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2020 BMW 8-Series Interior Review


Interior: 7.2

The 2020 BMW 8 Series boasts a handsome and well-constructed interior with a quality finish. A four-door Gran Coupe sedan body style is new for 2020. It features a comfortable, roomy back seat and lots of trunk space. The two-door coupe and convertible body styles have cramped, hard-to-reach back seats. All models come with a well-equipped infotainment system and stunning displays.

  • "The 8 Series Gran Coupe coddles you like a big luxury car should. Every single surface is covered in exquisite leather, and the real metal accents are as pleasing to they (sic) eye as they are to the touch. All of the 8 Series' controls have great tactility to their action -- nothing feels cheap or flimsy." -- CNET
  • "Its luxury credentials are also not in doubt given richly appointed details like the standard Nappa leather-topped dashboard and upper door panels." -- Autoblog
  • "From the driver's seat the Gran Coupe's cabin architecture is effectively identical to that of the 8-series coupe and convertible, with high-quality materials and a large central touchscreen." -- Car and Driver


The 8 Series seats five people in the four-door Gran Coupe body style. Convertible and coupe editions have two doors and no rear middle seat, limiting your total capacity to four people.

If you plan to carry passengers in the back seat on long trips or need adult-friendly accommodations back there, skip the two-door models. They have cramped rear seats that take some contorting to access. On the other end of the spectrum, the Gran Coupe has lots of space to stretch out and comes with wide-opening doors for easier entry and exit. Still, those taller than 6 feet may be brushing against the roof.

Standard features include leather upholstery, heated front sport seats, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, a Nappa leather-trimmed instrument panel, and a power rear sunshade. Upgrades include ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and rear side-window sunshades.

For installing child safety seats, there are two full sets of rear-seat LATCH connectors.

  • "From the front seat forward, the 8 Series Gran Coupe is almost identical to the coupe. The optional M Sport seats have plenty of lateral support to keep you firmly in place when cornering, yet they are well cushioned and shaped for long-distance comfort. From the driver's seat, all the controls are logically grouped and placed right within easy reach." -- Edmunds
  • "From the driver's seat the Gran Coupe's cabin architecture is effectively identical to that of the 8-series coupe and convertible. … But the extra length adds the ability for four occupants to share the experience in genuine comfort, not something the cramped rear seats of the two-door models offer for any but the shortest trips. Rear space is good enough to allow average sized adults to sit behind each other, although the heads of taller occupants may brush the headliner." -- Car and Driver
  • "As for the rear-seating situation, there's not a lot of space for full-size adults, though kids should be able to manage back there while being shuttled to and from their after-school activities." -- Autoblog (2019)

Interior Features

The cockpit of the 8 Series features two stunning displays: a 12.3-inch screen for the driver, and a 10.25-inch touch screen on the center stack. It doesn't take much to understand the menus and accompanying buttons. Wireless Apple CarPlay comes standard, and while many other brands do not charge for this service, there's a fee with BMW to continue this subscription after the first year. Android Auto is not currently available in the 8 Series.

Standard tech features include the aforementioned 12.3-inch driver's display, the iDrive 7 interface with a 10.25-inch touch screen, wireless Apple CarPlay, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a navigation system.

Also standard is a panoramic moonroof, quad-zone automatic climate control, remote engine start, proximity keyless entry, and soft-close doors. A 16-speaker Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system is optional.

The BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe comes standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, daytime pedestrian detection, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rearview camera, adaptive headlights, and a head-up display.

Optional driver assistance features in the 8 Series include stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, side collision avoidance, parking sensors, a surround-view parking camera system, a drive recorder, night vision with pedestrian detection, driver fatigue and focus monitoring, automatic post-collision braking, and automatic high-beam headlights.

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  • "From the driver's seat, all the controls are logically grouped and placed right within easy reach. Likewise, the latest iteration of BMW's iDrive infotainment system benefits from quick responses and easy-to-use menus." -- Edmunds
  • "The system is managed by an iDrive controller that plays well with its new haptic controls. Though there's a mild learning curve when it comes to finding functions and maneuvering through menus, the system is easy to master after some acclimatization." -- Autoblog (2019)
  • "I have to say that BMW really hit it out of the park with this display. … It is by far the clearest, easiest to read screen I have seen in a production automobile to date. To top it off, it also is the most responsive touch screen if (sic) have ever used as well." -- Jalopnik (2019)


The Gran Coupe has 15.5 cubic feet of trunk space. For added convenience, this model comes standard with a split-folding rear seat and a hands-free power trunk lid.

The two-door coupe has 14.8-cubic-feet of trunk space, and the convertible has 12.4 cubes. These body styles come standard with a power trunk lid, and a hands-free trunk lid is optional.

  • "Unlike its Audi A7 foil, the BMW doesn't have a really sweet, practical hatch. But it does have a solid 16 cubic feet of cargo capacity in the trunk, and a 40/20/40 split fold down rear seat further opens things if you need to haul even more gear." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Speaking of cargo, the Gran Coupe's 15.5-cubic-foot trunk capacity is slightly better than average compared to rivals. It's a very usable space that can readily swallow large suitcases, and the rear seats fold to allow bigger items." -- Edmunds
  • "At least the rear seats have a 50/50 split that enables the 14.8-cubic-foot trunk to open up to the cabin." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
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