BMW Z4

3/5
BMW Z4  new car image
Verdict

Like the Audi TT Roadster, the Mazda MX-5 and the Mercedes SLK, the BMW Z4 is great looking sports car that turns heads wherever it goes. This rear-wheel drive sports car replaces the Z3 in the BMW line-up. The first generation of the Z4 was released in 2002. The current generation was released in 2009. The Z4 Roadster has a starting price of €48,400, which makes it circa €150 less expensive than the very attractive Audi TT Roadster. The Mazda MX-5 however comes in at a lot less and is good fun to drive too.

Performance

The Z4 is only available with petrol engines and in comparison with nearly every other BMW vehicle that we have looked at it probably gives the highest on-paper fuel consumption rate. Fuel economy may not be the name of the game here but the petrol range is nice enough with offerings between 156 and 245hp in the 2.0 litre engines and between 306 and 340hp in the 3.0 litre engines.

The 2.0 litre 154hp engine is surprisingly strong but the general consensus is that the more enjoyable of the 2.0 litre range is the 181hp offering – due to sheer pace.

Ride & Handling

The Z4 gives plenty of grip and it feels like it’s close to the road. The steering is accurate and well weighted. However, this vehicle will let you feel every bump that the road has to offer. The car does react better in some driving modes, but even when you compare it with the much less expensive Mazda MX-5, you’d wonder how their ride isn’t as bumpy.

Refinement

Roadsters by their very nature suffer from massive amounts of road noise. To tackle this BMW has a folding metal roof, which means that things aren’t as loud as soft top roadsters. Other noises that slip into the cabin are slightly more welcome. These are the sounds of the engine doing the right things.

Quality & Reliability

Typical of any BMW the interior is made to a very high standard. All of the materials are of great quality. The metal roof folds away smartly and smoothly and the seats are very comfortable. This would be among the more refined interiors within its segment. There are plenty of soft furnishings on display in here and everything feels good to the touch. The dash is inviting and typical of BMW it is driver focused.

Safety & Security

The Z4 comes with High-Beam Assistant which automatically switches the lights from high beam to low beam depending on surrounding and approaching traffic. The car also comes with many driver aids like Park Distance Control. Of course you can also expect to find anti-lock brakes, traction control and electronic stability control.

Space & Practicality

To expect a massive amount of practicality from a roadster is asking a bit too much. The first obvious sign of this is that the car only has two seats. With that said the front is very spacious and there is a nice mix of connectivity items like Bluetooth, SATNAV, USB connectivity, etc. There is a boot in the Z4, but unsurprisingly the space in here is limited.

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Key Facts

Make

BMW

Model
Z4
Variant
Z4 sDrive18i
Trim
sDrive
Car Category
Cabrio
First Launched
2010
Engine (L)
2.0
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
8 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Roadster
Price New
€49,250
CBG Expert Rating
3.0

Running Costs

Tax
€570
Tax Band
D
L/100km Combined
6.8
Average km/L
14.7
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
55
Fuel Tank Range
809 km
Cost of filling a tank
€72.27
Average Cost Per 200 km
€17.87
CO2 emmissions
159 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
156 bhp
Max Power kW
116
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1997
Engine Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, longitudinal
Number of valves
4
Driven Wheels
Rear
Aspiration
Turbo
Top speed
221 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
7.9 s
L/100km Urban
8.90 L
L/100km Extra Urban
5.60 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Roadster
Doors
2
Seats
2
Boot capacity
310 L

Warranty

All Components
2 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
2 Year warranty
Car Body
12 Year bodywork warranty
Paintwork
3 Year paint warranty
Mileage
No distance limit

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
3

Dimensions

Boot capacity
310 L
Wheels
Rear wheel drive
Tyre size front
225/45 R17 mm
Tyre size back
225/45 R17 mm
Rim size
8 J x 17 mm
Length
4239 mm
Width
1790 mm
Height
1291 mm
Wheel Base
2496 mm
Front Track (mm)
1291
Rear Track (mm)
1559
Kerb weight
1470 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
1725

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, longitudinal
Fuel Delivery
Direct injection
Steering
Steering rack
Power
156 bhp
16 Variants
Sort by:
Roadster
€49,250
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €570
  • Boot Capacity 310 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 156 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 7.9 s
  • New Price €49,250
Roadster
€52,180
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 speed manual
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €1200
  • Boot Capacity 310 L
  • Engine Size 2.5 L
  • Power 201 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 6.6 s
  • New Price €52,180
Roadster
€52,587
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €570
  • Boot Capacity 310 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 156 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 8.1 s
  • New Price €52,587
Roadster
€52,780
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €570
  • Boot Capacity 310 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 184 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 6.9 s
  • New Price €52,780
Roadster
€55,790
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €570
  • Boot Capacity 310 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 156 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 7.9 s
  • New Price €55,790
Roadster
€56,117
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €570
  • Boot Capacity 310 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 184 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 6.9 s
  • New Price €56,117
Roadster
€58,110
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €570
  • Boot Capacity 310 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 184 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 6.9 s
  • New Price €58,110
Roadster
€59,127
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €570
  • Boot Capacity 310 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 156 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 8.1 s
  • New Price €59,127
Roadster
€59,620
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 speed manual
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €1200
  • Boot Capacity 310 L
  • Engine Size 3.0 L
  • Power 254 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 5.8 s
  • New Price €59,620
Roadster
€61,447
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €570
  • Boot Capacity 310 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 184 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 6.9 s
  • New Price €61,447
Roadster
€65,500
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €570
  • Boot Capacity 310 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 245 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 5.7 s
  • New Price €65,500
Roadster
€67,770
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 speed manual
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €1200
  • Boot Capacity 310 L
  • Engine Size 3.0 L
  • Power 301 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 5.2 s
  • New Price €67,770
Roadster
€68,837
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €570
  • Boot Capacity 310 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 245 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 5.5 s
  • New Price €68,837
Roadster
€81,120
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €1200
  • Boot Capacity 310 L
  • Engine Size 3.0 L
  • Power 306 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 5.2 s
  • New Price €81,120
Roadster
€84,767
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €1200
  • Boot Capacity 310 L
  • Engine Size 3.0 L
  • Power 306 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 5.1 s
  • New Price €84,767
Roadster
€86,720
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €1200
  • Boot Capacity 310 L
  • Engine Size 3.0 L
  • Power 340 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 4.8 s
  • New Price €86,720