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2020 BMW Z4

What’s new

  • M40i model powered by a turbocharged six-cylinder is now available
  • Part of the third Z4 generation introduced for 2019

Pros & Cons

  • Classic roadster experience with modern conveniences
  • Larger-than-expected cargo space
  • Quiet and calm interior with the top up or down
  • Surprisingly 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
MSRP Range
$49,700 - $63,700
MSRP Starting at
$49,700
Edmunds Suggested Price as low as
$49,120
Edmunds Suggests You Pay
$49,120 - $64,138

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MSRP Range
$49,700 - $63,700
MSRP Starting at
$49,700
Edmunds Suggested Price as low as
$49,120
Edmunds Suggests You Pay
$49,120 - $64,138

Save as much as $4,957
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2020 BMW Z4 Review

We were glad to see the BMW Z4 return last year after a three-year hiatus. Only a few automakers these days build reasonably sized two-seater convertibles, so you have to appreciate the ones that do. Here's a car that's nimble and well-built and can quickly drop its top to let the sun shine down.

In 2019, the Z4 was only available with a turbocharged 255-horsepower four-cylinder engine. While the Z4 isn't exactly slow with this engine, it doesn't really feel like it's fulfilling its potential either. Thankfully, BMW has added a six-cylinder engine to the 2020 lineup. The new M40i pumps out 382 horsepower and provides the type of pulse-raising acceleration expected from a luxury sport convertible.

Even before the addition of the upgraded engine, though, we liked the Z4 — and we still do. It offers a sporty driving experience right alongside a comfortable highway ride and a relatively practical interior and cargo layout. The Porsche 718 Boxster still has it beat when it comes to sheer on-track capability, but the 2020 BMW Z4 is a top competitor in a limited field. Anyone interested in some smile-inducing top-down motoring should definitely take one for a warm-weather test drive.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
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Our verdict

7.4 / 10
The new Z4 is faster and more powerful than before, and the added performance doesn't come at a cost at the gas pump. The interior 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 engine loses steam at the top end, and the chassis feels loose on all but the most pristine of roads.

How does it drive?

7.5
Driving the Z4 is a mixed-bag experience. The 0-60 mph time was a brisk 5.3 seconds and the engine has good midrange punch. 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 low-speed modulation is problematic because 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. On our evaluation loop, the Z4 never felt planted, and the stiffer Sport mode seemed to make it worse. The rear end felt constantly unsettled, but not in an entertaining sort of way.

How comfortable is it?

7.5
Even with the optional adaptive M Sport suspension, ride quality and comfort depend highly on road conditions. The Z4 cruised well on the highway, even over less than perfect pavement. That said, the seats sit 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.

How’s the interior?

7.5
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.

How’s the tech?

7.5
BMW's infotainment system is robust, but it may take a while for new owners 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 Apple CarPlay only; Android Auto isn't available. There's only one USB port, though an optional wireless charging pad slightly makes 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 is aggressive and honestly best left disengaged.

How’s the storage?

7.0
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 have 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 because the cupholders are tucked away in the center console, you'll have to decide whether you'll have an armrest or hold your drink in hand.

How economical is it?

8.5
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.

Is it a good value?

8.0
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. There's a solid feel to all the controls, 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.

Wildcard

7.0
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 the driving was 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.

Which Z4 does Edmunds recommend?

Whether you go with the base Z4 sDrive30i or the more powerful sDrive M40i, you get a long list of standard features and a good number of available options. As such, your decision largely comes down to whether you can justify paying the significantly higher price for the M40i. We say try to get the M40i if you can since its substantial power increase better matches the car's styling and personality.

BMW Z4 models

The 2020 BMW Z4 is a rear-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, 368 lb-ft). Both are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Standard sDrive30i feature highlights include LED headlights, a wind deflector, keyless ignition, automatic climate control, SensaTec simulated leather upholstery, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, a navigation system, Apple CarPlay and two USB ports. Advanced safety features include frontal collision warning/mitigation and a traffic sign reader.

A variety of option packages allow you to further load up the Z4 with features. Notable choices include the Driving Assistance package (blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning); the Premium package (heated seats, a wireless charging pad, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a head-up display); and the Executive package (premium leather upholstery, adaptive headlights and a premium sound system). There's also a Track Handling package that equips the Z4 with upgraded brakes, an M Sport differential and an adaptive suspension.

The sDrive M40i adds the Track Handling package's performance extras plus the aforementioned six-cylinder engine. The M40i is eligible for most of the same option packages as the standard sDrive 30i.


Consumer reviews

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Average user rating: 4.5 stars based on 2 total reviews

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5 out of 5 stars, It's very fun to drive
Sanfordrich,
sDrive M40i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

I purchased a Misano Blue M40i (the 6 cylinder) around Aug 1. I wanted a roadster and considered a Porsche Boxster but decided the BMW was the better value. I have not regretted the decision. The BMW is a blast to drive. I think its very attractive and it even sounds good. It is very quick and responsive. A manual transmission is important to some folks but not to me. If I want to manually shift, I can use the paddle shifters but the automatic is very quick. I appreciate all the convenience and safety options I ordered it with. A Porsche Boxster loaded up with comparable options would be tens of thousands of dollars more. I also considered a Miata, but I liked the over all size, trunk capacity and performance of the Z4.

4 out of 5 stars, Sharp!
Marc,
sDrive30i 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

Only thing missing is a stick! Loses a little bit of the driving experience

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Features & Specs

sDrive M40i 2dr Convertible features & specs
sDrive M40i 2dr Convertible
3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A
MSRP$63,700
MPG 24 city / 31 hwy
SeatingSeats 2
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower382 hp @ 5500 rpm
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sDrive30i 2dr Convertible features & specs
sDrive30i 2dr Convertible
2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A
MSRP$49,700
MPG 24 city / 32 hwy
SeatingSeats 2
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower254 hp @ 5000 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Z4 safety features:

Frontal Collision Warning
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 the blind spot.
Lane Departure Warning
Warns if the vehicle begins to drift out of its marked lanes.

BMW Z4 vs. the competition

BMW Z4 vs. Porsche 718 Boxster

At its top-end trim levels, the Porsche 718 Boxster is significantly more expensive than the Z4, even if you load the Z4 up with a bunch of optional extras. But that extra money gets a thoroughly entertaining sports car. The Boxster is seriously quick and well-balanced and continues to set the standard for luxury two-seat convertibles.

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BMW Z4 vs. Audi TT

The Audi TT is one of the sportiest and most precise vehicles in its class. It's a blast to drive on twisting back roads or on an open racetrack. And if you're looking for a bit of practicality, it's got that too in the form of standard all-wheel drive. The interior is well-built, and it's relatively comfortable for a vehicle with such excellent driving dynamics. Picking between the Z4 and the TT may be a decision that comes down to personal preference.

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BMW Z4 vs. Jaguar F-Type

At the base end of its lineup, the two-seat Jaguar F-Type is relatively affordable. It matches up well with the Z4 in terms of fun and available equipment. And if you're looking for a high-performance option, the Jaguar has several optional powertrains worth checking out. Unfortunately, the F-Type is not as comfortable as the Z4, and its infotainment system is dated.

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FAQ
Is the BMW Z4 a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Z4 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.4 out of 10. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2020 Z4 gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 2 reviews) You probably care about BMW Z4 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Z4 gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg to 27 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 2020 BMW Z4?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 BMW Z4:

  • M40i model powered by a turbocharged six-cylinder is now available
  • 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 5-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2020 BMW Z4 a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 BMW Z4 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 Z4 and gave it a 7.4 out of 10. Our consumer reviews show that the 2020 Z4 gets an average rating of 5 stars out of 5 (based on 2 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Z4 is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2020 BMW Z4?

The least-expensive 2020 BMW Z4 is the 2020 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:

  • sDrive M40i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $63,700
  • sDrive30i 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $49,700
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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 sDrive M40i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and sDrive30i 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of Z4 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 BMW Z4

2020 BMW Z4 Overview

The 2020 BMW Z4 is offered in the following submodels: Z4 Convertible. Available styles include sDrive M40i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and sDrive30i 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A).

What do people think of the 2020 BMW Z4?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 BMW Z4 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Z4 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. 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 2020 Z4.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 BMW Z4 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 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 2020 BMW Z4?
2020 BMW Z4 sDrive M40i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2020 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 $73,645. The average price paid for a new 2020 BMW Z4 sDrive M40i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $4,957 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,957 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $68,688.

The average savings for the 2020 BMW Z4 sDrive M40i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is 6.7% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 1 2020 BMW Z4 sDrive M40i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 BMW Z4 sDrive30i 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2020 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 2020 BMW Z4 sDrive30i 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $4,412 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,412 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $46,283.

The average savings for the 2020 BMW Z4 sDrive30i 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 8.7% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 12 2020 BMW Z4 sDrive30i 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

Which 2020 BMW Z4s are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2020 BMW Z4?

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