First drive: the BMW i8
BMW's future-proof hybrid sports car is finally here, and we've driven it. But what's it actually like?
Posted: 26 Apr 2014
OK so it's economical in everyday running. Is it useable?
Pretty much. The rear seats are strictly for kiddies, but the front is habitable and comfortable. There's a bit of a boot under the rear hatch, but you'd end up using the rear seats for bags on a weekend away for two. The doors are a bit of an issue: sure they add theatre, but what with the high sills it makes getting in and especially getting out into a bit of a ballet. I wouldn't like to do it in a skirt (even were I female). And they have no storage pockets, and there are no front cup-holders. Porsche wouldn't make those mistakes. But a Porsche is a well-engineered ordinary car: the i8 is from another planet, or another era, and that's it's appeal.