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VIDEO: BMW 8 Series - the most exciting diesel coupe ever?

Published 17 June 2019

The BMW 8 Series has its flaws, but in the 840d we have one of the most plain fun diesel powered things ever made. 

Click play below to watch our video review.

Comments

Johnfrog    on 17 June 2019

Mark, that lovely engine noise (from a diesel?!) when you select Sport Mode is probably "digitally enhanced" i.e. it's coming from the speaker system.

You criticise "lots of buttons" and they should "concentrate on making a "really nice touchscreen". Personally I think touchscreens should be banned as they require the driver to look away from the road far longer than if you have a dedicated button. For example, BMW have a button for the driver's heated seat which takes a fraction of second to locate visually. Jaguar, by contrast, require you to navigate several menus and then you have to move a slider........by which time you have hit the car in front.

John of Gloster    on 17 June 2019

Nice means of getting about but UNCLEAN..... Harmful even.

Despite refinement overkill, suffering from Compression Ignition Oil Burning issues they all do.

Consider this.

After lurking in the shadows for the best part of two decades when the then UK Gov who became brainwashed in diesel oil, then brainwashed some of the rest of us into Diesel Good Petrol Bad Emissions mullarkey. Stand by for the same absolute shower to perform that so beloved of the UK-Media-Bots U-Turn. Yes, them and the media which now infest our lives to see diesel users as the Money Tree saviours. By loading the tax on Diesel "Heavy Oil" Fuel proportionately to correspond for its primary single attraction within the harmful others. That being more environment damaging miles for your Buck/Gallon of the stuff your UK Pounds will buy.

In other noos.... User friendly Buttons..... safer.

Even my humble MG produced post Bavarian asset stripping has a button to activate Bum Warmer seats immediately and easily located without taking eyes of road ahead.. Such is progress.

Edited by John of Gloster on 17/06/2019 at 17:54

VINCENT MILLARD    on 18 June 2019

Nice means of getting about but UNCLEAN..... Harmful even.

Despite refinement overkill, suffering from Compression Ignition Oil Burning issues they all do.

Consider this.

After lurking in the shadows for the best part of two decades when the then UK Gov who became brainwashed in diesel oil, then brainwashed some of the rest of us into Diesel Good Petrol Bad Emissions mullarkey. Stand by for the same absolute shower to perform that so beloved of the UK-Media-Bots U-Turn. Yes, them and the media which now infest our lives to see diesel users as the Money Tree saviours. By loading the tax on Diesel "Heavy Oil" Fuel proportionately to correspond for its primary single attraction within the harmful others. That being more environment damaging miles for your Buck/Gallon of the stuff your UK Pounds will buy.

In other noos.... User friendly Buttons..... safer.

Even my humble MG produced post Bavarian asset stripping has a button to activate Bum Warmer seats immediately and easily located without taking eyes of road ahead.. Such is progress.

I agree with most of these comments, I too have an MG, a 6 Dti, but like this 4Lt BMW it has to pass Euro Cap 6 and does. It is easier for the 4Lt to pass as it's much bigger and more powerful therefore more efficient and the exhaust needs less cleaning! As for the touch screen, it doesn't need to have the seat heater controls on it, I turn my Seat heaters on with the push button before I set off, surley that's when you need them.

Edited by VINCENT MILLARD on 18/06/2019 at 08:03

Johnfrog    on 18 June 2019

Vincent in both our cars we need to turn down the heat setting while we are driving as our tender behinds get too hot....In a Jaguar we would need to fiddle with the touchscreen to do so. My argument is that anything you need to operate while driving should be on buttons or switches.

Johnfrog    on 17 June 2019

It's high time the TRRL did some decent research on touchscreen safety issues.....it's clear that car manufacturers can't be trusted to design these things safely.

marcus gault    on 18 June 2019

100% with that sentiment!

MarkNichol    on 17 June 2019

Thanks for your opinions, lads. :-D

soldierboy 001    on 18 June 2019

Are you actually driving Mark or do you use a green screen

MarkNichol    on 18 June 2019

The entire thing is green screen. I took inspiration from Eastenders... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjhBf4vlTw0

marcus gault    on 18 June 2019

That is why Active Cruise Control and lane departure warning systems are provided!

NickNike    on 4 July 2019

There is nothing exciting about diesel

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