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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

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.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the BMW Z4 Roadster (09-17).

  • 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

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Electric mirrors
  • Partial leather seat trim
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • 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 equipment

Highline Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Leather seat trim
Highline Edition optional equipment
  • 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 equipment

M Sport standard equipment
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
M Sport optional equipment
  • 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 equipment

M Sport Highline Edition standard equipment
  • CD
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
M Sport Highline Edition optional equipment
  • 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 equipment

S Drive standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Partial leather seat trim
S Drive optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sports seats

Euro NCAP Rating – 3 stars

The BMW Z4 Roadster (09-17) was tested by Euro NCAP in 2013 and was awarded a 3 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

3 star rating
Test 2013
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 69%
Child Occupant: 61%
Vulnerable Road Users: 91%
Safety Assist: 46%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.