For The BMW Z4 looks amazing, and the cabin oozes class. It’s great to drive, with strong engines, capable handling and a supple ride.
Against There isn’t much space in the boot when you’ve got the roof down, and an Audi TT is more fun to drive.
The BMW Z4 is the real deal: it looks and drives like a proper sports car, and it makes you feel special every time you get in.
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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.
I've owned my Z4 for 8 months now from new and 3 months have been spent in the garage. The car is fun to drive, the roadster experience is great when…
I used to own a 2005 soft top Z4 and I loved it! Sure there were things I wanted that it didn't have such as cruise control, integrated phone…
I bought the new Z4 due to it's striking & aggressive looks after enjoying my previous Z4 coupe. The interior is well built and laid out, sports…
This entry-level 20i is the pick of the Z4 range, thanks to its flexible performance, agile handling and low running costs. It’s well equipped, too.