BMW Z4 Review 2022

BMW Z4 At A Glance

+Promises to be more driver focused than the previous Z4.

-Soft top rather than folding hard top.

On average it achieves 103% of the official MPG figure

Teased in concept form at last year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the USA, the latest Z4 is intended to be more driver focussed than its predecessor, with a central sitting position, low centre of gravity and 50:50 weight distribution.

The BMW Z4 M40i First Edition is powered by a six-cylinder petrol engine producing 340PS, and comes with electronically controlled dampers, M Sport brakes and an electronically controlled M Sport differential to aid traction. BMW claims it will take just 4.6 seconds to hit 62mph.

Based on a new platform co-developed with Toyota, which will also underpin the new Supra when it arrives in 2019. The Z4 will also share a factory with the Supra, being built in Graz in Austria.

Despite being slightly larger than the old Z4, the new model is expected to be marginally lighter than its predecessor.

The design is intended to 'underscore the driver-oriented cockpit styling', says BMW, with that traditional long Z4 bonnet stretching out over the front wheels, large air breathers on the front arches and a rear spoiler integrated into the rear boot lid. 

Staying away from a heavy folding hard top roof, the Z4 uses an electrically operated textile roof. Lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels complete the sporty look.

The interior of the First Edition features black leather trim, electrically adjustable seats with memory function, ambient lighting and a Harman Kardon surround sound system. Adaptive LED headlights with matrix function for the high beam are standard, while BMW's head-up display features for the first time in a roadster.

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Real MPG average for a BMW Z4


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Average performance


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34–45 mpg

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My windscreen wipers judder over streaks on the glass. How do I fix the issue?
"I bought a BMW Z4 in June as a demonstrator. It was first registered in March and has done 1500 miles. There's a problem with the windscreen wipers juddering and, in heavy rain, they judder so much that they can't clear the screen. I found traces of black rubbery streaks on the glass. What is the best way of cleaning the screen? BMW doesn't seem to be interested in the problem."
This is very shoddy customer service from the BMW dealer. If I had spent the best part of £40,000 on a sports car then I would expect them to investigate. It reads like the windscreen wipers have become warped - this is common on cars that have been left outside in the hot weather for a long period of time with the wiper blade becoming curved and skipping over the glass. The wiper blades will need to be removed and twisted back into shape or replaced. If the dealer refuses to take this issue seriously, make a complaint to the service manager. Juddering wiper blades are a minor issue, but present serious safety challenges if they are not working as they should. The BMW dealer should really address this.
Answered by Dan Powell
What's the best convertible, in your opinion?
"I'm looking for a convertible for a second car. I already own a 2009 Mazda 2, which is nippy enough for town but lacks acceleration for overtaking and for motorways. My dad likes the Mercedes-Benz SLK two seater convertible, but I'm not sold. I would prefer something like a Z4. Please let me know what your top choice would be."
If you're looking for a two-seater convertible, we'd recommend a Mazda MX-5. They're more fun to drive than the SLK and Z4, and cheaper to run. It's a really good (safe) introduction to rear-wheel-drive cars, too.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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