New BMW Z4 vs new Audi TT Roadster

The old BMW Z4 wasn’t much fun to drive, but this new one promises to rectify that. Let’s see if it’s a better sports car than the recently refreshed Audi TT Roadster...

Audi TT infotainment


Audi TT Roadster

The TT dispenses with a separate infotainment screen and presents everything on a configurable 12.3in digital display in front of the driver. It’s controlled via a handy rotary dial by the gear selector and has straightforward menus. For Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you need to add the Smartphone Interface (£400) and Technology Pack (£1495). The latter includes a 36-month subscription to online services and wireless phone charging. 

BMW Z4 infotainment


Like the TT, the Z4 has sat-nav, DAB radio and Bluetooth as standard, plus a one-year subscription to Apple CarPlay (there’s no Android Auto). The separate 10.3in screen it very clear, the graphics look slick and the menus are even easier to work through than the TT’s. As well as being controlled by a rotary dial, the display is a touchscreen that’s ideal for using CarPlay. It’s a shame that so many of its features are subscription-based, though.

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