2019 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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18 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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3 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.

11 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

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.



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.


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.


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 4.2
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value 4.0
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews


Kinda perfect (for me)

This is my second i8. I leased a 2019 for 14 months (lease takeover) and loved it. I was cross-shopping AMG GT, Bentley Continental GT, 911, Taycan, Vantage and Tesla Model S. My decision was based on my needs... I'm a car guy. I love exotics, but I'm also aware of fossil fuel issues and don't want to look back as part of the problem. So I wanted it all, an exotic with fuel efficiency, four seats, mid-engine, modern technology, and not a car with millions of iterations (like the 911). To drive, it's fascinating and not in a way I expected. To start with I was trying to get close to the Car and Driver 0-60 of 3.6s, but after a while, I was more interested in the fuel economy. Weirdly, I bought a car to go fast without being terrible for the environment, but in the end, I didn't want to go as fast as I wanted to see my mpg nudge up, which it did if I charged it regularly (presently I'm running at an average of 38mpg and climbing). I still accelerate fast, and pop it into sport when I need the supercar acceleration, but mostly I use it, day to day as the most enjoyable, engaging car I've owned. I've owned sub 4 second cars for a while, and some are more thrilling, but like I said, I wanted it all. So, the usual complaints: Too much plastic inside the car? Well, maybe, slightly, but look at the specs, and the environmentally friendly materials involved are staggering, and the unique carbon fiber and leather and stitching everywhere is an achievement to say the least. The interior is gorgeous, as is the subtle interior lighting, and still feels way more modern than the competitors, apart from the Mercedes maybe, and obviously the Tycan. Not a real supercar? Well, you decide: carbon fiber tub, no derivative versions (like the 911), sub 4s 0-60, eagle wing doors, mid engine, and such a low center of gravity that it sticks to the road like glue, even with tires that are fat compared to the Tesla, but thin compared to the Porsche. Less road feel. Yes, compared to the 911 (I used to have a 2013 GTS) it's no comparison. The 911 is the most engaging drive, I think, in the world, so I was amazed that I didn't miss it. I think the reviewers who look at this car have nothing to compare it to. The supercar stats are all 2 seaters that burn fuel at 4-6x that of the i8. The electric comparisons have none of the thrills, looks, or most importantly to me, the hybrid practicality. The only comparisons, really are either the NSX (hybrid supercar) but it has 1/3 the fuel economy and only two seats) but faster, or the P100d or Tycan 4s (faster but no hybrid, 4 door saloon, and well, you see 100 every day in Los Angeles) So you see, there isn't really a comparison, at least, not for me. This review isn't really designed to convince you to buy this car, more to understand the reason it's without doubt the best car... for me. BTW, my best 0-60 on the street, on a hot day, with Pirellis was 3.9s 0-60, and I nearly killed myself doing it. Instead, I'll use the power to get on the freeway, and surprise the Ferrari California that I'm faster than in the real world. Also, my 5'9 15 yr old fits in the back just fine for short journeys (<30m). 5'6" is the magic number for comfort in the back, but for shopping, you can fit 10 full bags from Trader Joes, and more in the trunk. The BMW i8 is a weird and brilliant car and that's why, in 15 years, it will probably be a collector's car worth more than anyone paid for it. Everyone looks at it (every day, even in 2022, people can't help it), but you won't be able to help seeing how little fuel you're burning as you hit sixty in under 4 seconds. Not for everyone, but definitely for me.


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.


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.

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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
36 months/36,000 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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