2020 BMW i8 vs. 2021 Audi R8

2020 BMW i8 vs. 2021 Audi R8
2020 BMW i8


2021 Audi R8
All-wheel drive*


Rear-wheel drive


43.1 inches

Front Legroom

40.9 inches


70 MPGe

Estimated Fuel Economy

23 MPG (Highway)

2020 was the last model year for the BMW i8, but it’s still popular with Los Angeles drivers. It’s no wonder. It’s not easy to find a sports car of this caliber that is also a plug-in hybrid with unbelievable gas mileage. But can it still compete against the current competition, like the 2021 Audi R8? BMW engineers their cars for the long haul, so the 2020 i8 still dominates the field. To prove it, we’ve put together a detailed, side-by-side BMW i8 vs. Audi R8 comparison below. So, if you’re having your own internal i8 vs. R8 debate, keep reading.

BMW i8 vs. Audi R8 – Gas Mileage

When it comes to fuel efficiency, there really is no comparing the BMW i8 with the Audi R8. BMW provides a powerful I-3 hybrid engine for this sports car that will keep you from having to make frequent stops at the gas pump. Here are the gas mileage specs for each car:

BMW i8 vs. Audi R8 – EPA-Estimated Gas Mileage

  • 2020 BMW i8 – 70 MPGe
  • 2021 Audi R8 – 23 MPG (Highway)

i8 vs. R8 – Drivetrain

The BMW i8 comes standard with an all-wheel drive system that distributes the right amount of power to whichever axle needs it the most. That will afford you much more control on our Hollywood roads than the rear-wheel drive that comes standard in the Audi R8. BMW knows what it’s doing when it designs an automobile.

BMW i8 vs. Audi R8 – Drivetrain

  • 2020 BMW i8 – All-wheel drive
  • 2021 Audi R8 – Rear-wheel drive 

BMW i8 vs. Audi R8 – Passenger Room

Did you know that you can fit four passengers in the BMW i8? You can only squeeze two into the Audi R8. Not only that, but the i8 gives your passengers more room to stretch out. Here are the dimensions:

BMW i8 vs. Audi R8 – Passenger Space

  • 2020 BMW i8 – 4 passengers/43.1 inches front legroom
  • 2021 Audi R8 – 2 passengers/40.9 inches front legroom

Check Out the New BMW i8 at Pacific BMW of Glendale

Drop by Pacific BMW to find out how easy it can be to get your next vehicle. While you’re here, make sure to check out our new manager specials. Our dealership is conveniently located near Burbank. We’re here to help, so contact us today!


*The electric motor powers the front wheels. A gasoline motor powers the rear wheels. The i8 operates as an AWD vehicle as needed.

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