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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:BMW Z4

Overall verdict
Exchanges controversy and sportiness for blander aesthetics.


The space, the comfort, the roof, the engines and the air of class


Winkie-extension connotation. Boxster is much better to drive


What is it?

Having sat between the rock and the hard place that is the Porsche Boxster (the driver’s roadster) and the Mercedes SLK (the fop’s roadster - now SLC) the last BMW Z4 had a difficult time. It was neither dynamic nor comfy enough to challenge either. Enter this Z4, the two-seat BMW with folding hard top that guns straight for coiffed drivers whose living rooms have a white-leather corner sofa. It’s been facelifted once or twice but you’ll be hard pushed to notice.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
35is sDrive 2dr [Nav] DCT
4.8s 211g/km 31.0 340 £47,210
The cheapest
18i sDrive 2dr [Nav]
7.9s 159g/km 41.5 156 £29,455
The greenest
18i sDrive 2dr [Nav]
7.9s 159g/km 41.5 156 £29,455
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