BMW Z4 roadster
Price £27,740 - £45,950
- Great build quality
- Comfortable to drive
- Powerful engine range
- Expensive to buy
- Limited practicality
- No diesel option
At a glance
"With its responsive engine range and good looks, the BMW Z4 is an upmarket and desirable sports car that’s very comfortable to drive."
It has sporty looks thanks to its long-bonnet, short-boot, two-seater interior and electric hard-top roof. The latter means that less noise gets into the car's interior, as well as being more secure from thieves than older fabric-style roofs.
The BMW Z4 comes with a decent range of engines. There's no diesel option but the petrol engines can return decent MPG figures or impressive performance, depending on what you're after. All of the range offers 0-62mph times of at least 7.9 seconds, with the fastest getting there in just 4.8 seconds.
While the BMW might not be quite as enjoyable to drive as the Porsche Boxster, it probably makes a better day-to-day proposition. That means it is quiet and refined most of the time, but also fun when you find yourself on a twisty road. It also has an above-average boot in the roadster class – until you put the roof down.
The Z4 comes with good levels of equipment, but dipping into the options list can bring your Z4 up to luxury-car levels of equipment – with prices to match. As standard you do get 17-inch alloys, air-conditioning and xenon headlights, but sat-nav is an option.
The range starts around £28K for the 18i and leaps up to £37K if you fancy the M Sport trim. Go for the range-topping 35iS or the automatic version of the 35i and you’re looking at around £45K. The more expensive versions will offer poorer resale values after a few years, although they’re still likely to get close to 50% of the original value.
Our top choice is the BMW Z4 28i because it offers a speedy 5.9 second 0-62mph time, yet is no more expensive than the slower 18i or 20i to run day to day.
The BMW Z4 has plenty of economical petrol engines but no diesel option
Plenty of powerful engines, but the BMW Z4 still doesn’t feel very sporty
Easy to live with, the BMW Z4 is a comfortable motorway cruiser
The clever roof eats into the BMW Z4’s bootspace when folded down
Strong reliability and lots of safety features mean the BMW Z4 should be dependable