BMW has released a new Z4 after a 4-year hiatus. BMW redesigned the car completely and the new model is much better than the previous models. Even though it is one great car it does fall short of the two-seater Porsche Boxster which is a beast in terms of all-out performance and enjoyment. However, it is a great car in a neat package and its fun to drive and not to mention that it is about 10000 dollars cheaper than the Boxster.
Now the 2020 Z4 only comes as a convertible and there is no coupe version this time. Also, the Z4 is BMW’s cheapest 2-seater performance car on the market. One thing of note is that the new Z4 has a soft-top, unlike its previous versions.
Now the soft top isn’t a problem at all as it closes perfectly and is relatively quiet when you get on the highways. But enough about the car, in general, let’s get down to the meat of the topic. In the following passages, we will look into the car and provide you with a 2020 BMW Z4 review that may come in handy when choosing a convertible. So let’s begin.
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The 2020 BMW Z4 Overview & Price
BMW Z4 only had the Z4 sDrive30i to offer in its last iteration, however, the legendary M division of the German manufacturer has tuned up a version this time. Along with the traditional sDrive30i, BMW offers a Z4 M40i this time around. Both trims have turbocharged engines but the M40i has a 6 cylinder engine and the sDrive30i has a 4 cylinder engine.
The sDrive30i is one of the best values for your money convertibles on the marketing if you go by its base price. It has a significantly lower price than its competitor the Porsche Boxster. Now it does lack in performance when compared to the Boxster but it has ample power for most customers.
BMW offers a 2950 dollar M Sport Kit that comes with an M Sport suspension which increases the Z4’s handling capabilities. Along with that, the M Sport kit features an aerodynamic body kit and M Sport steering wheel. You can also opt for 19-inch tires if you want and there is a Track Handling package that features larger M sport brakes.
While the sDrive30i is fast it still won’t be as quick as the M40i. The 2020 BMW Z4 sDrive30i has a base price of 50,695 dollars while the Z4 M40i comes in at 64,695 dollars. For the best value, our pick is the sDrive30i.
2020 BMW Z4 Engine, Specs & Performance
The 2020 BMW Z4 comes equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission with a sport mode and a manual mode available. You will also find paddle shifters attached to the steering wheel. Yeah, so the new Z4 is a first for BMW as it’s the first car from the German manufacturer to not feature a traditional manual transmission with a clutch pedal. The Z4 doesn’t need it as well with it having one of the best automatic 8-speed transmission on the market.
The transmission works perfectly with providing the driver with fast responses, quick shifts, and seamless operation. Now in terms of power and speed, the sDrive30i comes equipped with a 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces around 255HP. The sDrive30i takes around 5.1 seconds to reach 0 to 60 which is slightly slower than the Boxster. However, the Z4 M40i is something different. It features a 382-hp twin-turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine. With that, the 2020 BMW Z4 M40i can reach 0 to 0 in around 3.8 seconds which makes it scarily fast.
It’s even faster than the Boxster S as well. Now let’s move on to the fuel economy and MPG of the BMW Z4. The sDrive30i has an MPG of 25 in the city and 32 in the highways with the M40i coming in one point lower with 24 and 31 respectively. However, if you are looking at real-world MPG it will come out to around 20 or so miles per gallon.
The Z4, however, does boast one of the best fuel economies in the market for its class and the M40i even with a much more powerful engine. Now one noticeable thing is that it requires premium gasoline and it has small fuel tanks on both the trims. So even though it’s a great car you would need to stop for filling up every 300 miles if you ever take the convertible out on a cross country trip.
2020 BMW Z4 Interior, Configurations & Safety
Like you expect with all BMWs the Z4’s interior has been with premium materials. It may even have the best interior in its class. The materials used are all luxe and it has exceptional panel fitment and excellent control placement. The 2020 BMW Z4 is also very spacious even for people over 6-feet. The convertible has a soft top made of thick cloth that shuts perfectly and when closed the noise is almost silent with little to no road and wind noise permeating in the cabin.
When the top is closed you may forget you are driving a convertible and may even be fooled into thinking that you are in a grand touring car. BMW installed a lot of storage bins throughout the car with two big cupholders in the front and netted shelf behind the seats. Now being a convertible the Z4 doesn’t have a lot of cargo space. The trunk is 10 cubic feet which seem small but is enough for road trips for two.
Now let’s move on to the infotainment and connectivity of the Z4. The new Z4 has a 10.25-inch touchscreen and comes standard with navigation and complimentary Apple CarPlay integration. You will also be able to access BMW’s new iDrive system which comes standard with the 2020 Z4. The technology in the Z4 is phenomenal and you can control most of the system not only with buttons and knobs but even with voice commands.
There is a USB port and Bluetooth streaming audio comes standard with the car but the SiriusXM satellite radio is optional. If you take up the premium package then your Z4 will come with Wi-Fi Hotspot, wireless charging, and heated seats. That concludes the infotainment and connectivity section and now let’s move onto the driver assistance and safety of the 2020 BMW Z4.
The standard Z4 comes equipped with a forward-collision warning and daytime pedestrian detection with city braking along with the lane-departure warning system. There are other safety features available for the Z4 as options. Features like active cruise control, active blind-spot detection, rear-collision protection, and rear cross-traffic alert are options you can choose to make your Z4 safer. Now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is yet to test the Z4 so we will know more about the safety of the car when they do.
In terms of warranty and maintenance, the 2020 BMW Z4 comes with 4 years or 50,000 miles limited warranty and for the powertrain its the same with BMW offering 4 years or 50,000 miles. However, the complimentary scheduled maintenance is where BMW offers the most with 3 years or 36,000 miles making it a standout as no one its class offers this much.
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A Solid Convertible
BMW’s Z4 was made in tandem with the Toyota Supra and it shows in many aspects. The two manufacturers took the best of each other and integrated it into their cars. The Z4 is a well rounded convertible with great performance along with an amazing fuel economy. BMW took what was already a good car and improved upon it significantly.
Making the new 2020 BMW Z4 one of the best convertibles on the market today. So be sure to check it out if you are looking to get a convertible for yourself. And with that our review comes to an end. Let us know in the comments below what’s your favorite convertible. Also, send us your thoughts and suggestions so that we know what you are looking for. Till then, See Ya!