BMW interiors of late haven't been too inspirational, and unfortunately, the i4 borrows its interior styling from its more conventional gas-powered siblings instead of the more futuristic iX. It's not all doom and gloom as the space is still decidedly premium, and the fit and finish is excellent. The clean dashboard design flows nicely with the rest of the streamlined cabin, and we appreciate the contemporary look of the dual-screen driver cluster and infotainment display. Overall visibility is good, and the cabin feels airy and spacious. As standard, the i4 comes with multi-zone climate control, a power glass moonroof, and power-adjustable front seats.
There's space for five adults in the i4. Those in front have the benefit of comfy power-adjustable sport seats. Legroom is ample in the front, and taller passengers won't be left wanting for space. Interior space in the back is tighter, and the i4 can only muster 34.2 inches of legroom, but most average-sized adults should be comfortable over long trips. Getting in and out of the i4 should not pose a problem for most adults, but taller passengers can struggle in the rear with headroom due to the sloping roofline. There is also a large hump in the floor that restricts foot space for the center passenger. Once inside, the front power-adjustable BMW i4 seats have good support, and most drivers will quickly find a comfortable driving position. Visibility is good in all directions.
|BMW i4 Gran Coupe Trims||eDrive35||eDrive40||M50|
|Headroom Front Seat||38.2 in.||38.2 in.||38.2 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||36.6 in.||36.6 in.||36.6 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||41.5 in.||41.5 in.||41.5 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||34.2 in.||34.2 in.||34.2 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||55.2 in.||55.2 in.||55.2 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||54.3 in.||54.3 in.||54.3 in.|
Ranging from reserved to vivid, there are some interesting BMW i4 interior colors to choose from. The base model features perforated Sensatec upholstery in your choice of Canberra Beige, Tacora Red, Cognac, or Black. Seats can also be upholstered in Vernasca leather in your choice of Tacora Red, Mocha, Black, or Oyster for an additional $1,500. The classy but rather restrained cabin can be dressed up in several trim options. These include Open Pore Fine Wood Oak Grain, High Gloss Fine Wood Ash Grey-Brown, Aluminum mesh effect, Aluminum Rhombicle Anthracite, and Black High Gloss. Unique to the M50 is carbon fiber trim, a $300 option. The sport steering wheel is wrapped in leather.
As with other BMWs in the same price range, the quality of the materials is generally exemplary. Soft-touch plastics and switches that operate with an underlying solidity leave a lasting impression.
At ten cubic feet, the BMW i4's trunk space is not particularly large although it will suffice for daily errands. More usefully, the rear hatch design and 40/20/40 split-folding seat helps with loading and unloading larger objects and makes for a practical and accessible trunk storage area. Fold the seats down in the second row, and you'll have more than enough space to fit one of those electric mini bikes. It's a shame that BMW couldn't fit another frunk under hood for even more practicality.
In the cabin, there is a center console storage compartment, door pockets, and cupholders front and rear. The rear cupholders are located in the fold-down center armrest.
The feature list on the 2023 BMW i4 is extensive, with even more awaiting the buyer on the options list. The lower two trims come with power front sport seats, a BMW curved display with a configurable 12.3-inch instrument cluster, a power moonroof, an automatic-dimming interior rearview mirror, comfort access keyless entry, and multi-zone automatic climate control. Heated front seats would've been a nice standard feature but, unfortunately, requires an extra charge. You can also add options like a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, wireless charging, ambient lighting, and a head-up display.
The BMW i4's safety equipment is quite generous, too. You don't need to pay extra for forward collision warning, active blind-spot detection, lane departure warning, the obligatory rearview camera, and both front and rear park distance control. Acoustic pedestrian detection is necessary as the i4 is, of course, mechanically silent.
The i4 features a futuristic dashboard layout with a huge digital driver cluster and a 14.9-inch touchscreen infotainment display that runs iDrive 8 software. This system is operated via voice commands, the touchscreen, or iDrive touchpad and is responsive and intuitive, if a bit overwhelming at first glance as there is simply so much happening on the screen. The system also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth streaming, navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio, and over-the-air updates. Sound quality is decent rather than exceptional via the standard ten-speaker sound system, but audiophiles can opt for an even better Harman Kardon sound system for an additional $875. The entire system is a joy to use and one of the best we've tested in this class.
The 2023 BMW i4 has a trunk size of 10 cubic feet behind the rear seats.
There is seating for five adults inside the 2023 i4.
There are four cupholders inside the cabin of the 2023 BMW i4.