- Three trims with different engine options
- Standard power folding hardtop
- Price lowered in 2013
The 2014 BMW Z4 offers a potent combination of performance and luxury, and since last year, we can also add good value to that equation as well.
Last year, the Z4’s starting price fell while at the same time, adding more standard features. The price for a Z4 dropped $1,300, while power front seats with driver-side memory, aluminum trim, a universal garage door opener, and dual-zone automatic climate control were added to the standard features list.
Form the outside, the 2014 Z4 doesn’t depart from previous versions, with the signature BMW kidney grille leading the way and sharply sculpted lines peeling back across the hood. The Z4 has the profile of a classic roadster with a long, sloped hood giving way to a two-seat passenger compartment. A power retractable hardtop offers both protection against rain and wind, or folds down to let the rays in on nicer days. 17-inch wheels are standard, with 18- and 19-inch wheels optional.
BMW sells three distinct trim levels of the Z4, each with its own turbocharged engine. The sDrive28i base trim gets a 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 260 pounds-feet of torque, mated to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. Next up is the sDrive35i which gets a more powerful 300-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six that also makes 300 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Lastly, the high-performance sDrive35is uses the same engine as the sDrive35i but with more turbo boost so it makes 335-horsepower and 332 pounds-feet of torque. The sDrive35is also gets a performance calibrated version of the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, better steering, and suspension tuning. All three Z4 trims are rear-wheel drive.
The sDrive28i gets the best fuel economy, thanks in part to its start/stop system, estimated at 22/32 mpg city/highway. The sDrive35i offers 19/26 mpg with the manual, and 17/24 mpg with the automatic, same for the sDrive35is.
Inside, simulated leather seating surfaces are standard, as are powered front seats, brushed aluminum trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, USB/iPod adapter, and HD radio. BMW’s iDrive multimedia system is offered with the optional navigation system. For added comfort, leather upholstery, heated seats, and sun-reflective leather, which keeps the seat surface cooler in sunlight, are optional.
The Z4’s side-impact airbags feature head extensions to keep occupants safe. Also standard are knee airbags, traction control, stability system, and four-wheel disc antilock brakes. Front and rear parking sensors are optional.