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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. Safety should be less of a worry, because the 8 Series is one of the brand’s flagship vehicles, with top notch technology and equipment to match.

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 21st out of 29 manufacturers, behind rivals Mercedes, Jaguar and Lexus. Just under 20% of BMW owners reported one or more faults within the first year of driving. Performance and interior quality garnered praise, but respondents weren’t so convinced with the value for money or sat nav in their BMWs.

Safety

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 nearby vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, and can warn the driver and apply the brakes autonomously.

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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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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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