2019 BMW i8

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$147,500

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2019 BMW i8
2019 BMW i8

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Supercar looks
  • Brisk acceleration
  • Efficiency versus exotic competitors
  • Interior quality
  • Ride quality

The bad:

  • Light but feels heavy
  • Difficult entry, exit
  • Doors complicate access
  • Tiny backseat (coupe)
  • Requires premium gas
  • Modest EV range and gas mpg versus cheaper plug-ins

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Notable features

  • New roadster version available
  • Plug-in hybrid sports car with 18 miles of all-electric range
  • Carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body, aluminum chassis
  • Electric front-drive, gas rear-drive
  • Swing-wing doors

2019 BMW i8 review: Our expert's take

BMW has updated its hybrid electric i8 model, giving it more power, more range, a bigger battery and, most significantly, a new roadster model that features a powered convertible top. The new i8 roadster and updated coupe will go on sale as 2019 models in spring 2018.

 

Exterior

The changes externally are minimal, with few design differences between the 2018 and 2019 coupe. But the big news is obviously the roadster, which loses the two vestigial “plus 2” rear seats in favor of a power-retractable soft-top and separate articulated rear window.

The insulated fabric panel folds using a Z formation and stows underneath a hard tonneau cover in just 16 seconds and at speeds up to 31 mph, according to BMW. If you worry that losing the roof means that the i8 will also lose its novel butterfly doors, fear not — the car retains its cool doors, ready to let you show off when you roll up to your destination. In addition to the new top, two new colors arrive for the 2019 model year: E-Copper and Donnington Grey.

Interior

No styling changes have been made inside, but new colors and trim options have been created. Standard is a sport steering wheel and multifunction display, with Giga interior trim colors in Ivory White leather for the coupe and Ivory White/Black leather for the roadster. A dark Amido interior color is standard for both models, and the optional Halo interior trim features a Carum/Dalbergia color scheme, or spend a little more and opt for the high-end Tera World Copper interior trim.

The electronics include standard navigation with the latest BMW iDrive 6.0, which allows the user to use either the touch controller on the center console or the 8.8-inch touchscreen in the dash for input and control. The standard audio system is a Harman Kardon HiFi premium system with 12 speakers. A head-up display is also standard, which changes information displayed based on the drive mode.

Under the Hood

The i8 coupe and roadster keep the car’s unusual and complicated hybrid setup: a turbocharged three-cylinder gas engine that powers the rear wheels under hard acceleration via a six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission combined with an electric motor that powers the front wheels full time using a two-speed automatic transmission. The two combine for seamless all-wheel drive, but for 2019 the system favors the electric drive even more, aiming to keep the car in electric mode more often. The gas engine acts as a generator to charge up the batteries most of the time, but can add power to the wheels directly when called upon.

The battery capacity has been boosted, too. It’s now an 11.6-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion unit. As a result, the i8’s electric-only range has increased and is now preliminarily rated at 18 miles by BMW. The zero-to-60-mph time has dropped to 4.2 seconds for the coupe. For the all-new roadster, the time is 4.4 seconds.

Five drive modes are again available, tailoring the car to the driver’s situation and desired responsiveness. The roadster receives 20-inch wheels as standard, but like the coupe offers four different design choices. Also standard is Dynamic Damper Control and an adjustable suspension for both models.

Safety

The new 2019 i8 coupe and roadster both include standard adaptive cruise control, as well as the Driving Assistant Package. The safety package includes a surround-view camera, frontal collision warning with pedestrian detection and autonomous braking, front and rear parking sensors with cross-traffic alert, and automatic high-beam headlights.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.1
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews

4.7

A real Pantie Droper

The styling is beautiful, and engineering to use a combination of elecreic and gas is outstanding. This car answers everything that I was looking for in a supercar.

3.0

a total waste of money buy a Maserati gt instead

after spending 2 months with the 2019 car i think I know it well, yes it run son air and the youngsters love its look and the heads-up speedo is nice but that's about it. If you want to drive around with a barbie doll beside you and get play the I am better than you game or pretend to be a footballer this is your car. The interior is so full of cheap-looking BMW parts and plastic that it is quite shocking considering the price. The back seats dont exist nor does luggage space. The leather interior is nice but below expectations on this price of car. A lot of my male adn female friends struggled to get into the car such is the problem with the high sills. This car is all fur coat and no underwear. My Maserati GT Mc sport was getting fixed after someone rearended me, and by god once I got back in it i just smiled. The Mas is 4 years old not as tecnically advanced as the BMW i8 . the infotainment is nowhere near as modern but if you offered me a brand new i8 in exchanged id say a huge no. Tje Maxerati is a proper car loads of things could be imporved on it but this BMW couldnt polish it wheels . To sum up the BMW 18 felt like I was driving a very lovely dodgem car . I prefer a real car.

5.0

Smooth ride that everyone loves to look at

Couldn’t ask for a better car. Hybrid, get mpg, fast when I need it to be, economical for long commutes, and a show stopper wherever it goes. I love it.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by BMW
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
N/A
Dealer certification required
196-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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