In-depth reviews

BMW i8 Coupe - Reliability & safety (2014-2021)

New technology hasn't been tried and tested, but the BMW i8 feels well put together

Carbuyer Rating

3.3 out of 5

Reliability & safety Rating

3.5 out of 5

​The BMW i8 was launched with plenty of new tech, which made predicting long-term reliability a little trickier than normal but in the years since then, there haven’t been reports of major problems. The car's battery comes with a long warranty and features a BMW TeleServices system, which tells you not only when the car needs servicing, but also when your local dealer has an available slot.

BMW i8 reliability

Due to the relatively small number of owners, the BMW i8 has yet to feature in our annual Driver Power customer satisfaction survey. As a brand, BMW finished in 27th place in the 2020 edition (a two place drop from 25th position in 2019), with 20.4% of owners experiencing one or more faults in the first year of ownership. However, as these results were made up largely of conventional petrol and diesel BMW owners, it would be wrong to expect i8 owners to share the same experience.

Although many of the i8’s parts are of cutting-edge design and construction, most of the interior switchgear used across BMW’s range and the 1.5-litre petrol engine is fitted to many MINI models and the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer MPV.

Safety

The BMW i8 should also be safe, although it's yet to be crash-tested by Euro NCAP. All BMW i8s come with bright LED headlights as standard, but if they're not hi-tech enough for you, BMW will fit laser headlights at extra cost. These are 10 times more powerful than conventional lights and their pure-white beam reaches up to 600 metres ahead of the car. The car also has a high-beam assistance system, which dips the lights when it detects a car coming in the opposite direction.

The i8 can also be fitted with a Driver Assistance package, which includes an automatic braking system. This can slow the car down if it senses an imminent impact, while the object detection system can sense a vehicle in your blind spot.

Recommended

BMW i8 Coupe review (2014-2021)
BMW i8 driving
BMW i8
5 Jul 2021

BMW i8 Coupe review (2014-2021)

Special edition cars: the best, worst and weirdest
Jeep Cherokee SUV
15 Dec 2020

Special edition cars: the best, worst and weirdest

Most Popular

Best new car deals 2021
Fiat 500 electric
Deals
24 Sep 2021

Best new car deals 2021

Electric Citroen Ami to launch in the UK next year
2022 Citroen Ami
Citroen Ami
21 Sep 2021

Electric Citroen Ami to launch in the UK next year

Top 10 best small estates 2021
Skoda Octavia Estate
Skoda Octavia Estate
22 Sep 2021

Top 10 best small estates 2021

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
10 Aug 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
3 Jun 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
15 Jun 2021

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
23 Jul 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors 2021
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors 2021

Top 10 best electric cars 2021
Volkswagen ID.3
Best cars
12 Aug 2021

Top 10 best electric cars 2021

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2021
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
10 Jun 2021

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2021

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks
Mercedes AMG A45 - rear
Hot hatches
25 Jun 2021

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks