Used BMW Z4 2003 - 2009 review

Category: Sports car

Section: What is it like?

2003 - 2009 review
BMW Z4 (03 - 09)
  • BMW Z4 (03 - 09)
  • BMW Z4 (03 - 09)
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What's the used BMW Z4 sports like?

Sharp handling, outstanding grip and excellent body control mean that the BMW Z4 is every inch a driver's car – one of the best of its type, in fact. The only real trade-off for this performance and precision is a stiff ride, particularly on the Sport versions.

The entry model has a spirited 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine, or you can opt for one of the larger six-cylinder units. These make the car seriously quick and give a heady snarl as the revs rise. However, their extra oomph adds a fair bit to ownership costs, so the 2.0-litre makes the best all-rounder.

Big demand for used Z4s keeps prices high and means that good ones sell rapidly for close to the asking price. No wonder – it's a civilised car that's well equipped and comfortable for two.

It's practical and sensible enough to be usable every day all year round, but even with the roof down, you can drive quickly with a reasonable degree of hush in the cabin.