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2019 BMW Z4 Interior Review

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Interior: 7.8

The 2019 BMW Z4 may be a small roadster, but by no means does it feel cramped inside. Its two seats can fit a wide variety of body sizes, and the cabin is reasonably quiet with the soft top in place. There's a long list of standard infotainment features, with standard wireless Apple CarPlay and optional safety gear adding extra value. The trunk is of average size, and it doesn't have to share space with a folded top.

  • "Materials are finally up to snuff for a smaller, less-expensive BMW-the hard plastics are mostly held at bay-and the layout of the seating, controls, and touch points is perhaps the best I've ever experienced in a roadster; everything falls to hand the way it should." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The interior is just as good looking. From the driver's seat, the look is unmistakably BMW. You get the latest iDrive system and the fully digital dash that's also coming to the new 3 Series. This is a good thing, as BMW's really upped its interior game in the past couple years, though Mercedes is still the current leader in that department." -- Jalopnik
  • "The interior is well finished and features BMW's latest-generation switchgear, but it's otherwise short on distractions." -- Car and Driver

Seating

The Z4 is surprisingly roomy and airy for a small sports car, even with the top up. The seats are well-bolstered but not overly snug. The cabin is spacious enough that a six-footer won't feel cramped when the soft top is closed or left out in the wind when it is open.

BMW's SensaTec synthetic leather upholstery is standard, along with 14-way power adjustable M sport seats. Options include Vernasca leather seats, contrast stitching, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

  • "BMW did a good job with the Z4's driving position; it was easy to set the seat and the wheel right where I wanted it. That's not always an easy thing to do in a roadster with tighter cabin dimensions." -- Cars.com
  • "Taller drivers have sufficient headroom with the top in place and are well protected from buffeting with it lowered." -- Car and Driver
  • "Wind intrusion is minimal allowing for a chat with your passenger without having to shout into a hurricane. More importantly, the Z4 doesn't get claustrophobic when the top goes up. It feels like a real sports car and not a coffin on wheels, as some smaller convertibles can feel. Even with the roof in place, it's a pretty roomy and comfortable place to be." -- Jalopnik

Interior Features

BMW's iDrive interface keeps getting better. Though it isn't one of the top-rated infotainment systems around, iDrive 7.0 also presents no major grievances or distractions. Like much of the rest of the Z4's technology, iDrive is high-tech. It comes standard with Apple CarPlay, and though this requires a paid subscription beyond the first year, its wireless capability frees your cabin of iPhone cables.

Standard features in the Z4 include a 10.25-inch touch-screen infotainment display, a 12.3-inch digital driver's display behind the steering wheel, a navigation system, two USB ports, HD Radio, pre-wiring for satellite radio, 20 GB of multimedia storage, and a one-year subscription of wireless Apple CarPlay. Push-button start, a rearview camera, and rain-sensing windshield wipers are also included.

Tech upgrades include proximity keyless entry, wireless charging for enabled smartphones, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system. Optional safety features include active park assist, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, a head-up display, automatic high beams, adaptive LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, and front and rear parking sensors. The available Active Driving Assistant includes daytime pedestrian monitoring, frontal collision warning, city collision mitigation, and rear cross traffic alert.

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  • "Compared to the last-gen model, the iDrive infotainment screen is better integrated with the dashboard and is now operable by both a controller in the center console and the touchscreen. The new and gigantic 12.3-inch digital instrument panel looks sharp … There's an impressive amount of tech, too. Our car had wireless phone charging, a head-up display, and active cruise control." -- Motor Trend
  • "The bits of black and polished metal trim are high quality and feel great to the touch, and all vehicle controls are arranged neatly and logically. … BMW's iDrive 7 infotainment tech is along for the ride, too, with a 10.25-inch touchscreen sitting atop the dash, complemented by a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. I really like this updated system -- it's pleasing to the eye and easy to navigate, whether operated by touch or via the console-mounted knob." -- CNET
  • "Users have the option of using the touchscreen or the rotary dial between the two seats; both are fine choices, as iDrive has gotten much easier to use over the years. It is missing Android Auto, but Apple CarPlay is available as a subscription (the first year is free, then $80 per year after that). But even as an Android user, I was fine using the built-in system for most tasks. I mostly just missed Google Maps." -- Cars.com

Cargo

The 9.9-cubic-foot trunk of the Z4 is about average for a luxury sports car. This is enough space for you and your partner to bring several days' worth of clothes, and because the top doesn't infringe on trunk space, you don't have to rearrange your bags before putting the top down.

  • Not only is it lighter, but it also allows more cargo space-9.9 cubic feet regardless of whether the top is up or down." -- Motor Trend
  • My only issue is the trunk. You get only 9.9 cubic feet of trunk space with the top down or up. BMW claims that it's 50 percent more spacious than the last Z4, but even still, that's barely enough space to get more than a couple of soft-sided weekend bags in." -- Jalopnik
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