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  • Launched in 2019
  • Convertible
  • Petrol
  • Launch year
    2019
  • Body type
    Convertible
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BMW’s classy all-round roadster

Best bits

  • Good looks, inside and out 
  • Surprisingly practical for a roadster 
  • Pricing is good compared to rivals   

Not so great

  • You’ll have even more fun driving a Porsche 718 Boxster
  • There’s no manual option, though that might still come in the future
  • The digital instruments aren’t very clear, or good to look at 

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"The BMW Z4 is not the sharpest driving roadster out there, but that’s not necessarily a problem, indeed, the BMW Z4’s all-round ability makes it a more appealing car if you’re after an indulgent daily driver, that’s not short of fun when you’re in the mood for it. It’s good looking and, against its rivals, it looks like decent value, too.  A great all-round roadster that mixes some fun with good looks and usability."

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BMW has long history of producing two-seater roadsters, then, this current Z4 reaching BMW showrooms in 2019. Unlike the car it replaces, BMW has reverted to using a fabric roof for its folding roof, with the previous generation using a folding hardtop. That makes it immediately more recognisable as an indulgent, open-topped sports car even when the roof is in position, while BMW also went bolder with the Z4’s styling, making it a real head-turner.


That’s very deliberate, as you want to be seen in cars in this class. There’s also an expectation that they’ll be fun and engaging to drive, and the Z4’s improved in this respect, too. It might not offer quite the driving fulfilment of Porsche’s 718 Boxster, but it’s close enough for most, while it’s a car that’s easy to live with as a day-to-day proposition.


The range is fairly simple to comprehend, too, with a choice of three engines and three trims, encompassing Sport, M Sport and M, that M badge being reserved exclusively for the range-topping M40i model. 


They’re all rear-wheel drive, with the engine out in front of you, rather than in the middle like a Porsche 718 Boxster. There’s only a roadster, too, BMW not making a coupe version like most rivals, though if you want a closed version of the BMW Z4, you could always look at the Toyota Supra, the Japanese coupe co-developed alongside the BMW Z4, sharing a lot, including most of its interior, with the BMW Z4.


Unlike previous Z4s. BMW currently only offers the Z4 with an automatic transmission, though manual cars were spotted during the car’s development, so those with a preference for three pedals and a gearstick might be offered this option in the future. 


The roadster market is a relatively small one, though the BMW Z4 does have some direct rivals, notably that previously mentioned 718 Porsche Boxster, with Germany dishing up another couple of rivals in the form of Audi’s TT Roadster and the ancient Mercedes SLC. Jaguar will also happily sell you an F-Type instead, while there are more specialist, driver-focused cars like the Lotus Elise if you’re prepared to accept a few compromises in your two-seat sports car. 


It’s unlikely a typical Z4 buyer would ever consider that Lotus, the BMW being a good all-rounder rather than so singular in its focus. That’s its appeal to many, as while there are some sports car compromises, the Z4’s an easy daily driver, that’s surprisingly practical. Ally that with its good looks and decent performance and it’s an appealing all-round package. 


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sDrive M40i 2dr Auto

  • 2020
  • 4,537 miles
  • Peter Vardy Porsche Aberdeen
  • Kincardineshire, AB123TY
Price:£45,499
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sDrive 30i M Sport 2dr Auto

  • 2020
  • 7,928 miles
  • Motorpoint Castleford
  • West Yorkshire, WF105HX
Price:£37,999
PCP: £537.00/mo

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Is the BMW Z4 right for you?

If you want something nice to sit in and be seen in, with a drop top and two seats that’s fun to drive but not overly compromised, then step right up. The Z4 might not have quite the levels of driver engagement of a Porsche 718 Boxster, but it’s got a better chassis, and is newer, than the Audi TT, likewise Mercedes' SLC. 


It’s surprisingly practical, too, with a capacious boot, while there’s no denying that it’ll turn more heads than any of its roadster rivals thanks to its striking exterior style and relative rarity in comparison to its rivals. It’s about as sensible a sports car as you could ask for, which for the most demanding drivers won’t hold a great deal of appeal, but for the rest of you it’s a compelling all-round package.  


What’s the best BMW Z4 model/engine to choose?

That depends entirely on your budget, and expectations. It’s easy just to recommend the range-topping M40i because of its superb 3.0-litre straight-six turbocharged engine, particularly as it’s got the firepower to seriously trouble Porsche’s entry-level 718 Boxster that its price roughly matches. It makes a great sound, and looks superb in M specification, too. 


That said, you’ll not feel short-changed with the four-cylinder choices, in either sDrive20i form, or sDrive30i form, the choice of either Sport trim of more overt M Sport down to your preference on the differing looks, with the price differential between them being around £1,800. All said, though, however tempting the cheaper Z4s might be, the M40i isn’t so expensive as to ignore it, indeed, when compared like-for-like with rivals in relation to power and performance it actually looks like decent value.     


What other cars are similar to the BMW Z4?

The list isn’t very long, and it’s largely German, with the Z4’s long-held foes being the Audi TT Roadster, Porsche 718 Boxster and the Mercedes-Benz SLC, that Merc being old enough now that it’s being run-out in Final Edition specification. Buyers from the UK could go for a Jaguar F-Type, too. If you’re in the USA, then the Corvette Convertible could be considered a similar price rival for the sDrive M40i model, too. 

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