For This version of the Z4 delivers strong and flexible performance. You get loads of standard equipment, too, including dual-zone climate control, sports leather seats, automatic xenon headlights, Bluetooth, and a USB socket (for your MP3 player).

Against The firmer suspension fitted to this M Sport model ruins the Z4’s otherwise supple ride and adds nothing to the handling. Worse still, it ups the price.

BMW Z4 Roadster

What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

Choose this engine, but in standard (rather than M Sport) trim. You’ll save yourself some cash and enjoy a more comfortable ride.

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Key facts

6.9 secs
Top speed
146 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
502 miles
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

Gone are the days when you had to choose between soft- and hard-top versions of the BMW Z4. There’s now a single model that serves as both thanks to a folding metal roof which disappears into the boot in around 20 seconds.

Instead, buyers can concentrate on which of the three petrol engines they want. We reckon the 181bhp 20i is the pick of the range, because it’s the cheapest version of the Z4 to buy and run, yet offers strong and flexible performance.

If you want more performance there’s a 242bhp 28i version, which uses the same turbocharged 2.0-litre engine as the 20i version only in a higher state of tune. It’s quite a bit more expensive, though.

There are also two six-cylinder versions – the 302bhp 35i and the 335bhp 35is – but if you can afford to buy and run one of these there are better options than a Z4, such as the Porsche Boxster.

Reader test team says:

BMW Z4 Roadster 2.0 sDrive20i M Sport 2dr

In white, with 19" rims and stupidly fat tyres. The wheels look the part, but I suspect it destroys the ride quality. As sure-footed as you can wish,…

Hannes Buhrmann

4 out of 5 stars

BMW Z4 Roadster 2.0 sDrive20i M Sport 2dr

My partner bought me this model as a Christmas present, and what a Christmas it was. I have barely got out of the driver’s seat since it arrived and…

Paul Britton

5 out of 5 stars

BMW Z4 Roadster 3.0 sDrive30i M Sport 2dr

I've had this car for 18 months and I still love every minute driving it. It's beautiful to look at a great to drive. First, the negatives. I have…

Stuart Wilcox

4 out of 5 stars

BMW Z4 Roadster 2.0 sDrive20i M Sport 2dr

Took delivery of my 2.0 M Sport in April 2012 and have to say been delighted with it upto now. Performance is good if not scintilating, bearing in…

Tim Billings

4 out of 5 stars
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