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The Z4 looks sharp but isn't as entertaining as we expect a sports car to be. Handling is secure, but vague steering, a penchant for pushing wide through corners, and a jittery ride undermine the fun factor. Its 2.0-liter, turbo four-cylinder is plenty powerful and returned 28 mpg overall, but it has a diesel-like idle. The six-speed manual feels crisp and is easy to shift. An eight-speed automatic is optional, as are powerful six-cylinder engines that come with a seven-speed sequential transmission. The well-finished cabin has plenty of leg and head room but feels narrow. The iDrive infotainment system can be fussy to use, especially when the Z4 is equipped with a manual transmission. The retractable hardtop keeps it fairly quiet inside. 2016 was the last year for this model.

Safety Equipment

ABS standard. Side air bags standard from 1999. ESC standard from 2001.

Road Test

Going by the numbers alone, the sleek Z4 performs very well, accelerating faster than such natural competitors as the Mercedes-Benz SLK250 and Audi TT and garnering better fuel economy -- an impressive 28 mpg overall. Another big draw is the retracta...


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  • Steering feel, ride, noise, tight quarters, access.


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Body Styles
Transmissions Available
  • 7-speed Sequential
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (240 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (300 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (335 hp)