BMW 8 Series review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
BMW 8 Series running costs are par for the course, but high enough to make most drivers wince
Tiresome though the news may be, if you’re forced to factor running costs into your new car purchase, it’s highly unlikely the M850i is the right model for you. BMW says it will cover up to 26.4mpg on the (WLTP test) combined cycle, but if you’re even slightly tempted by its phenomenal performance, the true MPG figure will drop like a stone. Driven briskly, we certainly wouldn’t be surprised by MPG in the teens – high or low.
Equally the 247g/km of CO2 emitted under test conditions is unlikely to match real world use, but at least that won’t cost anything more from a financial perspective. The car is in the maximum Benefit-in-Kind bracket, too, so you’ll be whacked by the tax man if you run an M850i on the company, although it’s a similar story for any high-performance company car – unless it’s a hybrid or electric vehicle.
The BiK rate is the same for the diesel 840d, but 171-179g/km of CO2 (depending on wheels and bodystyle) is an improvement. The potential mixed driving economy of up to 44.1mpg (in the Coupe) will be less hard on your pocket, too. The extra economy pays dividends with range – you’ll be spared filling up so often on trans-continental jaunts as the range is a realistic 500 miles. In all cases, the Coupe models are most efficient and the heavier Gran Coupe is the least.
The Association of British Insurers has assessed both the new 8 Series models as insurance group 50, which means sky-high premiums for anyone not on a multi-car company-type policy, or on very good terms with their broker. It’s no surprise though, as all high performance and luxury cars are expensive to cover.
Initial residual values for the 8 Series were strong, although this has waned slightly over time, with expert data suggesting an average value of around 47% will be retained over 3 years and 36,000 miles. Buyers should be wary of ticking the expensive Ultimate Pack option. It costs around £19,000 and, although it brings many extra features, it does nothing for long-term values.
In this review
- 1VerdictMuscle car performance and proportions give BMW’s 8 Series old-school appeal, but it’s packed with the latest technology
- 2Engines, performance and driveA luxurious cruiser that never lets you forget its weight, but is impressively rapid in M guise
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingBMW 8 Series running costs are par for the course, but high enough to make most drivers wince
- 4Interior, design and technologyIt looks brutish and aggressive on the outside, but the design wraps a technological tour-de-force
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe 8 Series has a large boot, but if you prioritise practicality then you'll need the four-door Gran Coupe model
- 6Reliability and SafetyThere’s no shortage of safety technology, but our surveys show BMW satisfaction ratings are down