IT’S A BEST BUY BECAUSE:

The Z4 is a delightful dual-purpose machine that is equally capable of being coddling or invigorating, depending on which of the selectable drive modes you choose.

BUT…

Not surprisingly, cargo space is tight, and the spendy options drive up the reasonable base prices quickly.

WORTH NOTING:

The Z4 comes solely as a roadster, but it shares its basic chassis and 6-cylinder powertrain with the new-for-2020 Toyota Supra, which comes only as a hatchback coupe.

WHAT IS IT?

The Z4 is BMW’s 2-seat convertible sports car. It was redesigned last year in sDrive30i form, powered by a 255-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. For 2020, an sDrive M40i model—powered by a turbo 3.0-liter six that makes 382 hp—is added to the line. Both engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission; a manual gearbox is not available. Standard features include automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay connectivity (Android Auto is not available), power seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, navigation system, high-resolution digital instrument cluster, and a wind deflector that fits between the headrests. Available features include adaptive suspension, full-color head-up display, heated seats and steering wheel, wireless device charging, Wi-Fi hotspot capability, ambient interior lighting, and a Harman Kardon surround-sound system. A forward collision warning system with low-speed automatic emergency braking is standard; a blind-spot monitor, lane-departure warning, and park distance control are optional.

WHAT’S NEW?

As mentioned above, the sDrive M40i model joins the Z4 roster for 2020. In addition to its 6-cylinder engine, the M40i comes with a few more standard features than the sDrive30i.

FUEL ECONOMY

The Z4 is rated at a respectable 24 mpg city/32 highway with the 4-cylinder engine and 24/31 with the 6-cylinder. In Consumer Guide® testing, an sDrive30i averaged 24.4 mpg in 60-percent city driving. Premium-grade gas is required with both engines.

VALUE IN CLASS

In either 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder form, the BMW Z4 is a supple, sophisticated machine that feels in its element on a leisurely Sunday cruise or a spirited blast along a curvy road. As two-seat roadsters go, the Z4’s cockpit is a bit more spacious than the norm, which plus-size folks should appreciate. The extensive array of options and option packages can bump up the bottom line, but also enables a good degree of customization.

BASE PRICE RANGE $49,700 – $63,700
BODY STYLES 2-Door Convertible
AVAILABLE ENGINES Turbocharged 255-HP, 2.0-Liter 4-Cyl.; Turbocharged 382-HP, 3.0-Liter 6-Cyl.
DRIVE WHEELS Rear-Wheel Drive
BUILT IN Austria
EPA FUEL-ECONOMY RANGE 24-32 MPG

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