BMW i8 Coupe (2014-2020) practicality & boot space
Due to the i8 Coupe’s interior layout – and its party-piece doors – it’s not the most practical car, but it’s still very usable by sports-car standards
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The BMW i8’s interior is nicely trimmed and comfortable even for tall drivers, but the heavily raked windscreen does create a bit of a blind spot. The additional two seats in the back are small enough that you should think of them as occasional space that's best saved for children or those in desperate need of a lift back from the pub. They are, however, really useful as a space to throw your bag every day.
BMW i8 Coupe interior space, storage & comfort
Storage space in the i8 is limited to the centre-console bin and cup-holders, plus a small glovebox. The compact interior means there isn’t really room for much more than a few phones and wallets, although the rear seats are handy for somewhere to throw your bags. Due to the stylish and unusual doors, entry isn’t the easiest; thanks to the relationship between the roof and the height of the seat you have to gently lower yourself in. However, the seats are comfortable once you've clambered into them.
There’s just 154 litres of luggage space under the rear cover of the i8, so most owners will use the two small rear seats as extra luggage space. The boot will swallow two squashy weekend bags, but if you’re heading away for a longer period or have bulkier items, you might have to put them behind the front seats.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe BMW i8 was arguably the original hybrid sports car, delivering striking looks and a thrilling drive
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingDespite the BMW i8 Coupe’s performance, it delivers comparable range to many more conventional plug-in hybrid family cars
- 3Running costsWhile the BMW i8 Coupe isn’t cheap, it delivers running costs more comparable with a family hybrid than a high-performance sports car
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe BMW i8 Coupe only has a small petrol engine, yet delivers sports-car performance for shoestring running costs
- 5Interior & comfortThe BMW i8 reflects its futuristic powertrain with a high-quality and advanced interior that comes loaded with kit as standard
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingDue to the i8 Coupe’s interior layout – and its party-piece doors – it’s not the most practical car, but it’s still very usable by sports-car standards
- 7Reliability & safetyThe i8 uses conventional technology where possible and mixes this with advanced engineering to deliver strong reliability and safety