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  • BMW Z4 Head Image
  • Z4 Rear Road
  • BMW Z4 RHD dashboard
  • BMW Z4 2019 seats
  • BMW Z4 RHD infotainment
  • BMW Z4 2019 side panning exterior
  • BMW Z4 2019 front right static
  • BMW Z4 2019 rear right static
  • BMW Z4 2019 bonnet view static
  • BMW Z4 2019 wheel detail
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Introduction

What Car? says...

“Do not try to do everything. Do one thing well.” So said the late boss of Apple, Steve Jobs — a man who proved multiple times that the key to a successful product is simplicity. Now, that might sound counterintuitive; surely something that caters to everyone's tastes would be more successful? Not necessarily, as the BMW Z4 has proved.

To understand what we're on about, we need to look at the Z4's back catalogue. The first Z4, from 2002, was a focused, lithe sports convertible. A proper little driver's car that proved to be a huge success. But when BMW tried to make the second-generation Z4 user friendly, to broaden its appeal, it dulled the Z4's shine.

It sounds like a convincing package, but what's it like in reality? Keep on reading to find out, because we'll tell you exactly how the Z4 drives and how it compares to its main sports car rivals. Those include the well-rounded Audi TT Roadster at one end of the price spectrum and the dominant Porsche Boxster at the other.

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FAQs

  • We don’t have any specific reliability data for the current BMW Z4 but BMW came 13th out of 30 car makers in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. That was ahead of rival sports-car makers Audi and Porsche. Read more here

  • It depends which engine you choose. The BMW Z4 sDrive20i has a 197bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine and accelerates from 0-62mph in 6.6sec, which is not particularly quick for a sports car. The sDrive30i’s 258bhp 2.0-litre petrol is faster, with 0-62mph in 5.4sec, while the most powerful M40i has a 335bhp 3.0-litre petrol engine for an impressive 4.5sec. The official top speed of the Z4 is 155mph. Read more here

  • Our favourite version of the BMW Z4 is the M40i – which is also the quickest. The 3.0-litre straight-six engine is smooth and revs freely, with a much more satisfying sound than the four-cylinder engines on lesser Z4s. You also get a slicker automatic gearbox, beefier M Sport brakes and a bespoke, electronically controlled limited-slip differential, which make it more involving to drive. Standard equipment includes lightweight 19in alloy wheels, a more aggressive bodykit, and electrically adjustable seats with lumbar support and driver memory settings. Read more here

  • The BMW Z4 in M Sport trim has more standard equipment than the entry-level Sport, including a sharper-looking bodykit and gloss-black accents to give the car a more aggressive look. If you choose the sDrive30i engine, M Sport also adds firmer M Sport suspension and beefier M Sport brakes. Sport is already well equipped, with cruise control, heated M Sport seats, front and rear parking sensors and other useful kit. Read more here

  • Excellent. The BMW Z4 has a 10.3in infotainment touchscreen that you can operate using the iDrive rotary controller on the centre console. That makes it much less distracting to use when you’re driving than touchscreen-only systems. It also has built-in sat-nav, Bluetooth, DAB radio and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring (but not Android Auto). Read more here

  • The BMW Z4 has a boot capacity of 281 litres, which is impressive for a two-seater sports car. What Car? road testers managed to fit in five carry-on suitcases and you don’t lose any storage space when you put the convertible roof down. A ski hatch between the seats is available as an optional extra. Read more here

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Target Price from £39,567
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RRP price range £40,745 - £56,150
Number of trims (see all)4
Number of engines (see all)3
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)petrol
MPG range across all versions 35.8 - 40.4
Available doors options 2
Warranty 3 years / No mileage cap
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £2,888 / £4,081
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £5,775 / £8,162
Available colours