2017 BMW i8
Base price: $143,400.
As tested: $152,695.
Standard equipment: A mid-mounted 1.5- liter turbo engine coupled with six- speed automatic gearbox driving the rear wheels and front- mounted electric motor powering the front wheels through a two-speed automatic producing an
Options: An additional $8,300 worth of software, hardware, and hedonism including an industry first: laser headlights.
28 mpg city
and 29 highway.
Engine (and electric motor) performance: Wow!
Ride comfort: Very good.
Warranty: Four years/50,000 miles bumper to bumper (eight years/100,000 miles on hybrid battery).
The Ben key: Four Bens, excellent; three Bens, good; two Bens, fair; one Ben, poor.