2021 BMW Z4

MSRP range: $49,700 - $63,700
MSRP$50,695
Edmunds suggests you pay$49,881

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2021 BMW Z4 Review

  • Classic roadster experience with modern conveniences
  • Larger-than-expected cargo space
  • Quiet interior with the top up or down
  • Roomy cabin
  • Not quite as exciting as it could be
  • Brakes grab at low speeds, making it hard to stop smoothly
  • Thick pillars compromise outward visibility
  • Poor in-cabin storage
  • Android Auto and satellite radio are standard
  • Other minor changes to feature availability
  • Part of the third Z4 generation introduced for 2019
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This Z4 is spacious and quiet, especially for a convertible. The top itself doesn't take up much room in the trunk either. Unfortunately, the Z4 isn't as fun as we hoped it'd be. The four-cylinder engine loses steam at the top end, and the chassis feels loose on all but the most pristine of roads.
Driving the Z4 is a mixed-bag experience. The Z4 sDrive30i we tested accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in a brisk 5.3 seconds. The engine has good midrange punch too, which is nice for making a pass on a highway. But it can feel sluggish off the line unless you're using the Z4's launch control, and it loses steam toward the top of the rev band. The brakes provide impressive stopping power, but at low speeds, the Z4 is often difficult to stop smoothly in everyday traffic. As in many modern BMWs, the steering is mostly devoid of feeling, but it's quick and direct and stable on the highway.

On smooth roads the Z4 performs well, but less than perfect pavement can quickly upset it. The Z4 feels unsettled when you're driving on a bumpy road, and the stiffer Sport mode seems to make the stability worse.
Even with the optional adaptive M Sport suspension, ride quality and comfort depend highly on road conditions. The Z4 cruises well on the highway, even over less than perfect pavement. That said, the seats are mounted so close to the rear axle that any bounces you do feel are fairly pronounced. The seats are shaped well, but we'd prefer more lateral support. The climate control works quickly and evenly, though there's no convenient way to sync the dual-zone system.

The most impressive part might be the Z4's relatively quiet cabin with the top up, especially for a convertible. You won't have to shout just to have a conversation on the highway, and the lack of a roof didn't seem to cause any unnecessary vibrations or rattles.
The Z4's interior is surprisingly roomy for a car this small, a boon for taller drivers looking for an occasional open-air experience. Unlike some other convertibles, you won't feel claustrophobic with the top raised. The Z4 is at or near the top of the class when it comes to headroom, shoulder room and legroom. The power-operating top moves quickly, and, when stored, doesn't eat up any cargo room in the trunk. The windshield pillar and steep windshield are something to watch out for when getting inside with the top down.

The driving position is fine, though the tall hood and doors do make you feel hunkered down in the car. Because the infotainment controls take up a large portion of the center console, the cupholders have been hidden away in the center console, a bit inconvenient since there's no good place to rest your arm.
BMW's infotainment system is robust, but it may take you a while to learn the ins and outs of the system. Voice controls work surprisingly well. The system isn't as refined as the latest one from Mercedes-Benz, but it's better than the older system that's in current Mercedes convertibles. BMW offers both wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is still a bit of a rarity for the class. There's only one USB port, though an optional wireless charging pad can ostensibly make up for the lack of ports. The audio system is fine and provides plenty of volume with the top down, but the audio quality, even on the upgraded system, is just a bit above average.

The Z4's adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring work well, though the lane-centering system can be too aggressive with its steering corrections.
One of the best things the Z4 has going for it is the power-operating convertible top. Unlike many other convertibles, the top takes up no cargo space when lowered, a huge plus for those who've dealt with intrusive tops in the past.

Unfortunately, cabin storage for small items can't quite match the trunk space. The door pockets are small, and the cargo net behind the seats doesn't hold items in place very well. And you'll have to decide whether you'll have an armrest or hold your drink in hand because the cupholders are tucked away in the center console.
The Z4 sDrive30i is rated at 27 mpg combined (24 city/32 highway), good numbers for a performance car. On our 117-mile evaluation loop, the Z4 matched its 27 mpg combined rating. Fuel efficiency of turbocharged four-cylinder engines are often highly sensitive to driving style, and the Z4 is no exception.
The Z4 looks and feels like a quality vehicle, with a relatively clean design and a premium feel to all the controls. It feels less spartan or bare than some rivals. And despite the lack of a fixed roof, we didn't notice any rattles or squeaks during our tests. Pricing and features are good for the class, with other German rivals offering fewer features at much higher MSRPs.

The warranty is above average for the class and should help alleviate some of the concerns about maintenance costs when it comes to German luxury cars.
Despite the sharp looks and strong performance figures, the Z4 isn't as much fun to drive as you might hope. The dead steering and twitchy rear end don't inspire the sort of confidence you want from a sports car. If canyon carving is your thing, we suggest looking at something like a Porsche Boxster.

We enjoyed the Z4 the most when driving at a relaxed cruising speed. The sizable cargo area and quiet cabin help it feel right at home on the highway or a winding coastal drive.

Americans are pretty much in love with trucks and SUVs, but that hasn't stopped a few automakers from keeping small sporty roadsters alive. One of them is BMW and its Z4. In fact, BMW redesigned this convertible just a couple of years ago. As such, the 2021 BMW Z4 is brimming with the newest and greatest tech features such as an automated parking system, a high-definition touchscreen and — new for 2021 — Android Auto smartphone integration compatibility. We also like the Z4's spunky base engine, spacious interior and exceptional noise isolation.

The Z4's main rivals include the tech-laden Audi TT, the sleek Jaguar F-Type and the sport-focused Porsche 718 Boxster. You might also consider the recently redesigned Chevrolet Corvette, which is better than ever. This is some tough competition, to be sure, but the Z4 holds its own with a solid list of accomplishments. To read more about what we think of the Z4, check out our Expert Rating below.

Which Z4 does Edmunds recommend?

You won't feel let down by the standard sDrive30i — it packs plenty of torque and quick acceleration. That said, the growl and thrust of the sDrive M40i's six-cylinder are intoxicating. If you can make the numbers work, the M40i will provide a more visceral sports car experience. On the options list, the Premium package stands out for its low price and wealth of added equipment.

BMW Z4 models

The 2021 BMW Z4 is a rear-wheel-drive two-seat roadster that is available in two trim levels: sDrive30i and sDrive M40i. The sDrive30i is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (255 horsepower, 295 lb-ft of torque). The sDrive M40i steps up to a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder (382 hp, 369 lb-ft). Both are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Feature highlights include:

sDrive30i
The four-cylinder sDrive30i starts you off with:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels with summer performance tires
  • LED headlights
  • Automatic wipers
  • Auto-dimming mirrors
  • Digital instrument panel
  • Push-button start
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Imitation leather upholstery

Standard tech features include:

  • Navigation system
  • 10.25-inch center touchscreen
  • 10-speaker audio system
  • Satellite radio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration (with wireless connectivity)
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)

sDrive M40i
Besides the more powerful engine, the sDrive M40i adds:

  • Dynamic Handling package (detailed below)
  • Keyless entry
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Lumbar adjustment for front seats

As with most BMWs, the Z4 is available with a staggering number of packages and stand-alone options. These include:

  • Driving Assistance package
    • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
    • Blind-spot monitoring (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
    • Parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible in front of or behind the vehicle when parking)
    • Automated parking system (steers into a parking spot with little or no driver intervention)
  • Convenience package
    • Driving Assistance package
    • Keyless entry
    • Lumbar adjustment for front seats
  • Premium package
    • Convenience package
    • Heated front seats
    • Wireless charging pad
    • Wi-Fi hotspot
    • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line onto the windshield)
  • Executive package
    • Premium package
    • Adaptive headlights (swivel as you turn the steering wheel for better illumination in curves)
    • Ambient lighting
    • Leather upholstery
    • 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system
  • M Sport package
    • 18- or 19-inch wheels
    • Aerodynamic body kit
    • Sport suspension (adaptive suspension optional)
    • Sport steering wheel
  • Dynamic Handling package
    • M Sport package
    • Upgraded brakes
    • Sport differential
    • Adaptive suspension
  • 19-inch wheels
  • Remote engine start
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Ambient lighting
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the BMW and the car in front)

Consumer reviews

There are no consumer reviews for the 2021 BMW Z4.


2021 BMW Z4 video

[MUSIC PLAYING] MARK TAKAHASHI: In the mid 1990s, BMW came out with a new roadster called the Z3. It was fun, it was light, it was lively. I was a big fan, especially of the Z3M, which had a lot more power. The follow-up, the Z4, was a bit of a disappointment for me. It felt heavy, disconnected. Kind of took me out of the equation. And that was a bummer. And the follow-ups to the Z4, well, they kind of suffered the same fate. But what we have here is the all new 2019 BMW Z4. And I'm here in Portugal to find out if it can reclaim some of that fun spirit that the Z3 had. [MUSIC PLAYING] Before I get too deep into the Z4, do me a favor and hit subscribe. We've got a lot of content coming your way. When this goes on sale in March, we're expecting the base Z4 30i to start right around $50,000. That's going to have a two liter turbocharged 4-cylinder puts out 255 horsepower. This, however, is the Z4 M40i. It has a three liter inline six turbo charge that puts out 382 horsepower. With that spec, as well as the lightweight nature of this roadster, there's a lot of potential for this to be a lot of fun. The best way to find out is to take it for a spin. [MUSIC PLAYING] 382 horsepower. On paper, that's pretty impressive, but honestly, it doesn't feel like it has that much power. It's got power to pass. But I think takes a little while for the turbo to spool up, so it's not a lot of punch right when you hit the pedal. And that's OK. I mean, it's comfortable. It's not a full on sports car. But I did expect a little more. Otherwise, I mean, it's a very pleasant driving car. There's not a lot to knock it for. With the top up, it's fairly quiet. At highway speeds, there is some whistling, but I actually think it's coming off the mirrors, not so much the top itself. There's a decent amount of road noise, but you kind of expect that with a roadster, any roadster. And the handling, well, it's pretty sharp. Like most cars today, there's very little steering feel, but most drivers nowadays don't know what steering feel is. The ride quality is pretty good. You feel what you should feel in a roadster like this. It's not jarring, and it's not too soft either. It's well tuned. For normal touring like what I'm doing right now, the brakes feel good. It's an adequately firm pedal, but had the opportunity to turn a few laps at Esteril yesterday in the Z4 and in that setting, the brake pedal actually felt a little soft. The seat comfort is good. I've got good lateral support, and it's not overly aggressive. It should fit a variety of people. What I want to do now is check out the top. Let's see. Let's see how long it takes. That was pretty quick. Oh, I'm also hearing a nice little turbo whoosh with a top down. The buffeting's not too bad. We're not at highway speeds. We're kind of, what is this? 72 kilometers an hour. Does that come out to about 40 something? We do have that wind screen installed. And it's pretty easy to see out of. With the top down, it doesn't really change the character that much. It is really pleasant. Like a lot of BMWs the traction control is pretty well tuned. On track yesterday when we're really pushing it hard, it'll let you hang the tail out just a little bit. And as long as you stay in the throttle, it'll let you hold it there. Once you exceed those parameters though, it will snap you right back in line, and that's a good thing. I really didn't have that much desire to disable stability control, even on track. One thing I'm not too hot on is the lane keep assist. It's really aggressive, and it felt like I was fighting the wheel, even though I was still centered in the lane. And that's too bad, because I do like event safety systems, and I never like having to disable them because they're too aggressive or send out false alarms. Even though I like the power in this M40i, I was still hoping for a little more life out of it. I really think most drivers are going to be fine with the 30i. After driving this Z4 M40i on some epic roads in Portugal, I can say it is tons better than the previous Z4s. Is it as good as a Z3 and Z3M was before it? I don't think so. It's coming really close though. Maybe the Z4M, if and when that comes out, has a better chance. And in the class, it's competing against the new Porsche Boxster, which is also really fun, but the sound of that new engine just doesn't do it for me. They are both really great cars. It's just not getting me as excited as I was hoping to be. For more information on the Z4, as well as its competition, head on over to edmunds.com. To see more videos like this, hit subscribe. [MUSIC PLAYING]

2019 BMW Z4 First Drive

NOTE: This video is about the 2019 BMW Z4, but since the 2021 BMW Z4 is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.


Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$49,700
MPG & Fuel
25 City / 32 Hwy / 28 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.7 gal. capacity
Seating
2 seats
Drivetrain
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 255 hp @ 5000 rpm
Torque: 294 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 170.7 in. / Height: 51.4 in.
Overall Width with Mirrors: 79.7 in.
Overall Width without Mirrors: 73.4 in.
Curb Weight: 3287 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 9.9 cu.ft.

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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Z4 safety features:

Active Guard
Warns if a collision is imminent and applies the brakes if the driver doesn't react in time.
Active Blind-Spot Detection
Alerts the driver if a vehicle is lurking in a blind spot.
Lane Departure Warning
Warns if the vehicle begins to drift out of its marked lanes.


BMW Z4 vs. the competition

2021 BMW Z4

2021 BMW Z4

2021 Porsche 718 Boxster

2021 Porsche 718 Boxster

BMW Z4 vs. Porsche 718 Boxster

Even though its turbocharged four-cylinder lacks some character, the Porsche 718 Boxster otherwise sets the gold standard for the rest of the class. Its nimble handling and controlled ride are beyond reproach, as are its stellar interior materials and build quality. But it can get quite expensive when you add a bunch of options, of which there are many.

Compare BMW Z4 & Porsche 718 Boxster features 

BMW Z4 vs. Audi TT

Available as a four-seat coupe or two-seat convertible, the Audi TT is slightly more practical than the Z4. The TT comes standard with all-wheel drive, making it the rare drop-top that can shrug off inclement weather. The four-cylinder-powered TT isn't as powerful as the Z4 sDrive30i, but it's still fun to drive.

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BMW Z4 vs. Jaguar F-Type

If you want a sports car that causes onlookers to gawk, the Jaguar F-Type will oblige. Its striking shape has been enchanting since its 2014 debut, and the refreshed 2021 model updates the sleek design language with a futuristic touch. As is the case with the Z4, however, the driving enjoyment you get from it is underwhelming.

Compare BMW Z4 & Jaguar F-Type features 

FAQ

Is the BMW Z4 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Z4 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.5 out of 10. You probably care about BMW Z4 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Z4 gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg to 28 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Z4 has 9.9 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a BMW Z4. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 BMW Z4?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 BMW Z4:

  • Android Auto and satellite radio are standard
  • Other minor changes to feature availability
  • Part of the third Z4 generation introduced for 2019
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Is the BMW Z4 reliable?

To determine whether the BMW Z4 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Z4. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Z4's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 BMW Z4 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 BMW Z4 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Z4 and gave it a 7.5 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Z4 is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 BMW Z4?

The least-expensive 2021 BMW Z4 is the 2021 BMW Z4 sDrive30i 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $49,700.

Other versions include:

  • sDrive30i 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $49,700
  • sDrive M40i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $63,700
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What are the different models of BMW Z4?

If you're interested in the BMW Z4, the next question is, which Z4 model is right for you? Z4 variants include sDrive30i 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and sDrive M40i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of Z4 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 BMW Z4

2021 BMW Z4 Overview

The 2021 BMW Z4 is offered in the following submodels: Z4 Convertible. Available styles include sDrive30i 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and sDrive M40i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A). The 2021 BMW Z4 comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2021 BMW Z4 comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 BMW Z4?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 BMW Z4 and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Z4.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 BMW Z4 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Z4 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 BMW Z4?

2021 BMW Z4 sDrive30i 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 BMW Z4 sDrive30i 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $50,695. The average price paid for a new 2021 BMW Z4 sDrive30i 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $814 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $814 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $49,881.

The average savings for the 2021 BMW Z4 sDrive30i 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 1.6% below the MSRP.

2021 BMW Z4 sDrive M40i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 BMW Z4 sDrive M40i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $64,695. The average price paid for a new 2021 BMW Z4 sDrive M40i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $1,063 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,063 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $63,632.

The average savings for the 2021 BMW Z4 sDrive M40i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is 1.6% below the MSRP.

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What is the MPG of a 2021 BMW Z4?

2021 BMW Z4 sDrive30i 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
28 compined MPG,
25 city MPG/32 highway MPG

2021 BMW Z4 sDrive M40i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
25 compined MPG,
22 city MPG/30 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG28
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainrear wheel drive
Displacement2.0 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase97.2 in.
Length170.7 in.
WidthN/A
Height51.4 in.
Curb Weight3287 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 BMW Z4?

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