Used BMW Z4 Roadster (2003 - 2008) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 13 Aug 2008
4
The Z4 is BMW's alternative to the Porsche Boxster and replaced the lacklustre Z3 in 2003. It's great to drive with sharp handling and a well balanced chassis plus it looks good too - the Z4’s swooping design, classy looks and road-hugging stance attracts more than its fair share of admiring glances, especially with the roof down.
BMW Z4 Roadster (03-08)
Sharp handling, sophisticated image, quick-action roof
Far from generous levels of standard kit

New price range:

£22,605 - £35,695

Used price range:

£1,491 - £4,814

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

The Z4 is BMW's alternative to the Porsche Boxster and replaced the lacklustre Z3 in 2003. It's great to drive with sharp handling and a well balanced chassis plus it looks good too - the Z4’s swooping design, classy looks and road-hugging stance attracts more than its fair share of admiring glances, especially with the roof down. There's a decent choice of engines and even the entry-level 2.0-litre unit offers strong performance, but it's the six-cylinder 2.5-litre and 3.0-litre engines which really appeal.

The super-fast electric roof retracts in just 10 seconds and the Z4 is practical with a surprisingly capacious boot. In 2006 the model was given a minor facelift which included new head and taillights plus a Sport model was introduced. Certain criticisms still remain though, including a lack of equipment that you'd expect to be standard given the considerable list price

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

4.5 out of 5

Handling

4.5 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

4.5 out of 5

Running costs

3.5 out of 5

Green credentials

2 out of 5

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

4.5 out of 5

Equipment

3.5 out of 5

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