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Rankings & Research

The 2019 BMW 8-Series ranked #4 in Luxury Sports Cars. Currently the BMW 8-Series has a score of 8.9 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 8 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 7.6
Safety: TBD
Reliability: TBD

2019 BMW 8-Series Review

The all-new 2019 BMW 8 Series finishes in the top half of our luxury sports car rankings. It hits all the right notes, with a classy interior, plenty of power, and engaging driving dynamics.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine
  • Smooth ride
  • User-friendly technology
  • Near-useless rear seat
  • Rivals are more opulent inside

Is the BMW 8 Series a Good Car?

Yes, the BMW 8 Series is a good car. Available as both a coupe and a convertible, it provides power to spare, handles well, and rides smoothly. There's also a lot to like beyond its performance. The front seats are so comfortable that you wouldn't mind putting them in your living room, and the new 8 Series has a long list of standard features. It even has a decent sized trunk, which isn't a given in this class. Some rivals have more stylish interiors, however, and the 8 Series' rear seats are basically just for show.

Overall, the 8 Series measures up well against most other luxury sports cars. While it doesn't have the all-universe performance of some competitors, this BMW makes for a better daily driver than some of its classmates.

Should I Buy the BMW 8 Series?

There are plenty of reasons to like it, but the new 8 Series also comes with a steep starting price – almost double that of some of the other vehicles in this class. As such, this may not be the best choice for every buyer. After all, this class is loaded with cars that deliver outstanding performance and plenty of interior luxury. Before you buy the 8 Series, you should check out alternatives like the Mercedes-Benz GT and Porsche 911.

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Should I Buy a New or Used BMW 8 Series?

The 8 Series is a brand-new model, so there are no recent previous model years available. BMW has previously offered an 8 Series, but that was some 20 years ago, and the 2019 model is drastically different from any previous edition. Some test drivers have noted that the 8 Series seems like a real – and largely successful – attempt by BMW to once again lay claim to making "the ultimate driving machine."

We Did the Research for You: 8 Reviews Analyzed

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How Much Does the BMW 8 Series Cost?

With few exceptions, the starting prices of luxury sports cars generally fall into two ranges: under $60,000 and over $90,000. Few other car classes have as much of a gap between the most- and least-expensive starting prices as this one.

The 8 Series coupe carries a base price of a bit under $112,000. The 8 Series convertible starts at $121,400. These numbers are high, but some rivals with multiple high performance trim levels can approach $300,000 on the high end, making the 8 Series convertible seem almost like a bargain.

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BMW 8 Series Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: BMW 8 Series or Mercedes-Benz GT?

The Mercedes-AMG GT competes for one of the top spots in our luxury sports car rankings, and it's one of the few cars with a starting price as high as the 8 Series'. It's available as a two-seat coupe or convertible and has a gorgeous interior, though it doesn't have as many features or as much trunk space as the 8 Series. Whereas the BMW only offers one engine, the Mercedes-AMG GT offers several options ranging from 469-577 horsepower. As you might expect, they all deliver thrilling performance, and the price goes up with power. The GT also handles well, though it doesn't offer all-wheel drive, which comes standard in the 8 Series. These are both high-end sports cars, and the better choice comes down to what you value in a car. If you want the best possible performance, the GT is for you. But the 8 Series is a better choice if you're planning to drive it every day.

Which Is Better: BMW 8 Series or Porsche 911?

The Porsche 911 is one of the most fun-to-drive cars on the market. It's always a contender for the top spot in our class rankings, and its starting price is a cool $20K less than the BMW's. The base engine "only" puts out 370 horsepower, but several more powerful (and significantly more expensive) engines are available, with up to 700 horsepower. Despite all the power, what really sets the 911 apart is its world-class handling, which few cars can match. The Porsche features a beautiful interior, but the BMW has more trunk space and more features, like a larger touch screen, a head-up display, and a surround-view camera. Similar to the BMW, the 911 has four seats, but the back seats aren't hospitable for most people. This is another showdown between two great cars. The 8 Series is bigger and will impress tech-savvy buyers, while the 911 is better for people who want the most engaging driving experience.

Compare the 8 Series, GT, and 911 »

8 Series Performance

8 Series Engine: It Packs a Punch

The 8 Series features a 523-horsepower twin-turbo V8 engine, and it moves this heavy sports car with ease. Punch the gas, and the 8 Series rockets forward (BMW claims it can sprint from zero to 60 mph in a scant 3.6 seconds), and it has ample juice at highway speeds for merging and passing. Simply put, this car is fast.

8 Series Gas Mileage: Not Great, but Not Terrible

The 8 Series gets decent gas mileage for the class, earning 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Some rivals come with smaller engines and get better fuel economy. The Mercedes-Benz SL, for instance, gets up to 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

8 Series Ride and Handling: Living up to the Hype

Though it may not be the most athletic car in the class, the 8 Series is smooth and composed, making it a blast to drive. It handles well, yet it manages to deliver a cushioned ride.

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8 Series Interior

How Many People Does the 8 Series Seat?

There are four seats in the 8 Series, but that doesn't really mean it seats four people. That's because the rear seats are so confining that they are unusable for adult passengers. The front seats, on the other hand, are terrific. They're spacious, supportive, and a great place to spend time in.

Convertible models come with a power-folding soft top.

8 Series and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats.

8 Series Interior Quality

On the whole, this BMW's interior looks and feels great. Its design is a mix of modern and minimalist, reminiscent of some other BMW vehicles. However, some critics argue that the cabin's materials and design, while nice, don't measure up to the standards set by rivals and don't set it apart enough from other BMW models.

8 Series Cargo Space

Compared to many other cars in the class, the 8 Series offers a good amount of trunk space. Coupe models give you nearly 15 cubic feet, while convertible models provide more than 12 cubic feet. In either body style, you can haul about 10 or more shopping bags.

8 Series Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include wireless device charging and the iDrive infotainment system with a 10.25-inch touch screen, navigation, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and Apple CarPlay (though, unlike nearly every other vehicle that offers it, CarPlay requires a subscription after the first year in this BMW).

The iDrive system takes a bit of practice, but it becomes easy to operate after you get used to it. The touch screen's graphics are brilliantly sharp, and it responds well to inputs and gestures. The navigation system leaves room for improvement, so you'll probably want to stick to using your phone's GPS.

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8 Series Reliability

Is the BMW 8 Series Reliable?

The 2019 8 Series does not yet have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

BMW 8 Series Warranty

BMW covers the 8 Series with a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty.

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8 Series Safety

8 Series Crash Test Results

The 2019 8 Series has not yet been put through crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

8 Series Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, automatic parallel parking assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and BMW's Active Protection System. Some of these features are part of BMW's Active Driving Assistant. Night vision assist with animal detection, lane keep assist, and front cross traffic alert are available.

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Which BMW 8 Series Model Is Right for Me?

Choosing an 8 Series is easy. It only comes in one trim, so you only need to decide whether you want the coupe or convertible (a four-door Gran Coupe model is slated to eventually be offered as well). The M850i xDrive coupe sports a base price of $111,900, while the M850i xDrive convertible starts at $121,400. Both come with a 523-horsepower twin-turbo V8, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive.

Standard features in the 8 Series include wireless device charging and the iDrive infotainment system with a 10.25-inch touch screen, touchpad controller, navigation, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and Apple CarPlay. Convertible models come with a power-folding soft top.

Standard driver assistance features include a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, automatic parallel parking, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and BMW's Active Protection System.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local BMW dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our BMW deals page.

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The Final Call

The all-new 2019 BMW 8 Series announces its presence with authority. It delivers power and performance in a sleek package, and there's plenty of technology for buyers who want a luxury-laden experience. Its performance, while strong, isn't as sharp as what you'll find in some class rivals. Additionally, you'll certainly pay for the privilege of owning this car, so it may not be the right choice for everyone. If you're not worried about the cost, though, this BMW may be just the car for you.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "With the thin competition in this rarified segment rounding out the spectrum of sportiness versus luxury, the M850i finally revives BMW's tradition of adhering to its goals of building so-called ultimate driving machines. It may not be a race car wrapped in road car clothes, but the 8 Series edges a lot closer to satisfying both drivers and boulevard cruisers." -- Autoblog
  • "Even though it took almost two decades, the 2019 BMW 8 Series has broken free of its one-hit-wonder status. This sophomore entry distinguishes itself with attractive style and exciting performance. ... It pays just enough homage to the original 8 Series while forging an identity all its own." -- Edmunds
  • "Though large and luxurious, the new 2019 BMW 8 Series coupe reflects a return of the brand's core values that put the driver, not passengers or cargo capacity, at the forefront. The driver-centric focus comes not only because the rear seats are virtually unusable for all but the smallest of kids, but because a racecar version of the coupe, the M8 GTE, was released before the road car for the first time in BMW history." -- Kelley Blue Book
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