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BMW Z4 Roadster boot space, practicality and safety

2009 - 2017 (change model)
Practicality rating: 3.5 out of 53.5

Written by Parkers Experts Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

Standard across the range is a BMW Z4 safety system called Dynamic Stability Control+ (or DSC+ for short) which combines several features such as traction control, corner brake control and brake fade compensation to help keep the car on the road and stable.

The body shell is extremely stiff and there are head/thorax airbags integrated in the side of the seat backrests which inflate in the event of a collision from the side.

Like most BMW cars, the Z4 comes with run-flat tyres which allow you to drive for 150 miles (at a maximum of 50mph) with a punctured tyre, although BMW says it has carried out successful tests up to 600 miles.

Like the majority of two-seater sports cars, BMW Z4 practicality isn’t a strong point but it offers enough space to make it useable everyday.

With the roof up, the boot offers 310 litres of space – more than a Ford Fiesta – and the load area is easy to access, if not very wide. With the roof retracted, space is cut to just 180-litres which is marginally less than the Mercedes-Benz SLK and it’s hard to get to items as they have to be loaded through a narrow slot.

An optional through-loading system is available which includes a hatch between the two seats to allow longer items up to 1.7 metres long (such as skis) to be carried.

In the front there’s a decent central cubby, door pockets that fold open and a storage box with shelves behind the seats.

Euro NCAP rating

Overall NCAP safety rating 3 out of 5
Year tested: 2013
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Adult Occupant: 69%
Child Occupant: 61%
Vulnerable Road User: 91%
Safety Assist: 46%

Equipment and options

Each trim level will have different equipment offerings.
Basic equipment (18)
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Front electric windows
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control
Standard Equipment
Optional Equipment
Standard Trim Standard Equipment (3)
  • Audio remote
  • Electric mirrors
  • Partial leather seat trim
Standard Trim Optional Equipment (10)
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Highline Edition Standard Equipment (3)
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Leather seat trim
Highline Edition Optional Equipment (8)
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
M Sport Standard Equipment (3)
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
M Sport Optional Equipment (9)
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
M Sport Highline Edition Standard Equipment (4)
  • CD
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
M Sport Highline Edition Optional Equipment (8)
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
S Drive Standard Equipment (3)
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Partial leather seat trim
S Drive Optional Equipment (8)
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sports seats

Dimensions

Length 4239mm - 4244mm
Width 1790mm
Height 1284mm - 1291mm
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