2014 BMW Z4

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BMW's Z4 is the mostly classically proportioned roadster on the market, with a miles-long hood, a pert rounded tail, and a narrow cabin set just ahead of the rear axle. The latest iteration, which debuted in 2011, saw the designers smooth out the sheetmetal, eliminating the swoops and slashes that marred the first-generation Z4. We thought the Z4-based Zagato Roadster shown at Pebble Beach last summer might have portended a new look for the production car. Instead, BMW has given its drop-top two-seater the mildest of updates for 2014.
Orange rush
Styling tweaks include a redesigned headlight cluster, which now features an LED strip atop the dual round headlights and available 18-inch wheels with a new V-spoke design. The most eye-catching change for 2013 is the optional Hyper Orange package ($950), which replaces last year's Citrus Yellow package. With it, you get Valencia orange exterior paint (other colors are available) and a black interior with orange accents. Alcantara trim panels on the doors and lower dash are orange (or, alternately, black), and orange stripes run down the center of the seats, while a metal-weave trim strip brightens the dash. The orange-and-black theme on our test car was taken a step further by the optional black top; fans of a contrasting-color roof can also choose silver.
The retractable hard top folds and stows in just under twenty seconds and can do so with the car on the move at up to 25 mph -- just make sure the divider in the trunk is in the correct position. With the top up, there's a decent amount of luggage space, but with the divider in place to allow top-down motoring, that total shrinks to just 6.4 cubic feet. If you want to drive al fresco, pack very light, or else your passenger will be traveling with their bag on their lap.
The Z4 interior carries over -- well, OK, there's new black trim around the vents and a new wood trim is available -- but the in-car electronics march ever forward. BMW's ConnectedDrive system now allows drivers to receive Internet radio stations via a linked iPhone; it also adds the capability to have Facebook and Twitter posts displayed on the navigation screen or read aloud. The latter doesn't exactly strike us as a good idea, however.
3 strengths
The Z4 continues to be offered in three strengths: 28i, with a 240-hp 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder; 35i, powered by a 300-hp 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder; and 35is, boasting a 335-hp version of the same turbo six. (All Z4 models also wear the sDrive label, indicating that they're rear-wheel drive.) Our test example was the 35is. Its extra power over the 35i comes with no fuel economy penalty -- it's rated at the same 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway. You do, however, lose the option of a manual transmission, as the 35is comes only with BMW's 7-speed M-DCT dual-clutch automatic, while the 35i also can be had with a 6-speed stick. With the manual, the 35i does get better gas mileage, up 2 mpg in both city and highway driving. Of course, the real mileage champ is the four-cylinder 28i, which nets 22 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.
The 335-hp engine and M-DCT gearbox do make for a potent combination, able to reach 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, and the straight six sounds great. A standard rocker switch can adjust the powertrain response among three settings: comfort, sport, and sport-plus; this feature is standard on all Z4 models.
The 35is adds Adaptive M suspension (it's optional as part of the sport package on lesser Z4s), and it, too, can be put in any of the same three settings. Whichever one you pick, the Z4 turns in sharply and has tons of grip, but the electric power steering is rather light and artificial. Overall, this car just doesn't have quite the of-a-piece quality that characterizes its Porsche Boxster competitor.
Tour time
Not every roadster buyer is seeking ultimate handling, however. The Z4, although plenty fast in 35is form, is more of a relaxed tourer. The low-slung seating position, the rakishly arced dashboard, and the hood stretching out ahead of you all work together to create that impression. Comfortable seats, a generously sized dead pedal, and a thick-rimmed steering wheel wrapped in soft leather help fulfill the promise.
The same is true, however, of the Z4 28i. And while it's not as quick as the 35is (taking 5.5 seconds to reach 60 mph), it gets much better mileage, is available with a manual or a super-smooth eight-speed automatic, and costs more than $15,000 less than the 35is. It just may be that the 28i is the model that best embodies the classic spirit of the Z4.

2014 BMW Z4 sDrive35is

On sale: Now
Base price: $65,695 (including destination)
Engine: 3.0L I-6 twin turbo
Horsepower: 335 hp @ 5900 rpm
Torque: 332 lb-ft @ 1500-4500 rpm
Drive: Rear-wheel
Curb Weight: 3549 lb
Fuel Economy: 17/24 mpg
2014 BMW Z4
2014 BMW Z4

New For 2014

Changes for 2014 are few. The headlights now incorporate the obligatory LED strip. BMW's ConnectedDrive system adds more capabilities, such as the ability to play Internet radio stations via a linked mobile phone or to have Facebook and Twitter posts displayed on the navigation screen or read aloud. The optional Hyper Orange package replaces last year's Citrus Yellow package. This orange-and-black themed trim package includes special paint, upholstery, and trim. Buyers can choose a contrast-painted roof in black or silver.

Vehicle Summary

More so than any other roadster on the market, the BMW Z4 is all about classicism. Check out its low-slung proportions and its ultra-long hood and short deck. The narrow, two-seat cockpit is set well back, just ahead of the rear axle. Not quite so traditional, however, is the retractable hard top where we might expect to find a fabric roof. The Z4 is currently in its second generation, and its styling is much more successful than that of the ungainly original.

Overview

BMW offers its rear-wheel-drive, two-seat roadster in three versions. The base Z4 28i uses the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder good for 240 hp. Next up is the Z4 35i, with the characteristic BMW straight six under the hood, turbocharged to deliver 300 hp. At the top is the Z4 35is, which has a more highly tuned version of that same six putting out 335 hp. All three versions have a standard rocker switch to adjust the powertrain response among three modes: comfort, sport, and sport-plus.

That switch also adjusts the suspension settings in cars equipped with the Adaptive M suspension; it's standard on the 35is and optional on the others. No matter the mode, the Z4 corners flatly and reacts quickly to steering inputs. Too bad the car's electrically assisted power steering is overly light and detached. Despite its capable handling, the Z4 is really more of a relaxed tourer, with comfortable seats and a well-finished interior. The retractable hard top seals out the elements, but it takes up much of the trunk space when stowed. We do, however, like the fact that the power top can be lowered even if you're moving along at slow speeds (provided the trunk compartment divider is in the correct position).

As to which version of the Z4 is best, here the race is not necessarily to the swift. Sure, the 35is is the fastest, ripping to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds. But the 35is comes only with the M-DCT automated manual gearbox, and we prefer the six-speed stick that can be had in either of the other two versions. (Those who don't want to do their own shifting should know that the Sport automatic in the 28i is smoother around town.) Choosing between the 35i and the 28i is harder: the 35i has that potent, great-sounding straight six, but the 28i gets better gas mileage and is a lot cheaper.

You'll like:

  • Responsive engines
  • Rakish driving position
  • Sexy styling

You won't like:

  • Trying to fit your luggage in the trunk
  • Climbing out of the low-slung seat
  • Explaining why you didn't get a Boxster

Key Competitors

  • Audi TT
  • Mercedes-Benz SLK
  • Nissan 370Z
  • Porsche Boxster

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2014 BMW Z4 Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
2.0L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
22 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
34 MPG
Horsepower:
240 hp @ 5000rpm
Torque:
260 ft lb of torque @ 1250rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
50,000 miles / 48 months
Powertrain
50,000 miles / 48 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Roadside
Unlimited miles / 48 months
Maintenance
50,000 miles / 48 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM
Summary
BMW of North America LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 320i, 328i, 320i xDrive, and 328i xDrive sedans; model year 2014 328i xDrive Sports Wagons; model year 2012-2013 528i and 528i xDrive sedans, model year 2013-2014 X1 sDrive28i and X1 xDrive28i vehicles and model year 2012-2014 Z4 sDrive28i roadsters. Due to insufficient lubrication, the vacuum pump that supplies brake power assistance may fail.
Consequences
A failure of the brake vacuum pump results in a reduction in braking power that could increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will modify the vehicles to prevent insufficient vacuum pump lubrication, free of charge. The safety recall began on January 31, 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer relations at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.
Potential Units Affected
76,191
Notes
BMW of North America, LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
Summary
BMW of North America LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 320i, 328i, 320i xDrive, and 328i xDrive sedans; model year 2014 328i xDrive Sports Wagons; model year 2012-2013 528i and 528i xDrive sedans, model year 2013-2014 X1 sDrive28i and X1 xDrive28i vehicles and model year 2012-2014 Z4 sDrive28i roadsters. Due to insufficient lubrication, the vacuum pump that supplies brake power assistance may fail.
Consequences
A failure of the brake vacuum pump results in a reduction in braking power that could increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will modify the vehicles to prevent insufficient vacuum pump lubrication, free of charge. The safety recall began on January 31, 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer relations at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.
Potential Units Affected
76,191
Notes
BMW of North America, LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:41
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM
Summary
BMW of North America LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Sports Wagon, 2012-2014 BMW 320i Sedan, 328i Sedan, 320i xDrive Sedan, 328i xDrive Sedan, 2012-2013 BMW 528i Sedan, 528i xDrive Sedan, 2013-2014 BMW X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle, 2013-2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle, 2012-2014 BMW Z4 sDrive28i Roadster, and 2014 BMW 428i Coupe, and 428i xDrive Coupe. Due to insufficient lubrication, the vacuum pump that supplies brake power assistance may fail. Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 13V-454.
Consequences
A failure of the brake vacuum pump results in a reduction in braking power that could increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will install a locking ring in the camshaft to retain the camshaft seal disk in the proper location, free of charge. The recall began on December 2, 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
Potential Units Affected
8,988
Notes
BMW of North America, LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:41
Component
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:POWER ASSIST:VACUUM:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
Summary
BMW of North America LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014 BMW 328i xDrive Sports Wagon, 2012-2014 BMW 320i Sedan, 328i Sedan, 320i xDrive Sedan, 328i xDrive Sedan, 2012-2013 BMW 528i Sedan, 528i xDrive Sedan, 2013-2014 BMW X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle, 2013-2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle, 2012-2014 BMW Z4 sDrive28i Roadster, and 2014 BMW 428i Coupe, and 428i xDrive Coupe. Due to insufficient lubrication, the vacuum pump that supplies brake power assistance may fail. Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 13V-454.
Consequences
A failure of the brake vacuum pump results in a reduction in braking power that could increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will install a locking ring in the camshaft to retain the camshaft seal disk in the proper location, free of charge. The recall began on December 2, 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
Potential Units Affected
8,988
Notes
BMW of North America, LLC


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2014 BMW Z4

Depreciation
50%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$26,941
50%
Insurance
$7,985
14.8%
Fuel Cost
$9,841
18.3%
Financing
$5,435
10.1%
Maintenance
$1,651
3.1%
Repair Costs
$1,439
2.7%
State Fees
$566
1.1%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $53,858 What's This?
Value Rating: Excellent