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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.

BMW Z4 Roadster
44 5stars

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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There are 7 BMW Z4 versions available

Roadster 2.0 sDrive18i 2dr £27,740
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Roadster 2.0 sDrive20i 2dr £29,840
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Roadster 2.0 sDrive18i M Sport 2dr £31,625
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Roadster 2.0 sDrive20i M Sport 2dr £33,005
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Roadster 2.0 sDrive28i M Sport 2dr £37,390
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Roadster 3.0 sDrive35i M Sport 2dr £43,005
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Roadster 3.0 sDrive35iS DCT 2dr £45,950
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

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

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

BMW Z4 Roadster 3.0 sDrive35iS DCT 2dr

I have had the Z4 for 18 months now and like it a lot. It looks great and goes like a scalded cat - most professional reviewers don't seem to like…

Ross Campbell

4 out of 5 stars
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