2011 BMW Z4 Interior

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2011 BMW Z4 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 BMW Z4 was new.


Interior: 8.5

Critics report that the 2011 BMW Z4's cabin is better than ever. Compared to the previous generation, it features higher-quality materials, more passenger room and enhanced convenience features. BMW has even revised its iDrive controls system to make it less confusing.

  • "The 2011 BMW Z4's cabin is sleek and upscale. High-quality materials abound and combine with diverse shapes to create an undeniably premium environment." -- Edmunds
  • "The Z4's classy interior uses premium materials and features fine craftsmanship. All Z4s made available for testing have had the leather upholstery that is optional on sDrive30i and standard on sDrive35i. The optional wood trim adds to the swanky vibe." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The new interior is more visually pleasing, and includes a slew of comfort and usability improvements." -- Left Lane News


On balance, auto writers find that the 2011 BMW Z4's cabin can accommodate passengers of all sizes -- which is quite impressive for a small, two-seat convertible.

  • "Interior comfort has been vastly improved, and headroom is up nearly two inches." -- Car and Driver
  • "Improvements in space and headroom, small as they are, turn this car into something usable for 6-foot-5 beanpoles like me. It's still a bit of a climb, and one has to lower the seat all the way to optimize headroom, but the car is now comfortable and convenient to drive, even for tall people." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "Seats are comfortable, with good upper body side support (adjustable), though the fit, overall, is rather snug, especially for a tall driver who likes some extra seatback recline." -- Road and Track
  • "The cozy cabin has enough headroom and legroom for adults, and the standard manual tilt and telescopic steering wheel helps driver positioning. The optional power front seats are all-day comfortable, even for larger folks." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The 2011 BMW Z4 features loads of standard and optional convenience features -- including BMW's iDrive media interface, which reviewers say is improved and easier to use than prior iterations. Don’t, however, expect iDrive to be altogether intuitively designed.

  • "The gauges are well placed and easy to read. Most switchgear is logical and easy to find." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Of course, it wouldn't be a new or refreshed BMW model without iDrive. Included with the optional navigation system, the latest-and much easier to use-version of the human-machine interface is paired with an 8.8-inch display that pops out of the top of the dash, just like the system in the current Z4." -- Car and Driver
  • "The iDrive vehicle interface has been vastly improved -- it's now arguably the best of its breed, with an intuitive menu structure and helpful physical buttons alongside the familiar circular controller." -- Edmunds
  • "Like the new 3 Series convertible, the Z4's leather features light-reflective technology to keep it from becoming scorching hot in bright sunlight." -- Cars.com


The 2011 BMW Z4 isn't designed to lug big items. Still, it features some useful on-board storage compartments and a tiny, yet useful, trunk that measures 12 cubic feet. If you're in the market for a luxury sports car with more useful cargo room, check out the Corvette coupe. Its trunk provides 22.4 cubic feet of space. The Porsche Boxster and Cayman also make good choices -- as each boasts a cargo hold in the front and rear.

  • "The trunk is fairly roomy for a two-seat sports car, but it shrinks a bit with the top down. BMW claims the optional through-loading system allows a single full-size golf bag to fit with the top down, or two can be stowed with the top up." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The large area needed to swallow the folded roof also creates an expansive trunk (with the roof raised) capable of holding two sets of golf clubs and a carry-on suitcase. Even when the top's lowered, though, there's a deep, reasonably useful space for a pair of carry-on suitcases as well as a moderately sized pass-through that effectively expands trunk space to accommodate long items like skis or golf clubs."--Edmunds
  • "In the trunk, a mid-gate separating the roof compartment can be folded down for more luggage. An optional winter package adds a pass through to the cabin, allowing room for up to two full size golf bags with the top up, BMW says." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The Z4 is anything but a utilitarian purchase. When the hardtop is securely stashed, luggage space is limited, even though BMW has thoughtfully provided several useful storage compartments in the passenger compartment along with a luggage pass-through option." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "Stashes abound: an electronic parking brake makes room for storage space in the center console, plus there's a real glove box and a small shelf behind the seats." -- Car and Driver

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