2019 BMW i8 Coupe

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2019 BMW i8
MSRP
$147,500
2019 BMW i8

What’s new

  • More power and EV range this year
  • New convertible model
  • Part of the first i8 generation introduced for 2014

Pros

  • Excellent integration of powertrain and in-car technology
  • Futuristic design turns plenty of heads

Cons

  • Performance lags behind competitors
  • Difficult to get in and out of


Which i8 does Edmunds recommend?

After you decide on going topless with the new i8 convertible or keeping the carbon fiber above your head with the i8 Coupe, there's not much to choose from. We haven't tested an i8 with the optional laser headlights, but getting to tell your friends, "It has freakin' lasers!" could very well be worth the price of admission alone.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

In almost every way, the 2019 BMW i8 is a supercar. Its outrageous and futuristic styling draws looks from down the block, its wild flip-up doors announce your presence whenever they're opened, and the entirety of BMW's performance catalog is crammed into its low-slung carbon-composite frame. Yet, it also goes one step further — it's also a green-oriented car.

The i8 has a plug-in hybrid powertrain that's used to generate both impressive performance and high fuel economy. A turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine produces 228 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque and drives the rear wheels. An electric motor that peaks at 141 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque drives the front wheels. In total, the i8 develops a total of 369 hp. Powering the motor is an 11.6-kWh battery, which allows the i8 to go up to 18 miles in pure electric mode. But mainly, it's used to fill in gaps in torque from the small engine and augment traction coming out of corners.

Two body styles are available for the 2019 i8: a 2+2 coupe and a new soft-top convertible. Unsurprisingly, the coupe's rear seats are small and ideal for kids, or kids at heart. The convertible model forgoes the rear seats and uses an electric system to enable the top to fold or deploy in about 15 seconds. It can even do it while the car is in motion at speeds of up to 30 mph.

There's just one problem. Supercars are known for their bold appearances and outrageous performance, but the i8 comes up a little short on the latter. It has a top speed of 155 mph and a claimed 0-60 mph acceleration time of 4.2 seconds. Those are certainly fun-inducing numbers, but they're nowhere near what similarly priced sports cars can do. Handling capability is also underwhelming for the class.

If all you're looking for are performance numbers, the i8 is probably not the car for you. Instead, consider the i8 a rolling technology showcase, one that shows that a complete reliance on fossil fuels for propulsion is not needed to have a good time.

Trim levels & features

The 2019 BMW i8 is available as a coupe or soft-top convertible. The i8 Coupe features 2+2 seating, while the i8 Roadster subs out the seats in exchange for the roof mechanism. Both models use the same plug-in hybrid powertrain that produces a combined 369 horsepower. A turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission power the rear wheels, and an electric motor drives the front wheels through a two-speed automatic transmission.

Standard features include 20-inch alloy wheels, a driver-adjustable suspension, LED exterior lighting (headlights, foglights, running lights and taillights), automatic headlights and wipers, front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view camera system, auto-dimming mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, and driver-seat memory settings.

You also get a head-up display, a navigation system, BMW's iDrive infotainment interface with an 8.8-inch central display screen, a USB port, a Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio and HD radio. Also included are BMW Apps (smartphone app integration), BMW Remote Services (remote-based functions done from a smartphone) and Apple CarPlay (subscription-based).

The optional Tera World package adds special interior trim and unique cloth and leather upholstery. Laser headlights are also available.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The comments in this review are based on limited experience with the BMW i8 Coupe (turbo 1.5L inline-3 plug-in hybrid | 6-speed and 2-speed automatics | AWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2017, the current i8 has received some revisions, including a more powerful powertrain and higher-capacity battery. Our findings remain applicable to this year's i8, however.

Driving

We achieved a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds with a 2017 i8 Coupe, which, frankly, is subpar for a sports car in this price range. We're also not particularly fond of the car's steering, which doesn't offer much feel. It's still a fun car to drive, though.

Comfort

Even in EV mode, the i8 isn't completely quiet — you can still hear the whine from the motors. When the gas engine is on, the audio system enhances the sound to be sportier. The adjustable suspension is compliant and well-suited to its purpose.

Interior

The i8's steeply raked front roof pillars, wide doorsills and upward-opening doors make getting in and out cumbersome. At least the seating position is textbook sports car. The coupe's rear seat is tiny and too small for adults.

Utility

The i8's rear cargo area is small but functional. You can store duffel bags and flatter items such as laptop bags. Thankfully, the coupe's back seat works well as a parcel shelf. The convertible has less space available because of its folding roof.

Technology

The latest iDrive system is intuitive to use. But many of today's latest driver safety aids, such as lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control, aren't available on the i8.

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Features & Specs

MSRP
$147,500
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 4
6-speed shiftable automatic
Hybrid
N/A
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite i8 safety features:

ConnectedDrive Services
Lets you know about traffic and parking spots and, in case of accidents, can connect you to BMW's Accident Assistance for vehicle support.
BMW Laserlight
Helps drivers see farther down dark roads, with advanced laser projection technology.
Active Driving Assistant
Warns of potential front collisions with vehicles or pedestrians and if the i8 is about to leave its lane.

BMW i8 vs. the competition

2019 BMW i8

2019 BMW i8

2018 Audi R8

2018 Audi R8

BMW i8 vs. Audi R8

While both models feature the number 8, the execution is totally different. The i8's smooth hybrid powertrain is much more efficient and can operate in electric-only mode. Plus, its iDrive system is easier to use and features better smartphone connectivity and integration. The R8 wins out with its speed, handling and sonorous V10 engine. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Audi R8.

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BMW i8 vs. Tesla Model S

Aside from the ability to plug in for charging, these two cars couldn't be more different. The i8 represents the designer's choice, or the one you want to drive along a winding road during sunset. The Tesla's more conservative and classy approach is augmented by its brutal Ludicrous mode. The i8 wins out in the dynamic handling category. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Tesla Model S.

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BMW i8 vs. BMW M4

The M4 is the purist's choice because of its powerful and tractable engine, sticky tires and six-speed manual transmission. On a twisty road, it's quite possible the M4 is the quicker car. But the i8 is an event, especially when you pull up to the valet line in electric mode and swing up the i8's doors. It also has decent green-car cred, unlike the gas-swilling M4.

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2019 BMW i8 Coupe for Sale

BMW i8 2019 2dr Convertible AWD (1.5L 3cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 6A)
858 miles
Used 2019
BMW i8
Base
(17)
BMW of Fairfax
17.4 mi away
List$139,981
Est.Loan: $2,547/mo
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Dealer Notes
Only 736 Miles! This BMW i8 boasts a Intercooled Turbo GasElectric I-3 1.5 L91 engine powering this Automatic transmission. Wheels: 20 x 7.5 Fr & 20 x 8.5 Rr Bi-color -inc: Style 516, BMW i light alloy radial-spoke, Valet Function, Trunk Rear Cargo Access.*This BMW i8 Comes Equipped with These Options *Trip Computer, Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic, Transmission wDriver Selectable Mode and Sequential Shift Control wSteering Wheel Controls, Tracker System, Tires: 21545 R20 Front & 24540 R20 Rear Mixed, Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning, TailgateRear Door Lock Included wPower Door Locks, Systems Monitor, Surround View Back-Up Camera, Sport LeatherMetal-Look Steering Wheel.* Stop By Today *Stop by BMW of Fairfax located at 8427 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22031 for a quick visit and a great vehicle!
BMW i8 2019 2dr Convertible AWD (1.5L 3cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 6A)
New 2019
BMW i8
Base
BMW of Alexandria
24.7 mi away
MSRP$166,095
Est.Loan: $3,052/mo
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Dealer Notes
2019 BMW i8 1.5L DOHC.
BMW i8 2019 2dr Convertible AWD (1.5L 3cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 6A)
New 2019
BMW i8
Base
MSRP$166,164
Est.Loan: $3,053/mo
View Details
Dealer Notes
1.5L DOHC, 11 Speakers, 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, ABS brakes, Adaptive suspension, Air Conditioning, Auto High-beam Headlights, Auto-dimming door mirrors, Auto-dimming Rear-View mirror, Automatic temperature control, Blind spot sensor: Active Blind Spot Detection active, Brake assist, Bumpers: body-color, Convertible roof lining, Convertible roof wind blocker, Delay-off headlights, Driver vanity mirror, Dual front impact airbags, Dual front side impact airbags, Electric Seat Adjustment, Electronic Stability Control, Emergency communication system: BMW Assist eCall, Enhanced USB & Bluetooth wSmartphone Integration, Four wheel independent suspension, Front anti-roll bar, Front Bucket Seats, Front Center Armrest, Front dual zone AC, Front reading lights, Full Perforated Leather Upholstery, Fully automatic headlights, Garage door transmitter, Glass rear window, harmankardon Logic 7 Digital Surround, harmankardon Speakers, Heads-Up Display, Heated door mirrors, Heated Front Seats, Heated front seats, Illuminated entry, Integrated roll-over protection, Knee airbag, Leather Shift Knob, Low tire pressure warning, Navigation System, Occupant sensing airbag, Outside temperature display, Overhead console, Panic alarm, Passenger cancellable airbag, Passenger vanity mirror, Power convertible roof, Power door mirrors, Power driver seat, Power passenger seat, Power steering, Power windows, Radio data system, Radio: Multicast FM Stereo wHD, Rain sensing wipers, Rear anti-roll bar, Rear window defroster, Remote keyless entry, Security system, SiriusXM Sat. Radio w1 Yr All Access Subscription, Speed control, Speed-sensing steering, Speed-Sensitive Wipers, Sport steering wheel, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, Tachometer, Telescoping steering wheel, Tilt steering wheel, Traction control, Trip computer, Turn signal indicator mirrors, Variably intermittent wipers, and Wheels: 20 x 7.5 Fr & 20 x 8.5 Rr Bi-color. *Your additional costs are sales tax, tag and title fees for the state in which the vehicle will be registered, $995 freight (all new BMW models), any dealer-installed options (if applicable), $69 dealer-installed Nitrogen (Tire) InflationReplacement and a $299 dealer processing fee (not required by law). Pricing and incentives may vary if vehicle is leased. Prices are subject to change, and prior sales are excluded from these offers. While every reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions contained on these pages. Please verify any information in question with the dealer.

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Should I lease or buy a 2019 BMW i8?

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