BMW 8 Series review - Reliability and safety
There’s no shortage of safety technology, but our surveys show BMW satisfaction ratings are down
There’s no Euro NCAP independent crash test data for the BMW 8 Series, but as one of the German marque’s flagship models, it comes loaded with all the safety kit you can imagine. There aren’t many cars on the road that can boast a similar array of cameras and sensors intended to create a protective monitoring zone all around the car, and as you would expect there’s a full complement of passive and active safety technology, including intelligent active cruise control, lane-keeping assistance and emergency autonomous braking.
The head-up display should help to keep the driver focused, in spite of the potential distraction of the car’s impressive infotainment screens. The basic structural engineering of the 8 Series, with it’s extremely rigid Carbon Core platform, stands you in good stead too if the worst should happen.
The news on reliability and customer satisfaction may not be quite so positive, as our 2020 Driver Power Survey results placed BMW as a brand in 27th position out of 30 manufacturers - although this was one place ahead of Mercedes.
The standard BMW warranty applies to the 8 Series, which means you get three-years cover with unlimited mileage – the same offer as Mercedes. You can also extend the warranty a year at a time for extra cash, as long as you’ve kept up to date with servicing and inspection requirements. It’s not a brilliant warranty package compared to some, but it’s better than Audi which limits you to 60,000 miles.
The 8 Series has a service regime based on usage and constantly monitored oil quality, and while most can expect an annual service, some owners may find it stretches out to two years. Servicing costs won’t be as high as some exotic rivals, but the cost of wear items like brakes and tyres will be high.
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 CostsBMW 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 Safety - currently readingThere’s no shortage of safety technology, but our surveys show BMW satisfaction ratings are down