BMW M8 review

Category: Convertible

Section: Passenger & boot space

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Passenger & boot space

How it copes with people and clutter

While the interior is styled to envelop you, there’s plenty of head, leg and shoulder room in the front, along with lots of useful storage points. However, in the coupé and convertible, the rear is much more cramped; adult passengers and even some teenagers will find their knees jammed against the seatbacks and their head touching the roof. For more usable rear seats, buy a Mercedes S-Class Coupé or S-Class Cabriolet.

You can forget about getting most types of child seat in the back, too; tilt the front seat forward and it gives you only a small gap for rear-seat access – much smaller than is provided in the S-Class. And unlike the 911, the M8 doesn’t compensate by providing Isofix mounting points on the front passenger seat so you can carry a child seat there instead. 

If you want a practical M8, the Gran Coupé is the best option. Its passenger compartment is far longer and provides ample leg room for a six footer to sit behind another comfortably, and there’s a decent supply of head room for them, too. We should point out that there’s not a great deal of room under the front seats for rear seat passengers to put their feet, though, and that the small, high windows make it feel more claustrophobic than it is. If rear seat space is really important, an Audi RS7 or Porsche Panamera would be a better bet.

The boot is relatively long, even in the M8 Convertible, but with quite a narrow opening and a big lip at its entrance. A set of golf clubs or a few carry-on suitcases might just fit, but you’ll struggle to accommodate anything bulkier. The good news is that all M8s have rear seats that can be folded down for extra load space if required. That’s a rarity in this type of car; with the Aston Martin DB11 and, to a lesser extent the S-Class, you’re stuck with a relatively small, non-expandable boot.

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