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BMW 8 Series coupe - Reliability & safety

Buyers in this price bracket will expect reliability, while the BMW 8 Series comes loaded with advanced safety tech

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Starting from almost £75,000 (and rising to over £100,000), customers will expect the BMW 8 Series to be supremely well engineered, but the BMW brand's recent fall in our Driver Power survey ratings could be cause for concern.

BMW 8 Series reliability

The BMW 8 Series is a new and highly complex model, so it's impossible to say for certain how reliable it will be. However, the German brand is unlikely to face off against Mercedes, Porsche and Aston Martin without ensuring quality is first-rate. Some customers may also like to know the 8 Series is built in the same Dingolfing plant as the venerable BMW 7 Series limousine - and it shares some parts too.

Less reassuring is BMW's recent form in our Driver Power satisfaction survey, where owners placed the brand 27th out of 30 manufacturers, behind rivals Audi, Jaguar and Lexus.


Safety is less likely to be a worry because the 8 Series is one of BMW's most advanced cars, with a huge amount of safety technology fitted as standard. An array of cameras, ultrasonic and radar sensors around the car monitor for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, and can warn the driver and apply the brakes autonomously.

A new head-up display is also fitted, with a viewing area 16% larger than previous versions, updated graphics and additional safety information.

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