BMW Z4 sDrive 20i M Sport 8spd Auto with Wind Deflector,Tech Pk, Pro Nav, H/St Wheel, H/Seats & C/Control 2.0 Automatic 2 door Roadster (2019) available from Mazda Northampton Motors

This vehicle is currently in stock at Doves Gatwick and can be purchased from Mazda Northampton Motors.

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£35,850

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Specification includes Tech Plus Pack, Satellite Navigation, Wireless Phone Charging Pad, Front and Rear Parking Sensors with Visual Guidance, M Sport Alloy Wheels, Bluetooth Telephone and Audio System, Cruise Control and Speed Limiter, Bluetooth Telephone and Audio Streaming, Electrically Heated and Adjustable Wing Mirrors, Electrically Adjustable and Heated Front Sports Seats, Leather Upholstery, Heated Steering Wheel with Rake and Height Adjustment, Selectable Driving Modes, Gear Shift Paddles, Traction Control, Auto Dusk Sensing LED Headlights, Auto Rain Sensing Wipers, Dual Zone Climate Controlled Air Conditioning, ISOFIX Child Seat Fixings and much more. Please call for further information and to arrange your viewing.

26/09/2019

9623

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Petrol 40.4 combined MPG (WLTP)

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Emissions and Fuel

CO2:
139 g/km

MPG:
46.3

WLTP CO2:
160 g/km

WLTP MPG:
40.4

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V5 Document

V5 Document

Keys

Keys

Manuals

Manuals

Service Log Book

Service Log Book

Body Glass

Electric heated rear window, Fingertip control / anti-trap function on electric window, Green tinted heat protection glazing, Heated windscreen washer jets, Windscreen wipers with adjustable interval

Brakes

Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist, Automatic Stability Control (ASC), Brake energy regeneration, Braking readiness, CBC - (Cornering brake control), Dry braking, Dynamic brake control, Dynamic stability control + (DSC+), Dynamic Traction Control - DTC, Electromechanical parking brake with automatic drive away release and auto hold function, Front and rear brake discs with interior ventilation

Chassis/Suspension

Double joint spring, Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport mode, M sport suspension

Communication

Bluetooth hands free telephone connection with USB audio interface + audio streaming

Driver Aids

Active Guard, Electric power steering, Variable sport steering

Driver Convenience

Auto start-stop, Pull away assistant

Driver Information

BMW ConnectedDrive online services, BMW Live Cockpit Professional with 10.25" high resolution instrument and control display, BMW Teleservices, Fuel gauge, Instrument cluster, Oil sensor for level and grade, warning by check control system, Oil temperature gauge, Optimum shift indicator, Run flat indicator, Speedometer with mph readout, Tachometer

Driving Mirrors

Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle, Interior rear view electrochromatic mirror with automatic anti dazzle function

Embellishment Trims

Sensatec dashboard

Engine

Double VANOS, Fuel tank breather system, High precision injection

Entertainment

HiFi loudspeaker system, USB connection

Exterior Body Features

Door sill finishers with M designation, Door sill strips, Dynamic braking lights comprising activated hazard warning flashers and third brake lights, Exhaust tailpipe - split left and right, Exterior mirror housing finish in body colour, Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements, High gloss shadow line, Kidney grille in mesh design, Lightweight engineering, M aerodynamic body kit, M Sport exterior styling, Matt black window recess finisher, Model logo, Tailgate release handle, Visible VIN plate

Exterior Lights

Automatic headlight beam throw control with load dependent regulating reaction, dynamic compensation of braking dive and acceleration squat, Follow me home headlight function, LED daytime driving lights, LED Indicators, LED rear lights, Two stage brake force display, Welcome lighting

Heating/Cooling/Ventilation

Microfilter and active carbon filter, Two zone automatic air conditioning

Interior Features

12V power socket in front storage compartment, Additional storage compartment - 4 lashing eyes, strap and storage net, Battery in luggage compartment, Cupholder, Height adjustable mechanically and infinitely variable steering column, M sport leather steering wheel, Vernasca leather upholstery

Interior Lights

Activation of interior lighting, Ambient lighting

Packs

Connected package professional - Z4

Safety

3 point front seat belts, Airbags - Front driver and passenger, front and side impact protection, BMW emergency call, Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights, fuel cut off, interior lighting, safety battery terminal clamp and airbags, Deactivation of fuel pump in the event of a crash, Plastic fuel tank, Pyrotechnic seat belt tensioners, Roll over protection, Seat belt force limiter, Seat belt stopper, Seat occupancy protection, Two tone horn, Tyre pressure monitoring with three level warning strategy

Seats

Child seat ISOFIX attachments for passenger seat, Driver and front passenger heated seats, Front headrests, M Sport seats for driver and passenger

Security

Centre lock switch, Closing system with central locking, Electronic vehicle immobiliser, Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button, Thatcham cat 1 remote alarm

Transmission

Eight speed steptronic sport transmission, with gearshift paddles, Electronic differential lock

Vanity Mirrors

Sunvisors with vanity mirrors

Wheels

Reduced rolling resistance tyres

Wheels - Alloy

18" Double spoke M light alloy wheels in bicolour ferric grey - style 798M

Wheels - Spare

Tyre repair kit

General

Badge Engine CC: 2.0
Badge Power: 197
Based On ID: N
Coin Description: i sDrive
Coin Series: M Sport
Generation Mark: 3
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 31E
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 97
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 87
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 91
NCAP Safety Assist %: 76
Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
Service Interval Mileage: 18000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km): 139
HC+NOx: N
Particles: N
Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 160
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 163
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 160
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 155
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 158
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 155
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 140
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 142
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 140
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 223
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 227
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 223
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 160
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 162
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 160

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft: DOHC
Catalytic Convertor: True
CC: 1998
Compression Ratio: 10.2:1
Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
Cylinders: 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 94.6
Engine Code: B48B20O1
Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery: TWIN TURBO
Gears: 8 SPEED
Number of Valves: 16
Transmission: SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg): 46.3
EC Extra Urban (mpg): 53.3
EC Urban (mpg): 38.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 6.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 6.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 6.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 6.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 6.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 9.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 10
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 9.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 7.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 7
WLTP - MPG - Comb: 40.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 39.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 40.4
WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 41.5
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 40.9
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 41.5
WLTP - MPG - High: 45.6
WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 45.6
WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 45.6
WLTP - MPG - Low: 28.8
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 28.2
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 28.8
WLTP - MPG - Medium: 40.4
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 39.8
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 40.4

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs): 6.6
Engine Power - BHP: 197
Engine Power - KW: 145
Engine Power - PS: True
Engine Power - RPM: 4500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 236
Engine Torque - MKG: 32.6
Engine Torque - NM: 320
Engine Torque - RPM: 1450
Top Speed: 149

Test Cycles

Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

Tyres

Alloys?: True
Tyre Size Front: 225/45 R18
Tyre Size Rear: 255/40 R18
Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style: DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 798
Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height: 1304
Height (including roof rails): N
Length: 4324
Wheelbase: 2470
Width: 1864
Width (including mirrors): 2024

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 52
Gross Vehicle Weight: 1740
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 281
Max. Loading Weight: 310
Max. Roof Load: N
Minimum Kerbweight: 1430
No. of Seats: 2
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11

MORE THAN ENOUGH Z? (new2) 10/05/2019

The classical Roadster. This, apparently, is what we have here in the form of the third generation version of BMW's Z4. Jonathan Crouch drives the sDrive20i version.

Ten Second Review

BMW knows a thing or two about roadsters and this third generation Z4 is one of its best. It may not be the sharpest car in its class to drive but on the right day, in the right mood on the right road, you may not care. The engines are efficient and willing, the looks are stunning and the feeling you get behind the wheel still makes you feel twenty years younger. This, it seems, is a Z that might be very hard to catch. Let's try the base sDrive20i version.

Background

Ah yes, the Z4; the model that some said wasn't quite a true BMW sports car last time out - the head of the company's performance 'M' division didn't think the old MK2 model was quite dynamic enough to get a full 'M' status. Some say it isn't quite a true BMW sports car this time round either, but usually for a different reason - the fact that it's shared its development with a Toyota (the new GR Supra). We might also mention the fact that it isn't even built by BMW, the Munich maker having farmed production out to Magna Steyr in Austria. Lots of issues then. Affordable modern-era BMW roadster models have always faced them. This time though, with this 'G29'-series model, there are grounds for believing that this Z4 could actually give us the really serious driver's experience its predecessors struggled to deliver. It's grippier, has a lower centre of gravity, a considerably wider track and, because the previous model's heavy old metal folding roof has been dumped this time round, there's also the promise of perfect 50:50 weight distribution. Let's put this MK3 model Z4 to the test in base sDrive20i form.

Driving Experience

Sporting BMWs may have been inseparably associated with six cylinder engines down the years but the key powerplants on offer in this 'G29'-series Z4 line-up squirt fuel into the quartet of cylinders boasted by a TwinPower Turbo 2.0-litre unit that's offered in two states of tune. It's the 197hp sDrive20i variant that I tried, but this engine is also available in a 258hp state of tune in the alternative sDrive30i variant. You can talk to your dealer about a manual version of the base sDrive 20i, but otherwise, all Z4 variants come fitted with an 8-speed Steptronic Sport auto gearbox with gearshift paddles. Rest to 62mph in the '20i' takes 6.6s en route to 149mph. You're probably going to want to pay extra for adaptive damping. The way the suspension interacts with the steering, the throttle and the differential is key to the way this car responds dynamically, so proactive use of the provided drive modes is crucial if you're pressing on. Do that and you'll find that this car lacks the razor-sharp steering responses of a rival Porsche 718 Boxster but the helm is quick and accurate, which in combination with superb front-end traction means that corners can be attacked with surprising confidence. Which is the kind of driving experience you'd want a proper roadster to be able to deliver. Is this one 'fun'? Well it can be - and that's a big step forward in Z4 development.

Design and Build

Brand loyalists will immediately recognise this as a BMW Z car - and it's not just down to the classic long-bonnet / short-roof format and the famous kidney badge on the grille. It's a shape certainly more arresting in reality than on the printed page, but one that you can't help feeling has been developed around its shared platform rather than with free-flowing stylistic expression. We should talk about the fabric roof, since that's a major change over the previous 'G89'-series Z4 with its metal folding top. It folds or erects in just ten seconds - the previous model's rather awkward display of metallic origami took almost twice as long to complete - and can be operated when travelling at speeds of up to 31mph. Inside, you get the nicest and classiest interior you'll find in any small roadster on sale; if anything, it's almost too sophisticated for what's supposed to be a back-to-basics sports car. Most of the fixtures and fittings are lifted from BMW's luxury saloons, including the 10.25-inch centre-dash and instrument binnacle screens that make up the Bavarian brand's sophisticated 'Live Cockpit Professional' package. Apart from that, what strikes you most is the roominess of this cabin, which is one of the things that makes this car feel so everyday-usable. Out back, there's a decently-sized 281-litre boot.

Market and Model

The phrase 'affordable roadster' is a relative one in this case, given that even this least expensive sDrive20i variant with 197hp was priced from launch at around £37,000. That's with the paddleshift 8-speed auto gearbox that most Z4s have to have; for this base version, there's also the option of manual transmission if you want to save a fraction and involve yourself in the driving experience a touch more. Around 70% of Z4 buyers are expected to go for this sDrive20i derivative, with the remainder of sales split between the two more powerful auto-only models that make up the rest of the range. On to rivals that compete directly with this sDrive20i variant. The most obvious competitor to what's on offer here is Audi's TT Roadster in base 40TFSI 194hp guise, which at first glance looks quite a lot cheaper, costing from around £33,500 - around £3,500 less than this directly comparable Z4 sDrive20i. BMW though, thinks that much of that difference would be eradicated if you equipped the Audi to match a Z4's level of spec. Perhaps. We'd be less inclined to consider the other direct option, the Mercedes SLC 200, which offers 184hp and in this form costs around £2,000 less than a Z4 sDrive20i. You might like the Merc if you retain an affection for the kind of metal-folding roof that the Z4 has now rejected. Otherwise though, the SLC's a rather aging design and, in comparison to this BMW, much less practical and somewhat unrewarding to drive.

Cost of Ownership

Let's get to the stats. Regardless of your choice between four cylinder auto models - either this sDrive20i or the sDrive30i - you're looking at up to 38.7mpg and up to 138g/km of CO2. These very creditable readings actually compare extremely well to the rival Audi TT, though the fairly small plastic fuel tank's relatively small size - 52-litres - rather disguises the fact. In theory, a touring range of up to around 500 miles is possible. Across the range, various 'EfficientDynamics' technologies are used to keep running costs in check. There's an engine 'Auto Start-Stop' system, as you would expect. And at highway speeds, the cruise control can seamlessly de-couple the engine from the transmission to reduce friction and consequently save fuel. Of course the driver will also need to do his or her part. The figures we've just quoted assume that the car is being run in the 'Drive Performance Control' system's most frugal 'ECO PRO' mode. In this setting, the air conditioning and power steering only work when required to save energy. Optimised aerodynamics obviously make a significant difference to economy too. BMW has developed what it calls 'Air Breathers' and 'Air Curtains', these devices respectively located behind and ahead of the front wheel arches, their purpose being to reduce turbulence - and therefore drag - in the area around the front wheels.

Summary

So what's been delivered here? A Porsche Boxster-beater? Not really. That might be what the magazines wanted but I'm not sure that likely owners are that bothered by such a comparison. This isn't the uncompromised driver's machine that its Porsche rival can be, but it gets close enough to that benchmark for many likely owners to start prioritising the lower pricing, nicer cabin and stronger standards of safety that you get with this Munich model. BMW has been building roadsters for over 80 years - and it shows with this third generation design, a car that's matured extremely well, slowly and methodically developing into an all-rounder that's tough to beat. It's annoying though, that you have to spend so much more to get the Adaptive M suspension we think this car really needs for the completion of its ride and handling package. What it all means is that though the Z4 might not be the first car you look at when choosing a sports roadster, look at it you must. It's now just too good not to.

PRACTICALITY BE DAMMED (family) 29/03/2019

June Neary revels in BMW's Z4 roadster

Will It Suit Me?

As a second car, BMW's Z4 is hard to beat if you simply want a roadster for fun in the sun. It comes with the kind of image that you either love or hate: fortunately, I've always found this car rather appealing. The latest version has a proper fabric roof and looks more dynamic than ever before. The only problem of course is that this is reflected in the asking prices..

Practicalities

Every Z4 I've tried has been screwed together as impressively as a top 7 Series. In truth, the Z4 could afford to be nothing less than perfect in this respect. Its job is as an image-maker for cars like the 3 Series, many of whose mechanicals it still shares. Inside, you get the nicest and classiest interior you'll find in any small roadster on sale; if anything, it's almost too sophisticated for what's supposed to be a back-to-basics sports car. Most of the fixtures and fittings are lifted from BMW's luxury saloons, including the 10.25-inch centre-dash and instrument binnacle screens that make up the Bavarian brand's sophisticated 'Live Cockpit Professional' package. Apart from that, what struck me most was the roominess of the cabin, which is one of the things that makes this car feel so everyday-usable. There's a reasonably-sized 281-litre boot. You won't really want to drive a car like this with the roof up any more than you actually have to. And once you fold back that top (in just 10 seconds), it's funny what fresh air does for you. Other likes include the positive steering, the snappy 8-speed auto gearbox on the sDrive20i version I tried and the excellent roadholding and grip. There's hardly any space inside of course - but then practicalities aren't much of an issue when you're considering a roadster. This is, after all, hardly the most logical means of conveyance. Roadsters are evocative, nostalgic and emotional. But they're also cramped, noisy and short of any kind of serious carrying capacity. As you'd expect for the premium money being asked, everything is beautifully built from the highest quality materials. Plus the extra head, shoulder and elbow room that have been built into this MK3 Z4 model give it a far airier cabin feel than rival Audi TT or Mercedes SLC competitors.

Behind the Wheel

All three petrol engines certainly satisfy on the aural front, whether you choose the 197hp sDrive20i, the 258hp sDrive30i or the 340hp twin-turbo 3.0-litre M40i variant. From the crackle at start-up to the metallic-edged bark under hard acceleration, this Z4 sounds race-bred. The top M40i derivative sprints to 62mph in just 4.6s and has to be artificially restrained at 155mph. You're probably going to want to pay extra for adaptive damping - only the M40i gets the Adaptive M Sport suspension package as standard, along with an electronically controlled 'M Sport differential' for extra cornering traction. The way the suspension interacts with the steering, the throttle and the differential is key to the way this car responds dynamically, so proactive use of the provided drive modes is crucial if you're pressing on. Do that and you'll find that this car lacks the razor-sharp steering responses of a rival Porsche 718 Boxster but the helm is quick and accurate, which in combination with superb front-end traction means that corners can be attacked with surprising confidence.

Value For Money

List prices suggest that, allowing for a few well-chosen extras, you'll probably be paying somewhere in the £37,000 to £50,000 bracket for your Z4, the same kind of money Mercedes will ask of you for a comparable SLC and much the same as you'd pay for a fabric-topped Audi TT Roadster. If you're looking at either the sDrive30i or the M40i, you'll find that you'll pay around £6,000 more for a comparable Porsche 718 Boxster.

Could I Live With One?

Of course I could - and so could you if one appeared in your driveway. No, in terms of pure handling, it's not the best roadster you can buy. But people like me - and I suspect you - don't buy roadsters just on the basis of handling. BMW have recognised that there are far wider issues at stake in the purchase of a car like this and have designed the Z4 to suit. As ever, they've done the job brilliantly.

ENOUGH Z? (new2) 29/03/2019

BMW's back in the roadster market with this third generation Z4. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

BMW knows a thing or two about roadsters and this third generation Z4 is one of its best. It may not be the sharpest car in its class to drive but on the right day, in the right mood on the right road, you may not care. The engines are efficient and willing, the looks are stunning and the feeling you get behind the wheel still makes you feel twenty years younger. This, it seems, is a Z that might be very hard to catch.

Background

It took BMW some time to discover a profitable sweet spot in the roadster segment but the Munich maker got there in the end. Having first brought us an exclusive low volume model in this sector (the Z1 of 1989), the brand finally launched an affordable volume contender (the 'E36'-series Z3 of 1995). That sold well enough to be replaced by the slightly larger and more mature first generation 'E85'-series Z4 in 2002. Which itself was replaced by a second generation metal folding-roof 'E89'-series Z4 design in 2009. With the history lesson completed, let's acquaint you with what we're looking at here, a MK3 'G29'-series Z4 model launched in late 2018 after development shared with the new-era Toyota Supra. It claims to be something its direct predecessor really wasn't - a really serious driver's car. A really serious Porsche 718 Boxster rival. A really serious roadster? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

Sporting BMWs may have been inseparably associated with six cylinder engines down the years but the key powerplants on offer in this 'G29'-series Z4 line-up squirt fuel into the quartet of cylinders boasted by a TwinPower Turbo 2.0-litre unit that's offered in two states of tune. The 197hp sDrive 20i and 258bhp sDrive 30i variants are more powerful than the models they most directly replace; even the sDrive 20i can make 62mph from rest in just 6.6s on the way to 149mph. At the top of the range, you can have a traditional BMW straight-six unit, courtesy of the 340hp unit fitted to the flagship M40i derivative, which sprints to 62mph in 4.6s and has to be artificially restrained at 155mph. You can talk to your dealer about a manual version of the base sDrive 20i, but otherwise, all variants come fitted with an 8-speed Steptronic Sport auto gearbox with gearshift paddles. You're probably going to want to pay extra for adaptive damping - only the M40i gets it as standard, along with uprated brakes and an electronically controlled differential lock. The way the suspension interacts with the steering, the throttle and the differential is key to the way this car responds dynamically, so proactive use of the provided drive modes is crucial if you're pressing on.

Design and Build

Perhaps the biggest news from a design point of view is the decision to replace the previous model's metal folding roof with a fabric top. The change really was a no-brainer. The new soft roof operates in around ten seconds, about twice as quick as the previous tin top. Plus it lets in less noise on the move and slightly lowers the centre of gravity. More practically, it allows for the same amount of luggage space whether the roof is up or down (265-litres) instead of the previous car's 310-litre roof-up / 180-litre roof-down unhappy compromise. In proper roadster style, there are no rear seats. At the wheel, it's nicer than a 718 Boxster, which is presumably what BMW was aiming at. The level of fit and finish are almost faultless and there's a lot more interior space and storage than you'd expect to find in a roadster. There's also plenty of evidence that the Z4 has entered the digital age. You get the same fully digital instrument cluster that's found on the brand's latest 3 Series and 8 Series models. And a huge 10.25-inch centre-dash iDrive infotainment screen. This features an adaptive navigation system, a hard-drive-based multimedia system, two USB ports, plus Bluetooth and Wi-Fi interfaces.

Market and Model

List prices suggest that, allowing for a few well-chosen extras, you'll probably be paying somewhere in the £39,000 to £51,000 bracket for your Z4. Almost all BMW's business here is done with the four cylinder 2.0-litre petrol engine that powers the sDrive20i and 30i variants, leading to an average Z4 purchase price in the £40,000 to £45,000 bracket. There's an £8,500 step up from the sDrive 30i to the M40i, so you've really got to want that flagship model's six cylinder engine. The list of options includes Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, plus there are various Driving Assistant systems, as well as a BMW's 'Parking Assistant' package, including a 'Reversing Assistant' feature that can reverse the car back automatically along the path just taken. This Z4 is also the first roadster to be made available (as an option) with a Head-Up Display. Safety can be given a further boost by opting for the Adaptive LED headlights. And with the optional Comfort or Comfort Plus packages fitted, the soft-top can be operated using the car key. The ambient lighting, fitted as standard, brings a particularly atmospheric mood to the cabin. LED fibre-optic guides light up the instrument panel's accent strips on either side of the steering wheel and provide indirect illumination of the centre console's edging, accentuating the areas of the cockpit of most importance for focused driving.

Cost of Ownership

These days, even barnstorming sports cars need to keep running costs in check while treating the environment with kid gloves. The Z4 does a better job of this than you'd credit for a car in such a lofty performance bracket, mainly thanks the BMW's EfficientDynamics programme. Thanks to this, assuming you keep an eye on the optimal gearshift indicator, you should be able to get somewhere close to a combined cycle fuel figure which for the four cylinder engine is quoted at around 49mpg on the combined cycle, whichever state of tune you order it in - sDrive20i or 30i. And 138g/km of CO2. As for the six cylinder M40i model, well you're looking at 33.2mpg and 165g/km. Routine maintenance is dictated by 'Condition Based Servicing' that monitors oil level and engine wear, taking into account how long it's been and how far the car has travelled since its previous garage visit. To help plan ahead for the cost of regular work, at point of purchase you'll be offered a 'BMW Service Inclusive' package that lasts for three years and 36,000 miles. BMW offers a warranty that lasts for three years, no matter how many miles you complete.

Summary

For the magazines, the definition of success for this MK3 model Z4 will lie in whether it handles just like the equivalent Porsche Boxster. But for most potential owners, that won't be the over-riding priority. BMW has been building roadsters for over 80 years - and it shows with this third generation design, a model that's matured extremely well, slowly and methodically developing into an all-rounder that's tough to beat. In fact, I can't help feeling that this is probably the ideal car of its kind for most potential buyers. True, it isn't the driver's machine that its Porsche rival can be but it gets close enough for many likely customers to start prioritising the lower pricing and nicer cabin that you get with this Munich model. What it all means is that though the Z4 might not be the first car you look at when choosing a sports roadster, look at it you must. It's now just too good not to.


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