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2016 BMW 4-Series Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 BMW 4-Series was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.0

The 2016 BMW 4 Series has a smart interior design and features high-quality materials throughout the cabin, according to automotive writers. They say the front seats offer sufficient room, but some think that the rear seats are cramped and lack headroom. Critics appreciate the easily reachable controls and the responsive infotainment system. They add that the Gran Coupe's hatchback design provides abundant cargo space and makes loading items simple.

  • "While the outside of the 2016 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is somewhat unconventional, the cabin design is virtually indistinguishable from the 3 Series. From its classic analog gauges and center stack controls angled toward the driver, to the long list of design, comfort and convenience options, there's not much here that will surprise long-time BMW fans. The look is luxury and the quality of the materials is also first-rate." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, the 4-Series' dashboard is largely identical to that of the 3-Series sedan. That means there's simple, straightforward instrumentation, driver-focused controls and premium materials." -- Left Lane News
  • "The interior is richer than the previous model's, with excellent fit and finish." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)
  • "The interior remains functional and good-looking, yet the 4's layout is a near mirror image of the sedan's." -- Motor Trend (2014)

Seating

The 2016 4-Series seats four in convertible and coupe models and five in Gran Coupe models. Leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are standard. Leather upholstery, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel are available.

Test drivers find that the front seats offer ample room, but opinions differ about the rear seats. Some say that the sloping roofline cuts into rear-seat headroom for all but the shortest passengers, but others think that two adults can ride comfortably for shorter drives, especially in Gran Coupe models.

  • "Despite its attractive styling, the 4-Series boasts a reasonably spacious backseat that can hold two adults for around-town journeys." -- Left Lane News
  • "Unfortunately, that sloping rear roof line results in a lack of rear headroom even for normal-sized adults." -- Edmunds
  • "The 4-passenger cabin of the 4 Series coupe and convertible is comfortable for those in front, but just adequate for rear passengers." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "The 4 Series Gran Coupe is pure 3 Series inside, albeit with a one-inch lower seating position for both rows of seats. This makes the lower roofline less impactful on rear-seat headroom than you'd expect; indeed, this model's longer roofline allows adults to ride back there more comfortably than in the regular 4 Series (non-Gran) coupe." -- Autoblog (2015)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 4-Series include push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power moonroof, Bluetooth, a nine-speaker audio system, HD Radio, a USB port, adaptive cruise control and the iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display screen.

Available features include a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio, a head-up display, a rearview camera, a 360-degree camera, front and rear parking sensors, parallel park assist, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, collision mitigation, blind spot monitoring and an upgraded infotainment system with an 8.8-inch screen, a touchpad controller and navigation.

The audio and climate controls are easily reachable, according to reviewers. Most find the larger 8.8-inch screen preferable over the smaller base screen. Critics agree that the infotainment controls are fairly easy to use, but some note that rival systems offer more streamlined interfaces.

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  • The standard 6.5-inch display screen is fine, but we think most buyers would be happier with the Technology package's larger 8.8-inch screen and touchpad atop the iDrive controller that lets you hand write inputs using your finger. Apart from those elements, though, BMW's iDrive functionality is the same. Both systems feature crisp graphics and quick processing times, but it typically requires a few more clicks and twirls to get what you want compared to rival systems." -- Edmunds
  • "Mounted front and center is a 6.5-inch infotainment screen that displays sound system, climate control and (when equipped) navigation system info. It's controlled by BMW's much-improved iDrive interface, although redundant buttons and voice commands give users alternate means of accessing the electronics." -- Left Lane News
  • "Controls are within easy reach, and the iDrive control system is getting simpler." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

Cargo

The 2016 4-Series has 13 cubic feet of trunk space in convertible models, 15.7 in coupe models and 17 in Gran Coupe models. With the rear seats folded down, the Gran Coupe offers 45.9 cubic feet of capacity. A split-folding rear seat is standard and a hands-free power trunk lid is available. Auto journalists praise the Gran Coupe's available space and note that its hatchback body style makes loading cargo a breeze.

  • "The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe's claim to fame is the design's blend of coupelike proportions and hatchback versatility. … Also, the Gran Coupe's hatchback makes it easier to load and carry bulkier items. With the 40/20/40-split rear seats folded down, the Gran Coupe can easily swallow 45.9 cubic feet of cargo through the wide-opening rear hatch." -- Edmunds
  • "[Y]ou can fold down the rear seats of the 4-Series Gran Coupe and put in two bicycles without removing the front wheels." -- AutoWeek (2015)
  • "The Gran Coupe's hatchback body makes for a wide and deep cargo area, and the rear seats now fold 40/20/40 style." -- Autoblog (2015)

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