The BMW Z4 is a good looking, fun-to-drive, all-weather convertible. The last version was criticised for its poor ride comfort, but BMW has sorted that out with the current model, and has also given the car a more spacious, comfortable two-seater cabin. The car's metal folding roof means it is quieter with the top up than ever before. The BMW Z4's all-round appeal means it is easy to live with on a daily basis, but entry-level models are not that luxurious, and the small boot lacks practicality.

BMW Z4 roadster

£29,690 - £47,905
2 Doors
3.4 / 5
  • Great build quality
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Powerful engine range
  • Expensive to buy
  • No diesel option
  • Limited practicality

The BMW Z4 is quiter and more comfortable than ever before, thanks to a folding metal roof. That means it's less of a direct competitor for the Porsche Boxster and more of a rival to the Mercedes SLK. In other words, the Z4 is a good-looking car that's better suited to comfortable, top-down cruising than being an out-and-out sports car. It only has two seats and limited boot space due to the complicated roof mechanism, but quality is good and reliability should be top-notch.