Buyer's Guide

2022 BMW Z4
Select a Different Model (2 Available): M40i Convertible
Fuel Economy $ 22 / 29 mpg
Horsepower 382@5,800
Torque 368@1,800
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2022 BMW Z4 MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Excellent engines
  • Decent trunk space
  • Minimal wind turbulence

Cons

  • Unpredictable on the track
  • Pricey M40i trim
  • Stiff competition

The BMW Z4's ancestry extends all the way back to 1989, when the Z1 inaugurated a line of roadsters that has endured for decades. Most recently, however, the Z4 shares its origins with the latest Supra, which was co-developed by Toyota and built on the same platform. The Z4 is more comfortable on a highway than a track, but its engines still offer plenty of charm.

What's New

  • Wireless charging and Wi-Fi hotspot no longer available
  • Ambient lighting no longer standard
  • Driving Assistance features now a separate package

What We Think

In either trim, the Z4 is an enjoyable drive. Both powertrains are strong and smooth, and there's little wind turbulence with the top down. On a scenic cruise down the coast, the Z4 feels right at home.

Closer to the limit, the Z4 is less predictable than rivals like the Porsche Boxster. Even the formidable M40i is difficult to balance, and its powerful engine is offset by extra weight. It's all fine for zipping around town, but the cracks start to show on curvy back roads.

On the plus side, passenger and cargo space are strong for the class. The interior is well put together, though we wish you could use a cupholder without losing the center armrest. Efficiency is another highlight—it reinforces the Z4's position as a pleasant daily driver, if not a standout performer.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2022 Z4 sticks to the same two engine choices as last year. A 2.0-liter turbo-four making 255 hp and 294 lb-ft powers the base sDrive30i. The M40i upgrades to a 3.0-liter turbo I-6 with 382 hp and 368 lb-ft. Both send power to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

In our testing, the two Z4 trims lived up to their claimed 0-60 times of 5.2 seconds and 3.9 seconds, respectively. The EPA rates the sDrive30i at 25/32 mpg city/highway and the M40i at 22/29 mpg.

Choosing Between Twins

The biggest difference between the BMW Z4 and the Toyota Supra is the roof, but the choice isn't as easy as that. Although the two cars offer similar performance, interior and exterior designs are radically different. The Supra's angular, wide-hipped body is much more likely to attract attention, while the Z4's graceful curves fade into the background. On the inside, the Supra covers its dash in carbon fiber, while the BMW sticks to buttoned-up business formal.

The final differentiator is price—the Supra starts about $7,000 cheaper, and the gap is bigger with the upgraded powertrain. Based on value, we declared the Supra our winner in a 2020 comparison test.

Safety Ratings and Features

BMW fits every Z4 with automatic emergency braking and automatic high-beams. Blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and parking sensors are all bundled into the Driving Assistance package. Adding it costs $700 but requires the Convenience package, bringing the total cost to $1,250.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

For a two-seat convertible, the Z4 offers good cargo capacity and over 42 inches of legroom. Headroom, of course, is unlimited.

Cargo space:

  • 2022 Z4: 9.9 cubic feet
  • 2022 Boxster: 9.6 cubic feet

Technology

Two screens dominate the Z4's dash: a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.3-inch touchscreen for infotainment. The system has two USB ports with navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto baked in. A head-up display and a premium surround sound system are available as extras.

Recommended Trim

The M40i is a keen performer, but at almost $65,000, its value proposition isn't as strong as a Boxster's. The base sDrive30i is our choice, as it's over $10,000 cheaper than a Boxster and not much slower. As a bonus, the base Z4 is one of the most efficient sports cars in its class, managing up to 28 mpg combined.

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2022 BMW Z4 SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 6-Cyl Turbo 3.0 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, 8 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (8HP51)
Trim
M40i Convertible
Class
Premium Performance Car
Horsepower
382@5,800
Standard MPG
22/29
Body Style
Convertible
Drivetrain
RWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
2/2
Package Invoice Retail
Show Full Specs
Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
144
Powertrain Warranty Miles
50,000
Full Warranty Miles
50,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
48
Full Warranty Months
48
Roadside Assistance Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
48
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 1.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60 Months - BMW announces APR rates on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$1500 BMW announces a Military Program for customers who Retail Finance/Select through BMW Financial Services that is good towards a purchase of select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$250 BMW announces a Military Program for customers who Lease/OwnersChoice through BMW Financial Services that is good towards a lease of select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$500 BMW announces a Military Program for customers who Lease/OwnersChoice/Retail Finance/Select Finance through BMW Financial Services that is good towards a purchase or lease of select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$2000 BMW announces a Military Program for cash customers. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022