Drivers of all shapes and sizes will be comfortable behind the wheel of a 4 Series. There is plenty of shoulder room across the cabin, and it feels roomier than its bespoke coupé rivals such as the Audi TT and Porsche Cayman. However, the centre console is a little cluttered when compared with, for example, that in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupé – and it’s worse when the BMW has a manual gearbox and manual handbrake.
There’s a decent amount of storage space though, with wide door pockets that are teardrop shaped to make them easier to drop things into. Extra cubbyholes can be found under the wide central armrest and there’s a pair of cupholders wide enough for a can of drink in front of the gearstick. The 4 Series also comes with a plastic insert that covers this space to doubles up as a coin tray for loose change. The glovebox is a reasonable size.
BMW 4 Series Coupe rear space
This is the area where most coupés fall short – but the rear seats in the 4 Series are far from being a token gesture towards practicality. Even six-foot tall passengers will be able to clamber in easily enough thanks to the wide doors and front seats that slide far forward and out of the way.
Once inside there is a surprising amount of leg room, but the sloping roof means your passengers will have to slouch to stop their heads from brushing the roof. There’s room for only two in the back – with the space in the middle given over to the armrest.
There isn’t much storage space in the back, with no cupholders or door pockets, but even so, the 4 Series is more practical than most rivals.
BMW 4 Series Coupe seating flexibility
As standard, the rear seats in the 4 Series split and fold 60:40. Once folded down the backrests sit at a slight angle rather than fully flat, and the parcel shelf is fixed so there is a restriction on the height of objects you can fit into the boot.
However, you can spend a bit extra for seats that fold 40:20:40, with a useful ski hatch through the middle for longer items.
The front seats return to their original position, so the driver won’t need to reset them every time someone climbs into or out of the back. The seats themselves are easy enough to fold, but can get caught on the rear seatbelts.
The 4 Series comes with a belt-extender so you don’t need to reach back over your shoulder to buckle up when setting off. However, it’s odd that lumbar support for either front seat is not standard on any version.
BMW 4 Series Coupe boot space
Among saloon-based competition, the 4 Series Coupe's 445-litre boot is on a par with similar rivals such as the Audi A5's, and 45 litres greater than in the Mercedes C-Class Coupé. It carries comfortably more luggage than bespoke coupés such as the Audi TT.
The boot's wide, square shape makes it relatively easy to load, but there is a deep lip so heavier luggage needs to be dropped (rather than slid) in. With the rear seats down there is even more room, and the rear passenger footwells double up as extra storage.
The 4 Series comes with the option of ‘Comfort Access’, a clever sensor that
opens the boot when your hands are full – all you need do is wave your foot
under the bumper.