexy Vehicle for Me!!!

This is a fun vehicle and people head turns when I pass then...LOL Love this vehicle. It’s fun to drive especially when I am getting out and the door goes up how exciting.

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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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