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2019 BMW i8

Original MSRP Range
$147,500--$163,300
Available Style(s)
Convertible, Hatchback
MPG
N/A
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2019 BMW i8

What We Like

  • Radical approach to construction
  • Wild styling
  • Great handling

What We Don't

  • There are faster supercars that are heavier

Ratings

Consumer Rating

5.0/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2019 BMW i8?

The BMW i8 Roadster 2-seater convertible is all-new for this model year. Power is increased by 12 horsepower to make 369 hp, and the battery has greater capacity and range. Apple CarPlay smartphone integration is now standard. A new optional aerodynamic kit becomes available. The Tera World package is revised, E-Copper is a new exterior color, and the Giga World package has been discontinued. See the 2019 BMW i8 models for sale near you

Which i8 is the Best?

If we were seeking a conventional driver's machine, we'd probably choose a Porsche 911. If you've already been there, done that, worn holes in the T-shirt, and now want something different, then the i8 could be an intriguing choice. Find a BMW i8 for sale

How Much Does a 2019 BMW i8 Cost?

The 2019 BMW i8 comes as a coupe with a 2+2 seating arrangement (the rear seats are small) or as a 2-seater convertible.

The i8 Coupe ($148,495) has 20-in light-alloy wheels, LED headlights with automatic high beams, LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers, selectable driving modes, adaptive dampers, heated/power-folding side mirrors, a self-dimming rearview mirror and driver's side mirror, keyless entry/start, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated/6-way power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, carbon fiber cabin trim, ambient LED cabin lighting, a garage door opener, a head-up display, navigation with real-time traffic updates, an 8.8-in infotainment touchscreen, front/rear parking sensors, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking and daytime pedestrian detection, cross-traffic alert, side-view/top-view camera system, speed limit information, Bluetooth, a USB port, Apple CarPlay, voice control, satellite/HD radio, 20 GB audio file storage, and an 11-speaker/280-watt Harmon Kardon audio system.

BMW Assist is also included, bringing roadside assistance and stolen vehicle location. The company offers a warranty of 8 years/100,000 miles on hybrid components.

The i8 Roadster ($164,295) brings the power-operated soft top and a rear window that raises automatically to act as a windbreak. It also has a 12-speaker/360-watt Harmon Kardon audio system.

There aren't many options, since the i8 is already packed with features. Buyers can choose the Tera World or Tera World Copper cosmetic packages, and there's also the BMW TurboCord with dual voltage (120/240 volts) charging abilities and an aerodynamic kit. The optional adaptive LED headlights with "Laserlight" are pretty expensive at $6,300, even if they do include lasers.

Golfers won't be thrilled by the i8 Coupe's trunk area of 5.44 cu ft, but they could use the small rear seats for extra storage. The i8 Roadster is even less practical with a 4.7-cu ft trunk, but it also has about 3.5 cu ft of extra space behind the seats.

i8 Trims

ConvertibleOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
i8 Roadster$163,300 / $152,370Hybrid369N/AAutomaticAWD4WD
HatchbackOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
i8 Coupe$147,500 / $137,675Hybrid369N/AAutomaticAWD4WD
Safety

Is the 2019 BMW i8 a Safe Car?

In addition to the mandatory safety equipment, the i8 has airbags for the front occupants' knees. Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has crash-tested the i8. Don't let that be a deal-breaker, though. The body is extremely tough, and we can be sure that BMW has run all sorts of collision scenarios.

Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion12 Years/Unlimited Miles
Hybrid/Electric Components8 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance4 Years/Unlimited Miles
Maintenance3 Years/36,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Tera World Copper
  • Giga World
  • Tera World
  • Storage Pkg

Competition

2019 BMW i8 vs the competition

2019 Acura NSX -- Available solely as a coupe, this is also a hybrid supercar. It's fabulous to drive, but feels heavy at 3,873 pounds. The i8 Coupe weighs 3,501 pounds.

2019 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid -- For low-emissions driving fun, this Panamera model develops 680 hp and seats four adults comfortably.

2019 Tesla Model S -- For no-emissions driving fun, the all-electric Model S luxury car offers serious acceleration with a 0-to-60 mph time of 2.4 seconds from a standstill. Many tech features are standard.

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