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2016 BMW Z4 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 BMW Z4 was new.


Interior: 7.9

Reviewers agree the 2016 BMW Z4 has a stylish interior made with mostly top-notch materials, but they disagree over the quality of the standard leatherette upholstery. Some think it's upscale enough for a luxury brand, while others insist on going for the available leather. Seating and cargo space is above average for a two-seat sports car.

  • "All materials feel upscale inside, and even the Leatherette on the seats feels convincing; leather is available, of course." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Inside the 2016 BMW Z4 you'll find a classy interior done up in high-quality materials, though the standard 'SensaTec' vinyl upholstery strikes a discordant note in such a luxury model. If it were us, we'd definitely opt for the sun-reflective 'Kansas' leather." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior is clean and driver-focused, with a simple two-gauge instrument panel and high-quality wood and chrome trim." -- Left Lane News
  • "The Z4's classy interior uses premium materials and features fine craftsmanship." -- Consumer Guide (2013)


The BMW Z4 seats two and comes standard with leatherette upholstery and 10-way power-adjustable seats. Leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, and heated seats are available.

The Z4's seats are unusually spacious for a two-seat roadster. Legroom is ample even for taller occupants, and for 2016, the Z4 has standard sport seats with adjustable side bolstering, which is ideal for keeping you in place during spirited driving on winding roads. Visibility with the top up is excellent for a convertible.

  • "Speaking of practicality, the Z4's passenger compartment has an edge on many other two-seat cars by virtue of above-average legroom that gives taller drivers and passengers a chance to stretch out. Another advantage includes the rear quarter windows that go a long way toward eliminating the blind spots commonly found in traditional soft-top convertibles." -- Edmunds
  • "Two-seat roadsters conjure an image of a too-tight cockpit, but get into a new BMW Z4 and you'll be surprised by how much room there is. There's good legroom, even for tall drivers, and enough room for elbows and shoulders as well; top up, there's no lack of headroom." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Unless you plan to avoid corners at all costs, you'll want the M seats' exemplary adjustable side bolsters." -- AutoTrader (2015)

Interior Features

The 2016 BMW Z4 comes standard with Bluetooth, a USB port, rain-sensing windshield wipers, adaptive headlights, HD Radio, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Optional features include smartphone app integration, navigation, satellite radio, an upgraded surround-sound audio system, and front and rear parking sensors.

The Z4's instrument panel is clear, the controls are mostly user-friendly, and the app integration system is high-tech. The Z4 is equipped with a power-folding hardtop that works seamlessly.

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  • "The Technology Package should satisfy your thirst for technology with its iPhone application integration, Google Local Search function, and navigation with real-time traffic." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Moreover, its power-folding hardtop is an engineering marvel, and it adds a pleasing dose of security compared to soft-top rivals." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "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." -- Consumer Guide (2013)


The 2016 Z4 has 8 cubic feet of trunk space with the top up, which is above average for a sports car. The trunk doesn't lose much space with the top down, and a trunk pass-through provides access for longer items. An additional storage bin behind the seats is useful.

  • "Out back, the Z4 offers a decent-sized cargo hold that provides 8 cubic feet of stowage with the roof raised. With it lowered, the two roof panels take up a good bit of that space, but there's still more room here than you'll find on most other retractable-hardtop convertibles. An available trunk pass-through between the seats also makes it possible to transport longer items." -- Edmunds
  • "A handy storage compartment behind the seats is big enough for a purse or small bag, and a pass-through to the trunk allows larger items like a golf bag." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The trunk is surprisingly spacious for a 2-seat sports car, and it shrinks only slightly with the top down." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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