Get the midlevel SE trim. The SE has a sport-tuned suspension for better handling. Don’t concern yourself with a stiff ride, though the SE continues to be relatively comfortable on the road. The SE can be a great bargain considering all of the safety and tech equipment you obtain for the money. Finally, the SE is available with a wide range of options, to help you pick and choose those are right for your budget.
Crossover SUVs might be all the rage, but there is still something to be said for the tried-and-true midsize sedan. Exhibit A: the First Drive Bmw I8 Photo. Coming off a redesign just this past year, the First Drive Bmw I8 Photo is a spacious, fuel-efficient sedan with a lot of standard safety equipment and a lot of options to choose from.
As has been the case for a while, you can get the First Drive Bmw I8 Photo with a four-cylinder engine or even a stronger V6, or you can get the miserly First Drive Bmw I8 Photo Hybrid. On the highway, the First Drive Bmw I8 Photo is comfortable and compliant. First Drive Bmw I8 Photo also offers two sporty versions that infuse the First Drive Bmw I8 Photo with a bit of extra personality. Inside, the First Drive Bmw I8 Photo supplies a simple yet feature-packed cabin, particularly if you choose one of many upper trim levels. There are many of options to pick from over the way.
The First Drive Bmw I8 Photo can be as competent as they come. It’s well-priced overall, and modern feature content makes it supremely simple to drive. If you’re searching for something with a bit more class and space when compared to a small sedan, the First Drive Bmw I8 Photo might just be the sedan for you.
The First Drive Bmw I8 Photo is the beds base trim. It comes with a relatively light load of features that features 16-inch steel wheels, automatic LED headlights, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a rearview camera, keyless entry, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, navigation (GPS Scout Link), Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa connectivity, one USB port, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a six-speaker sound system.
Standard on every First Drive Bmw I8 Photo Safety Sense, which is a suite of driver assistance features including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure alert with steering assistance, and automatic high beams.
On the following rung up the ladder is the LE.It adds a power-adjustable driver’s seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, a 60/40-split folding back seat and a car alarm. For a sporty dynamic, look at the SE.It adds a sport-tuned suspension, revised steering calibration, 18-inch wheels, simulated-leather upholstery (SofTex) seats and paddle shifters.
You can consider the XLE and the XSE trim levels as versions of the LE and the SE, respectively, with many different additional comfort and convenience items. Highlights include larger wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a head-up display, blind-spot monitoring, keyless ignition, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, extra USB ports, a larger 8-inch touchscreen, and wireless smartphone charging.
Lots of the features on the upper trim levels could be put into the reduced trim levels as options. Other notable options include a sunroof, a JBL speakers combined with an integral navigation system, a head-up display, and a top-down parking camera system.
As sedans go, the First Drive Bmw I8 Photo stuff-hauling credentials are pretty solid. The cargo area is large and opens wide, plus the trunk seat is simple to fold down to suit longer items. You will find enough cabin storage options to make many people happy. Loading a vehicle seat is straightforward, too.
Cabin storage is good although not stellar. The forward center console bin is ideal for concealing items but includes a hard, slippery floor, so they slide around noisily. The console bin at your elbow is really a decent size, and you will find modest door pockets in the front and rear that are great for small water bottles only.
The First Drive Bmw I8 Photo has a large trunk, and the 60/40-split folding back seat with trunk-mounted release handles make it simple to expand the space. Loading groceries or luggage is helped out by the wide opening and a low liftover height.
Child safety seat accommodation
It’s quite simple to mount an automobile seat, with obvious and easily accessible lower anchors and package tray-mounted tether point, both under plastic covers. There’s room enough so your front seat will not need to be scooted all the way forward.