Best Bet
(5.0) 1 reviews
MSRP: $17,805$35,609
Body Style: Convertible
Engine: 240-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
Transmission: 6-speed manual w/OD
Seats: 2
2012 BMW Z4

Our Take on the 2012 BMW Z4

Our Take

The two-seat Z4 roadster uses a standard folding metal hardtop. Trim levels include the sDrive30i, turbocharged sDrive35i and high-performance sDrive35is. All three have standard Dynamic Drive Control, a feature that allows drivers to vary steering and accelerator settings to suit their tastes. ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Trunk volume with top down
  • High price, with options
  • Too much brake-pedal travel
  • Ride comfort in sDrive35is
  • Some inconsistent interior pieces

Notable Features

  • Power-folding hardtop
  • Available turbocharged six-cylinder
  • Higher-performance sDrive35is trim
  • No-cost automatic transmission (sDrive30i)
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Standard adjustable drivetrain settings


Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in September 2010 about the 2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2012, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years. The new Z4 sDrive35is has as tongue-twisting a name as you'll find in the U.S. auto market. Those who speak BMW can decipher wh... Read full review for the 2012 BMW Z 4

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My Z and Me

by TRIARN from Hollywood, FL. on May 3, 2017

I am a sport car guy. I have owned Jaguar XKE's in the past. I currently drive a V.W. Turbo as I say a motorcycle on four wheels.It will be my first and last V.W. Beetel, yes it is our fun car. I will... Read Full Review

3 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 5 recalls for this car.

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Free Scheduled Maintenance


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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