The BMW Z4 is a high-quality sports car that’s satisfying rather than truly thrilling to drive. The Z4 roadster sells two seats that strap on top of a capable chassis, behind turbo-4 or turbo-6 engines. It’s small, sporty-looking, handles well enough, packs strong engines and drops its top. It’s great for someone looking for a sporty ride that doesn’t need much room. This premium roadster leans more toward comfort, tech, and straight-line acceleration than handling.
The 2022 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 turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 255 horsepower and 294 lb-ft of torque. The sDrive M40i comes equipped with a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder that’s rated at 382 hp and 368 lb-ft. An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission choice.
There’s space for tall drivers to hunker down and get comfortable. The driver’s seat can be raised to give smaller people an equally good view out. The steering wheel comes with height and reach adjustment as standard to make sure you get an unobstructed view of the Z4’s digital driver’s display.
The BMW Z4 comes with just two seats. They’re very supportive, have a decent amount of adjustment and come with thickly padded bolsters to hold you tightly in place in corners.
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.
Wide kidney grilles stand in contrast to taller intakes found in other BMW models, and the headlights drape back toward the wheel wells. Various strakes and intakes hint at underhood performance, while neat taillights tighten up the rear.