2013 BMW Z4 Interior

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2013 BMW Z4 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 BMW Z4 was new.


Interior: 7.8

Most critics agree that the 2013 Z4’s cabin is crafted with high-quality materials and has a good design, which give it a premium feel. One reviewer notes that the cabin is somewhat noisy, even with the top and windows up. Option packages upgrade the trim throughout the Z4’s cabin with woven metal, anthracite wood or carbon fiber material. Overall, reviewers say that the Z4’s cabin is a bit more spacious than other competing roadsters.

  • "The Z4's classy interior uses premium materials and features fine craftsmanship." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The 2013 BMW Z4's cabin is sleek and upscale. High-quality materials abound and combine with diverse shapes to create an undeniably premium environment." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2012)


Critics say the Z4’s cabin isn’t especially spacious, but most report that its two seats offer more space than some rivals. One reviewer also mentions that top-up outward visibility is better than that of other roadsters. The Z4 comes standard with power seats covered in leatherette upholstery. Sport seats covered in leather upholstery, heated seats and a heated steering wheel are optional.

  • "The cabin is cozy, as you would expect from a 2-seat sports car. Yet it has sufficient room for even lanky adults." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Legroom is plentiful, which is something you don't hear often about small convertibles. Visibility is also unmatched thanks to large rear quarter windows that eliminate the typical blind spots in most convertibles." -- Edmunds
  • "Driver and passenger are treated better in the Z4's cockpit, which feels more open and accessible." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

Reviewers are generally pleased with the Z4’s interior features, which include Bluetooth and a CD stereo with a USB port, HD Radio and satellite radio. Features like an upgraded stereo and navigation are available in option packages. One reviewer likes the Z4’s gauges, saying they’re easy to read, though the audio system screen can be hard to view under bright sun. Another says that the base model is well-equipped, and cautions that adding too many option packages can raise the price tag rather quickly.

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  • "The gauges are typical BMW: easy to read and very driver-oriented. The rest of the controls are a mixed bag, with the climate setup being fairly straightforward. The standard audio deck is OK from a button-layout standpoint, but its screen washes out to the point of being illegible when viewed in direct sunlight and/or with polarized sunglasses." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Its features list is extensive -- slightly offsetting its eye-watering price -- while its power-retractable hardtop roof provides the cabin with an extra measure of serenity and security." -- Edmunds
  • "Even a base Z4, dubbed the sDrive28i, comes well-equipped….Keep in mind that option packages can easily add several thousand dollars to the Z4's price tag – choosing metallic paint alone adds over $500." -- Kelley Blue Book


For a two-seat roadster with a folding hardtop, reviewers are fairly impressed with the Z4's 8 cubic feet of cargo space available with the roof up. As is typical for cars with retractable hardtops, however, reviewers note that luggage space is reduced once the top is lowered. Still, reviewers note that the loss of cargo space isn’t as significant as with other rivals. One reviewer says that a suitcase will fit in the trunk with the roof lowered. Reviewers don’t say much about cabin storage, but one critic mentions that there is space behind the seats for a small bag.

  • "Storage space behind the seats is a convenient spot for a purse or small bag. With a pass-through slot from the trunk compartment, you can bring your big club to the driving range." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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. You'll have to ditch those clubs when you lower the two-piece hardtop, but the suitcase can remain, which is more than you can say for some other hardtop convertibles." -- Edmunds
  • "The trunk is surprisingly spacious for a 2-seat sports car, and it shrinks only slightly with the top down." -- Consumer Guide

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