You feel pleasantly cocooned once you’ve dropped into one of the Z4’s seats, yet it’s one of the most practical cars in its class, with decent leg and head room, and more shoulder room than most.
The Z4’s long doors are a mixed blessing – on the one hand there’s good access when they’re fully open. On the other, their length means that it can be tricky to open them fully in tight parking spaces, which can actually make it harder to get in.
Storage space is better than average up front, with a useful space under the central armrest and pop-out door bins that are handy, if not large enough for a big drinks bottle.
There’s a usefully sized glovebox and models without sat-nav have a lidded cubby at the top of the centre console.
BMW Z4 rear space
No seats, but some space for clutter
The space behind the Z4’s front seats isn’t totally wasted – there’s a shelf that’s big enough to accommodate a couple of soft bags or coats.
A through-loading feature that allows you to load longer items through a hole in the bulkhead, within a protective bag, is a low-priced option.
BMW Z4 seating flexibility
Not very versatile, as you’d expect of a two-seater
Like most two-seaters, the Z4’s seats don’t provide any real degree of versatility. The optional load-through hatch allows you to carry longer items, however. Adjusting the seat back angle is via a fiddly pull-a-lever-shift-your-weight system on versions without electric seat adjustment.
BMW Z4 boot space
Decent with the roof up; small when it’s down
When the Z4’s roof is up its boot is surprisingly useful for a roadster, with more load space than you get in a Porsche Boxster. There’s enough space for a couple of large bags, or even a set of golf clubs, width-ways. The load entrance is wide, too, but the boot is a rather awkward shape because of the various roof mechanism parts.
It’s a different story when you drop the roof, because it folds down to occupy the top half of the boot area, leaving only a very small hole beneath it to stuff things in. A couple of small soft bags is about all it’s good for.