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2020 BMW i8

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Pros

  • Forward-thinking drivetrain delivers strong performance
  • Exotic styling and limited production ensure exclusivity
  • Excellent fuel economy for a sports car

Cons

  • Powertrain can feel unrefined
  • Hard to get in and out
  • Lacks modern features

Battery range (EPA estimate)

18 miles

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The final year for BMW’s quirky plug-in hybrid exotic sports car

The 2020 BMW i8 marks the final year for this quirky two-seat sports car. The eye-catching and exotic carbon-fiber body means the i8 never lacks attention on the road. Despite the exotic exterior, there’s no V12, V10 or even V8 powering the i8, but a supercharged three-cylinder engine, supplemented by an electric motor. Not only is the i8 a hybrid, but it’s also a plug-in with an EPA-estimated electric-only range of up to 18 miles.

Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.

If you think being a plug-in hybrid means the i8 is slow, think again. It can sprint from a standstill to 60 mph in just over 4 seconds when the drive mode is switched to Sport, and its lightweight carbon fiber body helps make it a nimble handler.

The downside is that around town, the hybrid system abruptly transitions from electric to gas, creating an uncomfortable driving experience. The i8’s technology hasn’t advanced much since its 2014 introduction, with no modern driver assist systems available, and smartphone integration that includes Apple CarPlay® but skips Android Auto™ altogether.

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What is new for the 2020 BMW i8?

  • The Coupe, Giga World, and Roadster trims have been discontinued for 2020.
  • i8 trims have been upgraded with Cruise Control, Head Up Display, Blind Spot Monitor, Leatherette & Cloth, and Rear Spoiler as standard equipment this year.
  • The Base trim now comes with ABS Brakes, Air Conditioning, Automated Cruise Control, Front Seat Heaters, Lane Departure Warning, Leather Seats, Memory Seat(s), Overhead Airbags, Parking Sensors, Power Locks, Power Mirrors, Power Seat(s), Power Windows, Rear Defroster, Rear View Camera, Side Airbags, Smart Key, Traction Control, 20 Inch Plus Wheels, Alloy Wheels, 4WD/AWD, Automatic Transmission, Turbo Charged Engine, AM/FM Stereo, Auxiliary Audio Input, Bluetooth Technology, Harman Kardon Sound, Navigation System, Satellite Radio Ready, and Soft Top as standard equipment.

2020 BMW i8 trims

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Base:

  • 369-hp, 420-lb-ft of torque 1.5L
  • Cruise Control
  • Head Up Display
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Leatherette & Cloth
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5 reasons to buy the 2020 BMW i8

What We Like

Exotic looks: Even nearly a decade after its introduction, the BMW i8 remains a head-turner. The carbon fiber body has been carefully sculpted into unique shapes, and from the sharply styled nose to the integrated winglets that spring from the slope of the roof at the rear of the car, there’s enough eye candy to keep owners happy for years.

Hybrid drivetrain: Part of the mission of the i8 when it was introduced was to prove that hybrid technology could do more than just sip fuel. We’d say mission accomplished. The i8 is plenty powerful as its performance specs can attest. But it’s equally adept at maximizing its EV-only range and sipping fuel the rest of the time.

Interior comfort: It’d be easy to assume the i8 was cramped inside when looking at its small size and low-slung styling. Quite the opposite—the i8 has plenty of space for two people. Not only that, but the visibility to the front is excellent too, and the driving position is similarly spot-on for the business of enjoying the i8’s capabilities.

What Needs Improvement

Drivetrain refinement: As good as the i8 is when asked to be a performance car, its hybrid drivetrain can feel unrefined in the day-to-day grind. The transition from electric to gasoline power can feel abrupt, and definitely below where a luxury brand should be. While it’d be easy to dismiss it as a product of being an early hybrid, note that other less ambitious plug-in hybrids available at the time were much more refined.

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BMW i8 features and specs

(no trim) 4WD/AWD 2D Convertible

Standard Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Harman Kardon Sound
  • Head Up Display
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Leatherette & Cloth
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Soft Top
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Leatherette & Cloth
  • Rear Spoiler

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