BMW Z4 review (2013 onwards) – MSN Cars UK

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review (2013 onwards)


The BMW Z4 is treated to some mild styling tweaks, but the big news is the of a new entry-level sDrive18i model. it be enough to ensure the Z4 features on two-seater sports car shopping


BMW Z4: first impressions

As makeovers go, the to the 2013 BMW Z4 are subtle in the extreme. Had it not for the British number plates, you have forgiven the natives of for not giving the new Z4 a second glance. all, the long-nose, chisel-jawed is a rather familiar site on roads.

In fact, aside the new headlights, which include LED rings and an update to the side it’s very much as usual. But that’s no bad thing the Z4 is hardly in need of a full-scale We’re pleased BMW resisted the to do anything other than a nip and tuck.

The new entry-level Z4 sDrive18i the most involving model you have to work harder to get the from it

The big news is actually the introduction of a new sDrive18i Z4 – a de-tuned of the 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine in the sDrive20i and sDrive28i, as well as a new Design Traction option and slight improvements to the efficiency of engine across the range.

we got to enjoy some roof-down in the glorious 306hp sDrive35i, remains a brilliantly balanced, fast and wonderful sounding – a joy in the Italian sunshine. But this was a prelude to what we really to try.

Could the new sDrive18i itself as a more accessible point to Z4 ownership? When we the next day it was to more overcast fortunately the drive through was far from gloomy.


BMW Z4: performance

expect the new Z4 sDrive18i to be overshadowed by the sDrive35i and to a certain extent, be right. After all, at the 3.0-litre Z4 offers nearly the amount of horses than the 18i. That’s an awfully big

By BMW’s own admission the Z4 is more of an TT rival than something to on the Porsche Boxster

And having the sDrive35i the day before, the sDrive18i did a little tepid – a proper of the morning after the party and of the night before. But that mean the sDrive18i should be Far from it.

With ‘just’ on tap and a relatively miserly 177lb ft of this Z4 becomes the most model in the current range. You to work harder to get the best it, but that means you feel connected to the car. Maximising gear is central to maintaining especially when exiting

In manual form the 18i is one second to 62mph than the 20i, it in 7.9 seconds; 2.2 seconds slower the top-spec 2.0-litre four-cylinder, the But that doesn’t matter the 18i requires greater driver and it’s all the better for it. Any excuse to use the six-speed gearbox is fine by us.

just a shame the rather exhaust note was ruined by an whiny turbocharger and squeaky on our test car. Still, at it woke the locals up.


BMW Z4: ride and handling

Standard the Z4 range is Drive Dynamic allowing the driver to select Normal, Sport or Sport+ We could quite happily without the Normal option, as delivers meatier steering, an throttle response and a more experience.

Our test car was also with the optional £970 M Sport suspension, which improves handling by adding controlled dampers and lowering the height by 10mm. On the basis of our drive, this should be the option box you tick on your Z4.

Yes, the steering could be a more communicative, but the Z4 is so well and the levels of grip so high, it doesn’t matter. Besides, by own admission the Z4 is more of an Audi TT and SLK rival than something to on the Porsche Boxster, which the introduction of a new more accessible quite canny.

At £27,610, the Z4 is now a £1,235 from the cheapest TT Roadster and for buyers looking for a front-engined, rear-wheel drive car with the ‘right’ badge, the Z4 become a tempting proposition.


BMW Z4: interior

There’s a heck of a lot to about the Z4’s interior. intimate without feeling – even six-footers find ample space for a perfect driving position or a passenger ride. The quality of the and buttons is also much these days, with the optional BMW Professional Multimedia worthy of a mention.

Sadly the still needs to be half-raised to access the boot – a process. But looking good comes with one or two compromises.


BMW be applauded for not chucking needless at the Z4 in an attempt to give it a mid-life up

All Z4s get digital radio, xenon Bluetooth, USB connectivity, Drive Control, air conditioning, multi-function wheel and soft-close tailgate as plus Kansas leather on all but the new Z4.

BMW has also introduced a new Pure Traction option package for This offers exclusive Orange metallic paint optional black contrast Alcantara and leather seats, headlining and Metal Weave Prices range from to £2,240 depending on which Z4 you add it to.

And talking of prices and options our test 18i was loaded with an £9,755 worth of extras, the price to £36,415. Whilst understandable that BMW would to show the Z4 in its best light, it have been nice to the 18i in … form, with no added.

That said, we the 18i would feel a little without the additional frilly The brushed aluminium trim helps lift an otherwise interior and the £500 sports are so good we wouldn’t want to without them.

Everything comes down to taste although the £2,165 BMW Professional system does make use of the excellent windscreen infotainment


BMW Z4: economy and safety

As the 18i is merely a version of the 2.0-litre engine in the 20i and 28i, the screen price is the cost saving you’ll by opting for the entry-level Z4. That a theoretical combined MPG of 41.5 and CO2 of 159g/km. Not bad for a classic front-engined, drive sports car, eh?

It’s all down to BMW’s which in the Z4 means brake regeneration, electric power low rolling resistance tyres, shift indicator and stop-start.

The Z4 is too, thanks to driver, and side airbags, roll and side-impact protection systems, and a suite of electronic stability systems – if none of the fancier aids we’re starting to see in the market.

BMW Z4: the MSN Cars verdict

BMW be applauded for not chucking needless and ornaments at the Z4 in an attempt to give it a spruce up. The subtle styling do just enough to smarten up an attractive looking sports

But the big news is the new £27,610 sDrive18i It will undoubtedly ensure the Z4 on more shopping lists, if buyers may soon find the rises rapidly once must-have options are added.

the urge to splash the cash and you find the sDrive18i to be most Z4 in the range – few sub £30k cars offer such a blend of quality, balance and

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