Used BMW Z4 Sports 2009 - 2017 review

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(2009 - 2017)
Used BMW Z4 Sports (09 - 17)
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What used BMW Z4 sports will I get for my budget?

Thanks to its long production cycle and wide range of engines, there is a Z4 for every budget. Early Z4 20is from 2009 are around £7000 while 35is begin at £10,000. A newer sDrive 28i can be found for £11-13,000 upwards.

Our favourite car is the pre-2011 23i Z4 which comes with a 2.5-litre engine. We prefer this engine because it sounds much better than the four-cylinder version, adding to the driving experience with its sonorous six-cylinder soundtrack. A good 23i will cost you around £10,000.

Satellite navigation, which was part of the BMW Professional Media package was an expensive option when new, so cars which do have it command a slight premium over those that went without.

Used BMW Z4 Sports (09 - 17)

How much does it cost to run a BMW Z4 sports?

The most frugal Z4s are rated to do 41.5mpg, which is good for this type of car. If outright economy is your major concern then the Mercedes SLK might be a better alternative, as Mercedes put a 2.1-litre diesel engine in the SLK 250 CDI: it claims to achieve 56.5mpg. The Audi TT Roadster could also be specified with a diesel engine and quattro four-wheel drive.

Having said that, the Mercedes pips the BMW in terms of fixed price servicing, even with the smaller engines. It will be cheaper than the Audi TT and considerably cheaper to maintain than the Porsche Boxster.

Annual road tax (VED) for this generation of Z4 will be based on CO2 emissions, if the car was registered before April 2017, and charged at the flat rate if registered after that date. The charge is currently £140 a year. Be warned that if your Z4 cost over £40,000 new it would also be charged a supplementary luxury car tax, currently £310 a year. 

Insurance groups are high, as you might expect, and servicing costs at a BMW dealer can be expensive. However, there are many independent specialists who will look after your Z4, often at a fraction of the cost. 

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