The interior layout, fit and finish
While the Z4’s driving experience might not be compelling, its interior is. Like BMWs of the 1980s and 1990s, the whole dashboard is angled towards you, creating a driver-focused environment that's backed up by a purposeful, low-slung seating position. The driver's seat is reasonably supportive, while lumbar adjustment and full electric seat operation are standard on the M40i, and optional on the sDrive20i and 30i.
Everything is within easy reach and all of the controls are clearly structured and labelled. It is also impeccably finished, from the stitching on the standard leather seats to the sections of chrome and piano black trims; everything is beautifully incorporated and cohesive. It's nigh-on as robust to the touch as the Audi TT and looks plusher than a Porsche Boxster inside.
And the good news continues when it comes to the infotainment system. BMW’s iDrive system is without a doubt the best on the market. It’s responsive, intuitive to use and easy to operate on the move thanks to the rotary controller on the centre console. It’s far less distracting than prodding the Boxster's touchscreen while you’re bowling along the motorway. You can still use the Z4's 10.3in screen as a touchscreen if you want, but you have the choice. All versions come with sat-nav, Bluetooth, DAB radio and Apple CarPlay (Android Auto isn't available).
It's quite tricky to see the end of the long bonnet or what's behind you with the roof up. That's no great problem, though, because all models come with front and rear parking sensors, and there’s the option of a rear-view camera. The road ahead is lit brilliantly at night by bright LED headlights, which you can upgrade to adaptive LED headlights for an added fee.
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