If you happen to be on the market for a luxury sports car that doesn’t beg for corner carving, but instead pleads for relaxed cruising with the wind in your hair, the BMW Z4 is more than fitting.
The compact convertible segment of the Canadian auto market has seen many entrants engineered to produce sheer fun. But the German automaker that is BMW has arguably hit the sweet spot with the BMW Z4; a car that lands squarely in the middle of the roadster playground. The upscale convertible with a retractable hardtop roof offers the best of both words – it’s not a nimble, but cramped traditional sports car, nor is it a grand-touring drop top with a big engine and an even bigger price tag. In fact, it is ideally placed in between the two.
Sufficiently Quick And Playful
…yet, not overly so. That would be the perfect description of the Z4’s performance, courtesy of a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engine that puts out 240 horsepower. While slightly underpowered for its class, the base engine provides good acceleration and also comes paired with rear-wheel drive. Add a standard six-speed manual transmission and an available eight-speed automatic and the fun is just getting started. There are also two stronger twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engines available in higher trim levels. They each produce 300 and 335 horsepower, respectively, and are paired with a seven-speed automated manual transmission.
More Space Than You’d Expect
The Z4 boasts a spacious interior with plenty of legroom, even for tall adults. Seeing how it is a hard-top convertible, it can only seat two people and has an attractive interior design. All of the materials used on the interior are of extremely high quality and have a premium feel to them. There is a small storage space behind the seats for driver and passenger convenience, and you might be surprised to learn that the Z4’s trunk space is above-average for its class. The cabin is handsome, eye-catching and expertly put together, in addition to including numerous tech features as standard. Examples include rain-sensing windshield wipers, a power-folding hard top, dual-zone automatic climate control, USB port and Bluetooth. The instrument cluster is very easy to read and the dashboard controls are simple and easy to use.
Used Z4 Options
Keep in mind that the Z4 went out of production in 2016, as well as that the car’s second generation began with the 2009 model year. This means that you will be able to save money on an older model while, at the same time, getting many of the Z4’s styling and features. It did not undergo significant changes in its second generation and that is a good thing in terms of getting more car for your money. Remember that you’ll need to go for a 2012 or later model in order to benefit from the most recent base engine.
A Particular Benefit Of Wanting A Used BMW
The great thing about this German automaker is that it also offers certified pre-owned vehicles. That said, they must meet specific requirements to qualify and that drives up the price a bit higher than some other used cars. For example, there are a total of three levels of the BMW CPO program based on the number of miles the vehicle was driven and its age. Those levels are Pre-Owned, Certified Pre-Owned and Certified Pre-Owned Elite. While Pre-Owned BMWs don’t receive any additional coverage, Certified Pre-Owned models receive an additional two-year/80,500-kilometre warranty, and Certified Pre-Owned Elite vehicles are given an additional one-year/40,000-kilometre warranty. Overall, the BMW Z4 is a great car to own whether in mind condition or used so consider investing in it if you’re on the market for a luxury compact convertible.