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2012 BMW Z4 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 BMW Z4 was new.


Interior: 7.9

Critics report that the 2012 BMW Z4 has a cabin filled with high-quality materials and clear, straightforward controls. However, a few reviewers complain that road noise is an unwelcome companion on the highway.

  • "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 standard on sDrive35i. The optional wood trim adds to the swanky vibe." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Despite its upsized footprint (relative to the Z3 or first Z4), this remains a smallish roadster with a very ‘personal’ passenger compartment. To that end, don't expect day-to-day practicality." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "Noise, however, can be a problem in the Z4. With the hardtop over your head and the windows up, there's a fair amount of road noise in the cabin at highway speeds - so much, in fact, that you may have to raise your voice when talking to the person sitting next to you." -- Cars.com 


Most auto writers say that the 2012 BMW Z4's cabin is cozy, yet still offers enough space to accommodate passengers of all sizes. Still, one reviewer notes that he could’ve used more space, and like many sports cars, the Z4’s low-slung design means that entry and exit can be difficult.

  • "The cozy cabin has enough headroom and legroom for adults, and the standard manual tilt and telescopic steering wheel helps driver positioning." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The Z4 is also arguably the most practical two-passenger sports car on the market. Legroom is plentiful, which is something you don't hear often about small convertibles." -- Edmunds 
  • "The two-seat cabin remains quite cozy, and that might be a problem for especially tall drivers. I'm 6-foot-1 and had to move the seat nearly all the way back to get comfortable, and I would have reclined the seat a little more had it not been for the rear bulkhead behind me." -- Cars.com
  • "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

Interior Features

The 2012 BMW Z4 has 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. Still, one reviewer notes that the Z4’s stereo system takes some time to master.

  • "The gauges are well placed and easy to read. The climate controls are easy to use. The audio system takes some study to master, and its display is virtually illegible when viewed through polarized sunglasses." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "An ergonomic 3-spoke wheel greets the driver, while ventilation and audio controls - and BMW's now-iconic iDrive - are easily accessible by the passenger." -- Kelley Blue Book 


The 2012 BMW Z4 isn't designed to lug big items. Still, reviewers say that its useful on-board storage compartments and 8 cubic feet of trunk space (top up) make it capable for a two-seat roadster. Like many hardtop convertibles, however, trunk space decreases when you put the top down. If you're in the market for a luxury sports car and need more cargo room, check out the Chevrolet Corvette coupe, which has 22.4 cubic feet of space.

  • "The trunk is fairly roomy for a 2-seat sports car, and it shrinks only slightly with the top down." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "With the hardtop roof raised, the trunk is quite large, measuring 8 cubic feet and capable of holding two sets of golf clubs and a carry-on suitcase." -- Edmunds 
  • "If you plan on traveling with the top down, bring soft luggage; the partition saves enough room for a few overnight bags below the lowered roof. That's especially valuable, as storage space in the cabin is practically nonexistent." -- Cars.com
  • "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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