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2020 BMW 8 Series

What’s new

  • Six-cylinder 840i added to the lineup
  • Android Auto compatibility coming later in the model year
  • Part of the first generation of 8 Series introduced for 2019

Pros & Cons

  • Both available engines offer ample performance
  • Comfortable for long-distance cruising
  • More cargo room than you might expect
  • Luxurious and refined interior
  • Rear seats aren't of much use
  • Styling reduces outward visibility
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2020
BMW 8 Series for Sale
MSRP Range
$87,900 - $111,900
MSRP Starting at
$87,900
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$92,828
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$92,828 - $110,176

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MSRP Range
$87,900 - $111,900
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2020 BMW 8 Series Review

Introduced last year, the BMW 8 Series immediately won us over with its richly detailed cabin, serene ride and spacious accommodations. But its driving dynamics truly floored us. The 8 Series handles better than a vehicle this size ought to, and its twin-turbo V8 pumps out an unyielding amount of thrust. Now, for 2020, BMW has put another engine option under the hood: a turbocharged six-cylinder.

Big luxury sport coupes like the 8 Series just beg for a V8, but there is hope for this new six-cylinder 840i version. We've tested this engine in a bunch of other BMW products, and each time we've come away pleased with its silky smooth power delivery and high fuel economy. The 840i won't offer the pin-you-to-your-seat acceleration of the V8-powered M850i, but BMW says the coupe manages a 4.4-second 0-60 mph time when you opt for all-wheel drive. If these times bear out, the 8 Series would be a bit quicker than some of its V8-powered competition.

With an as-new starting price well under the six-figure mark, the 8 Series now appeals to a wider set of buyers. In its less expensive guise, the 840i provides a more luxurious experience for shoppers who previously would have considered sports cars such as the Porsche 718 Cayman and BMW Z4. The more powerful M850i, meanwhile, offers an ideal grand-touring car experience at a lower price point than rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe and Aston Martin Vantage.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
Rated for you by America’s best test team

Our verdict

8.1 / 10
Among luxury sport coupes, choices tend to focus on comfort or performance. The new BMW 8 Series is remarkable for its ability to deliver both in abundance. On top of that, the interior is elegantly modern and has plenty of new technology features. Choosing between it and the venerable Porsche 911 will be tough.

How does it drive?

8.5
We have high expectations for this segment when it comes to performance, and the 8 Series meets or exceeds them. We tested the M850i at our test track and recorded a 0-60 mph time of 3.6 seconds. That's quicker than sportier cars such as the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT C.

The brakes are touchy at low speeds, so you'll occasionally make an inelegant stop. Otherwise, the 8 Series is extraordinarily easy to drive, from the everyday commute to its high limits. Standard all-wheel drive, controlled body roll, and accurate, responsive steering encourage you to drive harder.

How comfortable is it?

9.0
The 8 Series gets all the high marks expected from a fine luxury sport coupe. Adaptive dampers work wonders to absorb bumps and ruts for a better ride than rivals offer. The front seats are well shaped for hours of relaxed touring, though the aggressive side bolsters — while adjustable — can be confining. Wind and road noise is impressively silenced, yet you can still hear just enough of the burly V8 to be inspired.

What's most impressive is that the 8 Series is this comfortable vis-à-vis its superb overall performance. The customary sacrifices with respect to ride quality and noise are blissfully absent.

How’s the interior?

7.0
The cabin's look and feel are a huge asset. The primary controls are well placed and require little attention to operate, though with practice, some users might prefer the available gesture controls. Thanks to ample shoulder room, you won't bump your passenger as you swipe to change songs. But there's little room in the back. The seats are essentially two nicely upholstered luggage buckets.

The front seats are highly adjustable, so there's no issue finding an ideal position. Visibility is slightly compromised due to the thick pillars and lack of visual references, but the standard blind-spot monitor and surround-view camera system help. Overall, none of these drawbacks are unusual for this class.

How’s the tech?

7.5
The standard audio system is powerful and clear enough that you don't need to bother with the optional (and pricey) Bowers & Wilkins upgrade. The infotainment system features a crisp, responsive screen and easy-to-navigate menus. Alternatively, you can use voice controls if you don't want to fiddle with the iDrive controller. The system is quite accurate, but because it is cloud-based, it can be slow to respond.

All advanced driving aids work well but are optional — at a reasonable price. Wireless Apple CarPlay is standard. BMW says wireless Android Auto is coming in mid-2020.

How’s the storage?

8.0
The 8 Series is surprisingly utilitarian. The trunk is massive for the class and can accept surprisingly large, bulky cargo. The liftover height for the trunk is low too. Up front, BMW's designers gave the 8 Series a fair number of spaces for holding personal items. Pockets, bins and cupholders are moderately sized, and the rubberized wireless charging pad ensures your phone will stay put.

Want to use your 8 Series as a family taxi? Little kids in booster seats will be OK, but good luck trying to fit a big child safety seat in the back given the lack of space.

How economical is it?

7.0
The EPA estimates fuel economy for the M850i at 20 mpg combined, which is slightly better than average among competing V8 coupes. Those figures are attainable if you have restraint. Most of our test drivers didn't, and our test M850i ended up posting fill-ups in the low teens.

Is it a good value?

8.0
The 8 Series is remarkably well equipped in its base form, and that's especially true when you compare it to a similarly priced Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe and Porsche 911 Carrera 4S. In many ways, you get an optimal blend of the Mercedes' opulence and the Porsche's dynamic abilities. Even if you're generous with options, the 8 Series is a relative bargain.

BMW's basic and powertrain warranties are good for four years/50,000 miles, which is standard for the class among German rivals. Complimentary maintenance is offered for three years/36,000 miles, which is increasingly rare in the luxury class.

Wildcard

8.5
The 8 Series has the presence and performance to bring a smile to your face whether you're gazing it from afar or wringing it out on a fun road or racetrack. We give it extra points for its ability to satisfy both luxury- and sporty-minded drivers at the touch of a button.

Which 8 Series does Edmunds recommend?

There's nothing wrong with the 840i per se, but the 8 Series really shines with more power. That's why we'd go with the M850i xDrive, even though it costs quite a bit more. The 8 Series is a properly luxurious grand tourer and should have an engine to match. As for options, the Driving Assistance Professional package doesn't cost much money and makes highway cruising easier.

BMW 8 Series models

The 2020 BMW 8 Series is offered in three trims: 840i, 840i xDrive and M850i xDrive. All are available in either a coupe or convertible body style. (There's also a four-door 8 Series Gran Coupe, which is reviewed separately.)

The 840i models are powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six (335 horsepower, 368 lb-ft of torque). The standard 840i is rear-wheel-drive, while the xDrives are all-wheel-drive. The M850i's turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 (523 hp, 553 lb-ft) sends power to all four wheels. An eight-speed automatic is standard across the board.

Standard feature highlights on the 840i include adaptive dampers, a power trunklid, soft-close doors, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. The convertible adds a power-folding cloth top, and all-wheel-drive models add all-wheel steering (optional for the rear-drive 840i).

Inside, you get a head-up display, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, interior ambient lighting, Apple CarPlay, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, a navigation system and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

In addition to the more powerful engine, the M850i adds 20-inch wheels, upgraded brakes, an aerodynamic body kit, a sportier suspension tune, an M Sport differential, and upgraded sport seats with ventilation.

BMW's options packages for the 8 Series primarily consist of advanced driver safety features. The two main ones are the Driving Assistance package (parking sensors, a 360-degree parking camera, lane keeping assist and an automated parking system) and the Driving Assistance Professional package (adaptive cruise control and added semi-automated driving assist functionality). The coupe is also eligible for the Cooling and High Performance Tire package (upgraded engine cooling and tires for high-performance applications).

Other notable options include a carbon-fiber roof, a gear selector and select controls in faceted glass, and a Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system.


Consumer reviews

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    Features & Specs

    840i 2dr Coupe features & specs
    840i 2dr Coupe
    3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A
    MSRP$87,900
    MPG 23 city / 30 hwy
    SeatingSeats 4
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower335 hp @ 5000 rpm
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    M850i xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD features & specs
    M850i xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD
    4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A
    MSRP$111,900
    MPG 18 city / 25 hwy
    SeatingSeats 4
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower523 hp @ 5500 rpm
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    840i xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD features & specs
    840i xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD
    3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A
    MSRP$90,800
    MPG 21 city / 27 hwy
    SeatingSeats 4
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower335 hp @ 5000 rpm
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite 8 Series safety features:

    Frontal Collision Warning
    Alerts the driver if a front collision is imminent. The system applies the brakes if the driver doesn't respond in time.
    Lane Departure Warning
    Alerts the driver if the vehicle begins to wander out of its marked lanes.
    Active Guard
    Detects an imminent collision and then pre-tensions seat belts, closes the windows, and keeps the brakes applied to prevent a secondary collision.

    BMW 8 Series vs. the competition

    BMW 8 Series vs. Mercedes-Benz S-Class

    One of the 8 Series' primary competitors is the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe. The S-Class is truly a remarkable vehicle, with an opulent interior, exotic features and sublime driving experience. The S-Class is not as sporty as the 8 Series, and the V8-only lineup means it's not as affordable either.

    Compare BMW 8 Series & Mercedes-Benz S-Class features

    BMW 8 Series vs. Lexus LC 500

    With futuristic styling, a cushy ride and a sonorous V8, the Lexus LC 500 is a serious contender in the luxury coupe category. We're also enchanted by the driver-centric interior design; the "floating" door handles are a particular favorite. The only significant drawback is the frustrating-to-use interface for the infotainment system.

    Compare BMW 8 Series & Lexus LC 500 features

    BMW 8 Series vs. Porsche 911

    The Porsche 911 has been the sports-car gold standard for decades, and that remains true for its 2020 redesign. The cabin makes a strong impression thanks to its emphasis on technology, practicality and luxury. Driving dynamics are as good as ever, and even the base engine offers fantastic performance. It's sportier than the 8 Series but not as luxurious or comfortable.

    Compare BMW 8 Series & Porsche 911 features

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    Is the BMW 8 Series a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 8 Series both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.1 out of 10. You probably care about BMW 8 Series fuel economy, so it's important to know that the 8 Series gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg to 25 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the 8 Series has 14.8 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a BMW 8 Series. Learn more
    What's new in the 2020 BMW 8 Series?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 BMW 8 Series:

    • Six-cylinder 840i added to the lineup
    • Android Auto compatibility coming later in the model year
    • Part of the first generation of 8 Series introduced for 2019
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    How much should I pay for a 2020 BMW 8 Series?

    The least-expensive 2020 BMW 8 Series is the 2020 BMW 8 Series 840i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $87,900.

    Other versions include:

    • 840i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $87,900
    • M850i xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $111,900
    • 840i xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $90,800
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    What are the different models of BMW 8 Series?
    If you're interested in the BMW 8 Series, the next question is, which 8 Series model is right for you? 8 Series variants include 840i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), M850i xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A), and 840i xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of 8 Series models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2020 BMW 8 Series

    2020 BMW 8 Series Overview

    The 2020 BMW 8 Series is offered in the following submodels: 8 Series M850i xDrive, 8 Series Coupe, 8 Series Convertible. Available styles include 840i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), M850i xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A), 840i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 840i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), M850i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A), and 840i xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A).

    What do people think of the 2020 BMW 8 Series?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 BMW 8 Series and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 8 Series.

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    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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