BMW Z4 variants
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Total cash price £28,999. Borrowing £23,199 with a £5,800 deposit at a representative APR of 12.9%.

49 monthly payments
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BMW Z4 buying guide

With fewer carmakers selling two-seater sports cars, it’s refreshing that BMW is still flying the flag for the segment. There are a handful of engine and trim choices for the Z4 - get all the info on this stunning drop-top sports car so you can choose the model that’s best for you.

What BMW Z4 trim levels are there?

There are two trims available for the Z4, with entry-level Sport models including alloy wheels, heated seats, climate control, cruise control, and an infotainment system with sat-nav, Bluetooth and DAB radio.

M Sport is the upgraded trim level and includes visual changes such as a meaner-looking body kit and larger alloys, along with firmer suspension and bigger brakes.

BMW offers several options packs with the Z4 including M Sport Plus with sports brakes, an active differential and adaptive suspension. You can also get the Comfort pack which gets a heated steering wheel, a wind deflector and a ‘ski hatch’ from the boot to the cabin – Comfort Plus adds electrically adjustable seats.

BMW Z4 interior and technology

Inside, the Z4 feels like it earns its price tag. The materials are plush and everything feels nicely screwed together, plus BMW’s high-res screens for the infotainment system and driver’s dials help everything feel bang up to date. Our only criticism is that much of the cabin design is shared with other BMW models, so feels slightly conservative as a result.

As mentioned, the screens are a strong selling point for the Z4, with attractive graphics, an intuitive layout and most of the key tech you’d expect to find. We have to say ‘most’ because while Apple CarPlay is generally available in most Z4s, Android Auto is not offered.

The Z4 is a two-seater sports car so won’t win any practicality contests. Nevertheless, there’s decent cabin space for the two passengers, allowing the Z4 to tackle long drives with ease. Similarly, the boot isn’t massive, but is large enough for two people’s weekend luggage.

BMW Z4 engine range explained

BMW Z4 sDrive20i

Entry-level Z4s use a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 197hp. That’s a decent amount of power for this relatively light car, helping it hit 62mph from rest in 6.6 seconds – similar to most hot hatches.

BMW Z4 sDrive30i

Stepping up to the sDrive30i boosts the 2.0-litre engine’s power to 258hp. This drops the 0-62mph time down to 5.4 seconds, helping this version feel much more urgent when you put your foot down.

BMW Z4 M40i

At the top of the Z4’s engine range is the M40i. This swaps in a 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder engine, bringing a big jump in power to 340hp. If you avoid spinning up the rear tyres like a hooligan, this version will sprint from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds.


The Z4 comes in just one version – a two-seat, two-door convertible sports car. Thanks to a joint venture agreement, it’s actually the sister car to the hardtop-only Toyota Supra, which shares most of the Z4’s parts and engines.

If you’re strictly in the market for two-seater convertibles, you’re not going to be spoiled for choice. New and nearly new choices include the Audi TT Roadster, Jaguar F-Type, Abarth 124, Porsche Boxster and Mazda MX-5. There are also four-seat convertible choices such as the Audi A5, BMW 4 Series or Mercedes E-Class.

The Z4 is a little more than 4.3 metres long. Those dimensions aren’t huge but the long bonnet can make placing the front of the car in a parking space a little harder than other body styles. Thankfully, all Z4s include front and rear parking sensors to make the task less challenging.

The Z4 isn’t pretending to be a practical car but, assuming you don’t need to accommodate more than one passenger, it’s not too bad for day-to-day use. There’s more space for passengers to stretch out in than a comparable Porsche Boxster, and the boot can easily take a couple of carry-on suitcases.

Thankfully, there isn’t a weak link in the Z4’s engine range. All choices are powerful with upgraded versions simply offering even more thrills when you floor it. The Z4 is automatic only and its eight-speed gearbox is equally happy zipping up to redline or just cruising around town.