BMW Z4 Review

  October 23, 2013


The BMW Z4 is a rear wheel drive sports car. The Z4 is a replacement of the Z3. In 2009, the BMW Z4 won the Red Dot Design Award.

The 2009 Z4 sports a retractable hard top, a departure from any previous two-seater BMW. The retractable hard top replaces the roadster and coupe versions of previous-generation Z4 models with one car. The Z4 offers the driving character you expect from BMW and it will be familiar to any fan of the marque. The Z4 competes primarily with the Mercedes-Benz SLK.

Powertrain & Performance

The Z4 is offered in a single variant: the sDrive35i. The sDrive refers to the car's rear-wheel drive configuration. There are no xDrive (all-wheel-drive) Z4s.

The Z4 sDrive35i is powered by an advanced 3.0 litre petrol engine that spins out 301 bhp, and is mated to a double-clutch 7-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission.

Build & Styling

The Z4 has very spacious interiors and very comfortably seats two. The car has ample head and leg-room. The roadster has manual seats and tilt steering column. The superior supporting of the seat makes for a comfortable experience even on long distance drives. There is an abundance of leather and other materials like wood and aluminium.

The climate control is automatic and dual-zone in the 35i. The manufacturer has given great importance to entertainment. The car has plenty of audio options including iPod connectivity, USB ports, satellite radio playback and so on. The instrumentation in the car gives all the required information and has a very clear appearance.

The hardtop is a very unique feature in Z4. It is made up of two aluminium shells and is capable of opening or closing in around 20 seconds.

The standard safety features in Z4 include frontal airbags, headactive knee protection, roll hoops, and electronic stability, traction and braking controls, thorax side airbags in the seats and tyre pressure monitors. The Park Distance Control feature is an optional extra.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Exterior finish
    • Steering/handling
    • Acceleration
  • Cons

    • Boot space