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2020 BMW Z4 Interior Review


Interior: 7.8

 The 2020 BMW Z4 is a two-seat convertible. The interior is cleanly styled and generously equipped with tech features, including BMW's user-friendly iDrive infotainment system. There’s a surprising amount of seating space and cargo room for a vehicle this small.

  • "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 (2019)
  • "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 (2019)
  • "The interior is well finished and features BMW's latest-generation switchgear, but it's otherwise short on distractions." -- Car and Driver (2019)


The BMW Z4's two seats are well-padded and supportive, and there’s sufficient headroom and legroom, even for tall occupants to fit comfortably. The standard power-folding soft top can open or close in about 10 seconds. A wind deflector helps keep the cabin relatively quiet when the top is down.

Synthetic leather upholstery and 14-way power-adjustable seats are standard. Available upgrades include genuine leather upholstery, heated front seats, additional lumbar adjustments, 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 (2019)
  • "Taller drivers have sufficient headroom with the top in place and are well protected from buffeting with it lowered." -- Car and Driver (2019)
  • "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 (2019)

Interior Features

The BMW Z4’s standard iDrive infotainment system comes with a 10.2-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, navigation, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and HD Radio. A digital gauge cluster, remote keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, and automatic climate control are also standard. Available features include proximity keyless entry, remote start, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless device charging, satellite radio, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.

The touch screen can be difficult to see in direct sunlight, but it otherwise works well. The on-screen menus are straightforward, the graphics are crisp, and the system responds promptly to touch inputs. In addition to tapping and swiping on the screen, you can control the iDrive system in a number of ways. There’s a knob and a touchpad on the center console, buttons on the dashboard, and a user-friendly voice recognition system.

The Z4 comes standard with a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection. Available driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, adaptive pivoting headlights, automatic high beams, a head-up display, hands-free parallel park assist, and parking sensors.

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  • "… there are some problems. One, with the top down on a sunny day, I couldn’t see anything on the infotainment screen. There’s a light matte finish on it, probably to help eliminate that, but at 5 p.m. leaving work at this time of year, it may as well be blank." -- Autoweek
  • "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 (2019)
  • "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 (2019)


The Z4 has 9.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for a luxury sports car but good for a convertible. The trunk is big enough for a few duffle bags or carry-on suitcases, but larger pieces of luggage might not fit. Unlike some convertibles, the Z4’s soft top doesn’t reduce cargo space when folded, so 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 (2019)
  • "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 (2019)
  • "The trunk even has space for all of your stuff (9.9 cu. ft. to be precise)." -- Automobile Magazine (2019) 
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