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BMW Z4 review

2019 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 54.1
” Sporty and comfy roadster is beginning to feel its age “

At a glance

Price new £45,170 - £63,230
Used prices £19,412 - £45,486
Road tax cost £600
Insurance group 30 - 38
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Fuel economy 32.5 - 39.8 mpg
Range 412 - 503 miles
Miles per pound 4.8 - 5.8
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Available fuel types


Pros & cons

  • Eye-catching styling
  • Choice of engaging engines
  • One of the few ways to enjoy wind-in-the-hair motoring
  • Only two engine options
  • Almost too many drive modes
  • Visibility isn’t great

Written by Piers Ward Published: 12 August 2019 Updated: 27 July 2023


Time and fashion have not been kind to the BMW Z4 class of car – a two-seat sports car with a folding fabric roof is a rare beast indeed these days. On sale since 2019, the Z4 still doesn’t have a hybrid option, the only engine offerings are two petrols, while rivals are getting fewer and fewer with every passing year.

Cars such as the Audi TT and Jaguar F-Type are about to be retired, the Porsche 718 Boxster is destined to be electric-only in the next iteration, and the Mercedes-Benz SLK disappeared aeons ago. Only the Mazda MX-5 soldiers on, in a typical Mazda quirk.

Like the two previous generations of Z4, it is a rear-wheel drive two-seater and comes with a folding soft-top like the first car (the second-generation model featured a hard-top). It opens and closes in just 10 seconds, and is able to do so up to speeds of 31mph.

The Z4 only comes in two trim levels. M Sport comes with the four cylinder 2.0-litre, while the 3.0-litre M40i is top-of-the-range.

All are generously equipped with standard-fit LED headlights, electric folding roof, 18-inch alloy wheels and BMW Live Cockpit Professional, which features a 10.25-inch displays, sat-nav, Online Services, Bluetooth and digital instrument panel.

Read on for our full BMW Z4 review, with a verdict that draws on everything from its practicality and running costs to its performance and handling. From there we will tell you whether to buy one or not.