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Fleets of Fancy: BMW i8

Why should I want it?

It’s as close as you’ll get to a road-legal batmobile. Incredible aerodynamic looks combine with hybrid electric power for a 49g/km emissions figure. The i8 also offers supercar performance with a civilised grand-tourer sort of driving experience. Nothing on the road turns heads like it, moving or parked.

Why can’t I have it?

It’s more than £100,000, has rear seats children can just about squeeze into and the 154-litre boot is smaller than a Fiat 500’s. It’s also a little ‘showy’ for companies not wanting their executives to advertise their arrival. 

Arguments to use on the fleet manager

That sub-50g/km emissions figure means benefit-in-kind and National Insurance payments are more supermini than supercar, and most £100,000 cars are a little less environmentally friendly than the i8, which can manage up to 23 miles of EV-only running before the 231hp 1.5-litre petrol engine is required.

A More sensible alternative

Fleet of Fancy - More Sensible Alternative - BMW 6-series Coupe

The 6-Series Gran Coupe is a great-looking and practical grand tourer that’s roughly half the price of the i8 and is one of the most striking
cars BMW builds. It can be had with the 265hp 3.0-litre diesel engine that is good for 154g/km and an official 47.9mpg, yet still passes 62mph from a standstill in 6.0 seconds. 

 

Factfile

BMW i8
Economy:134.5mpg
Emissions:49g/km
Performance:4.4 seconds / 155mph
Power:362hp
Price:£106,310