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BMW Z4

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Summary


The BMW Z4 is a two-seat roadster, with the current version being the third generation model. It was revealed in summer 2018 before going on sale in the UK in early 2019. It was jointly developed with Toyota, and forms the basis for the latest Toyota Supra coupé.

The current Z4 has a soft-top roof instead of a folding hard-top roof like the previous model as BMW has abandoned folding hard tops on its convertible models. The same move will apply to the forthcoming BMW 4 Series Convertible that is set to arrive in the UK in late 2020 or early 2021.

The BMW Z4 has received generally positive reviews from the UK motoring media, although several outlets have pointed out that it is more of a cruiser than a sports car. Based on 27 different UK reviews in our database as of August 2021, the Z4’s Expert Rating of 67% falls 6% short of its mechanically-identical twin, the Toyota Supra.

The Z4 has been praised for its comfort, build quality and improved handling compared to its predecessor. However, it’s still not considered as enjoyable to drive as a Porsche Boxster or Audi TT, while the styling – as on most modern BMWs – has been polarising.

Key specifications


Body style: Two-door convertible
Engine:
petrol
Price:
From £38,760 on-road

Launched: Spring 2019
Last updated:
Replacement due: TBA


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: September 2019

97%

ADULT OCCUPANT

87%

CHILD OCCUPANT

91%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

76%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


No eco rating

The BMW Z4 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and inevitably the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic.

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If you’re looking at the BMW Z4, you might also be interested in these alternatives

Alpine A110 | Audi TT Roadster | Ford Mustang convertible | Jaguar F-Type | Mazda MX-5 | Porsche 718 Boxster

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