$143,400–$143,400 MSRP range
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Key Specs

of the 2017 BMW i8. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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
2017 BMW i8 exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2017 BMW i8

  • 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
  • Laser high-beam headlights available

2017 BMW i8 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The 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 15 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 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, according to BMW. All-wheel drive is standard and the gas engine powers the rear wheels while the electric motor drives the front wheels. Total system output is 357 horsepower and 420 pounds-feet of torque.

Like the 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 designed for small children.

New for 2017
The i8 is available in a Protonic Red Edition that includes red paint with gray metallic accents, black and gray wheels, sport seats with red highlights, and black and red interior trim.
Significant Standard Features

  • 129-hp electric motor drives the front wheels
  • Lithium-ion battery pack
  • 228-hp, turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder gas engine drives the rear wheels
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Adaptive suspension system
  • Swing-wing doors
  • LED headlights
  • 20-inch light-alloy wheels
  • Navigation system
  • Head-up display
  • Surround view camera system
  • Forward collision warning with pedestrian recognition and braking function
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an ...
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The 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 15 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 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, according to BMW. All-wheel drive is standard and the gas engine powers the rear wheels while the electric motor drives the front wheels. Total system output is 357 horsepower and 420 pounds-feet of torque.

Like the 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 designed for small children.

New for 2017
The i8 is available in a Protonic Red Edition that includes red paint with gray metallic accents, black and gray wheels, sport seats with red highlights, and black and red interior trim.
Significant Standard Features

  • 129-hp electric motor drives the front wheels
  • Lithium-ion battery pack
  • 228-hp, turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder gas engine drives the rear wheels
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Adaptive suspension system
  • Swing-wing doors
  • LED headlights
  • 20-inch light-alloy wheels
  • Navigation system
  • Head-up display
  • Surround view camera system
  • Forward collision warning with pedestrian recognition and braking function
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Laser high-beam headlights
  • Perforated leather upholstery

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What Drivers Are Saying

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Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Nice bmw car for sale 100% guarantees

by Harver Kendrick from Texas on June 30, 2018

It a nice car texted and used for sometime it has all good and set interior with alloy wheel it a nice car I guarantee you 100% for it and also 2years warrantee Read full review

(5.0)

It is the best car I ever seen .

by Sanjay ray from Dehri-on-sone,Rohtas on May 29, 2018

This car is wonderful because of its stylish look and it is too comfortable and I will recommend my friends buy this car only because it has nice looks and it's speed is amazing when my son will ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 BMW i8 currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2017 BMW i8 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by BMW

Program Benefits

Comprehensive inspection by BMW technician, 24/7 Roadside Assistance, BMW Assist. Exceptional vehicles with exceptional coverage

  • Limited Warranty

    Unlimited Miles for 1-Year

    BMW Certified Pre-Owned: Covers you for unlimited miles for 1-year, after the expiration o f the 4-year / 50,000 mile New Vehicle/SAV Limited Warranty for a total of 5 years with unlimited miles. This includes up to 5 years and unlimited miles of BMW Roadside Assistance and BMW Assist (TM) on many late model BMW vehicles. Additional plans are available to extend your vehicle's coverage for up to a total of 6 years with unlimited miles. See your BMW Center for details.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Comprehensive inspection.

    See inspection details.

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker