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  • Launched in 2018
  • Luxury
  • Petrol, Diesel
  • Launch year
    2018
  • Body type
    Luxury
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel

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Sporty luxury coupe from BMW

Best bits

  • Comparatively, quite good value for money
  • Engines give stonking performance and refinement
  • Infotainment system is the best in the business

Not so great

  • Steering could offer more feedback
  • Cramped rear seats might as well not be there
  • Arguably not as glamorous as some rivals

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BMW 8 Series Exterior Front

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BMW 8 Series Interior

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Overall verdict

"The BMW 8 Series is handsome to look at and pleasant to sit in, and it delivers an appealing blend of sporty handling and long-distance comfort. The engines are great, too, but it’s the diesel version that makes the most sense and gives the car a unique selling point."

BMW 8 Series Exterior Front

The word ‘flagship’ gets bandied around a lot in the car world, especially by a company like BMW. The 7 Series has for several years served as the firm’s flagship luxury saloon, whereas the X7 sits on top of its popular SUV range. You could argue, though, that having gone one better than both of those cars in terms of the number in its name, the 8 Series is the company’s real flagship, sitting at the very pinnacle of its model range.


What is it? Well, it its simplest terms, it’s a large luxury coupe with four seats and two doors (convertible and four-door versions are also available, which we’ll review separately), putting it on a collision course (metaphorically, not literally) with cars as diverse as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe, Lexus LC, Aston Martin DB11, Bentley Continental GT, even the Porsche 911. 


But what does the big BMW bring to the party that others don’t? Well, that will much depend on which version you go for.


Let’s begin with the range-topper, the 850i. Powered by a monstrous petrol V8, it has the performance and soundtrack to match its rivals. It’s also bang-on with the Mercedes for price, and way cheaper than the Aston or Bentley. Having said that, it also feels pretty similar to those cars in terms of the job it does. No bad thing in such esteemed company, but by the same token, there isn’t much to mark it out against its rivals.


The 840d diesel version, on the other hand, is a different matter entirely. No rival offers an equivalent - even the Mercedes is, perhaps somewhat surprisingly, petrol-only - and that immediately gives the 8 Series an appeal that no other car does. And quite aside from the improved economy and extended touring range a diesel gives you, the engine is quiet, smooth and effortlessly muscular. Okay, diesel isn’t exactly the height of fashion these days, but for high-mileage drivers looking for a bit of luxury and style, this will be a very tempting package.


Whichever 8 Series you plump for, though, you’ll get a car that’s very handsome to look at, an absolute joy to sit in (provided you’re not in the cramped back seats, that is) and rammed full of luxury kit, including the best infotainment system in the business. It’s good to drive, with sportier handling than many rivals, but with a ride that’s comfortable enough to make it a capable daily driver. Stick with one of the more humble versions, and it even manages to look like pretty good value compared with most rivals. What’s not to like?

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NewBMW 8 Series

840i [333] sDrive M Sport 4dr Auto

  • Petrol
  • Semi-auto
  • Vertu BMW Sunderland
  • Tyne and Wear, NE360BQ
RRP £99,087£84,466
HP: £2,206.72/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £2,206.72, Customer Deposit: £12,669.00, Total Deposit: £12,669.90, Total Charge For Credit: £7,645.82, Total Amount Payable: £92,111.82, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.68%

BMW 8 Series
BMW 8 Series
BMW 8 Series

NewBMW 8 Series

840i [333] sDrive M Sport 4dr Auto

  • Petrol
  • Semi-auto
  • Vertu BMW York
  • York, YO304WR
RRP £75,495£66,379
HP: £1,734.19/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £1,734.19, Customer Deposit: £9,956.00, Total Deposit: £9,956.85, Total Charge For Credit: £6,008.69, Total Amount Payable: £72,387.69, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.68%

Is the BMW 8 Series right for you?

Do you spend much of your time driving huge distances on motorways, but you want to do it with the kind of style and glamour that a luxury saloon just can’t deliver? Well provided you don’t need the space and practicality of a saloon, then the diesel-powered 8 Series could well be the answer.


Like most big luxurious coupes, the 8 Series is comfortable and quiet on the motorway, allowing you to demolish huge distances quickly and easily. However, while the rest of the class only offers petrol power, the 8 Series’ diesel offering will mean cheaper fuel bills, and much longer stints between fill-ups, which will be a big help for your rate of progress.


As well as the coupe, there's the flashier BMW 8 Series Convertible and the more practical four-door BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe.

What’s the best BMW 8 Series model/engine to choose

It may not be very fashionable these days, but the diesel is definitely the pick. You see, the big V8-powered 850i is all very nice, with huge performance from its crackerjack of an engine. However, there are quite a few luxury four-seat coupes out there with big petrol engines, making the 850i just another choice. 


The diesel, meanwhile, is something completely different, and has no direct rivals. Lexus offers the LC with a petrol-electric self-charging hybrid drivetrain, but that’s about as close as rivals get. So, if you plan to use your 8 Series to cross continents and regularly blatt along motorways, the superior economy and extended cruising range of a diesel will be very appealing.

What other cars are similar to the BMW 8 Series?

There are a few large luxurious coupes out there, but they vary greatly in terms of their ethos and price. 


Predictably, the closest rival for the 8 Series comes from Mercedes-Benz, in the form of the S-Class Coupe. Lexus will be looking to tempt the same buyers with the stunning Lexus LC, and if you look (quite a long way) further up the price scale, luxury grand tourers such as the Aston Martin DB11 and the Bentley Continental GT come into view. 


Alternatively, if you view the 8 Series as a sports car rather than a grand tourer, you’ll also want to consider the good old Porsche 911.

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