The Z4’s low-slung driving position is spot-on, and the driver’s seat is very supportive. Even grippier sports seats are standard for M Sport models and optional for others.
There’s a good degree of adjustment for the reach and rake of the steering wheel, and all models have plenty of adjustment for the driver’s seat height and backrest angle. The manual adjustment system that’s standard for most models is a bit fiddly and requires you to pull levers and shift your weight about – full electric adjustment is standard for 35i and 35is versions and optional for the rest of the range. Lumbar support is an option for all models.
The dashboard is very user-friendly, with clearly marked controls and displays and a simple, uncluttered layout. Cars with sat-nav have BMW’s excellent iDrive infotainment system, which is easy to get the hang of.
BMW Z4 visibility
Good for a roadster
It’s inevitable in a car with such a low-slung driving position and long bonnet that some drivers may feel that they don’t quite know where the front of the car is. Other than that, the Z4 scores highly for visibility.
Thanks to a metal roof that features reasonably slim rear pillars, and small windows behind the door windows, rear visibility is better than that of many rivals, especially those with fabric roofs. The overall glass area remains fairly small, of course, but most drivers have a decent view out.
All models come with xenon headlights with washers and a heated rear window. Automatic headlights and windscreen wipers are a cheap option for 18i models and standard for the rest of the range.
Adaptive headlights and high-beam assist are well-priced options for all models, but front and rear parking sensors are a costly extra, either as a combined option or as part of an option package.
BMW Z4 infotainment
Great, user-friendly tech, but it’ll cost you
BMW’s cars are at the forefront for tech and there’s plenty of it as standard in the Z4, including Bluetooth, DAB radio and auxiliary and USB input sockets. All of it is easy to use and access.
If you want to add sat-nav – and a host of other high-tech goodies – you need to pay extra for the optional Media package (BMW Professional). It’s very expensive, but as well as being one of the best sat-nav systems around it includes BMW online services, BMW apps and voice control.
This option also adds BMW’s iDrive control system, which links a rotary controller between the front seats to a large display at the top of the dash – it’s intuitive and is one of the best systems of its type.
BMW Z4 build quality
Has some of the feel of a premium product
The Z4 has a very classy cabin, with sumptuous materials and a flawless fit and finish throughout. Unfortunately for BMW the same applies to the Z4’s key rival – the Porsche Boxster – while the Audi TT Roadster’s cabin is even glitzier.
The Z4’s interior is a great place to be, though. Controls that work with slick precision a balletic folding roof add to the impressive sense of quality overall.