BMW Z4 Overview
The Z4 looks sharp but isn't as entertaining as we expect a sports car to be. Handling is capable and secure, but vague steering, a penchant for understeer, and a jittery ride undermine the Z4's fun factor. Its 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder is plenty powerful and returned 28-mpg overall, but it has a diesellike clatter at idle. The six-speed manual transmission is precise but slightly notchy. 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. iDrive controls can be fussy, especially with a manual transmission. The retractable hardtop keeps it fairly quiet inside.
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