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Key Specs

of the 2012 BMW Z4. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Acceleration
  • Handling
  • Decent ride quality (sDrive30i, sDrive35i)
  • Driving ease
  • Vastly improved iDrive system
  • Compelling styling

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2012 BMW Z4

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

2012 BMW Z4 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

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. Anyone considering the entry-level Z4 might cross-shop Nissan's redesigned 370Z; a loaded Z4, on the other hand, could compete with the Mercedes-Benz SLK, Audi TT or Porsche Boxster.

New for 2012
In a change made during the 2011 model year, a six-speed automatic transmission is a no-cost option to the standard six-speed manual on the sDrive30i. Previously, the automatic was a $1,375 option.

Exterior
BMW says all surface lines strive toward a point on the road ahead. It’s evidently shown in the headlights and hood. BMW's dual-kidney grille remains front and center. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional 18- or 19-inch wheels
  • Optional automatic high beams
  • Unique bumpers, tailpipes and mirrors on sDrive35is
  • Optional aerodynamic kit emulates sDrive35is look (sDrive30i, sDrive35i)


Interior
Available sun-reflective leather is designed to keep surfaces cooler on a sunny day. Other options include leather-upholstered dashboard and door panels, as well as dual-zone automatic climate control, heated seats and a heated steering wheel. There is an optional trunk pass-through. The Z4's iDrive unit, included with an optional navigation sy...

Vehicle Overview

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. Anyone considering the entry-level Z4 might cross-shop Nissan's redesigned 370Z; a loaded Z4, on the other hand, could compete with the Mercedes-Benz SLK, Audi TT or Porsche Boxster.

New for 2012
In a change made during the 2011 model year, a six-speed automatic transmission is a no-cost option to the standard six-speed manual on the sDrive30i. Previously, the automatic was a $1,375 option.

Exterior
BMW says all surface lines strive toward a point on the road ahead. It’s evidently shown in the headlights and hood. BMW's dual-kidney grille remains front and center. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional 18- or 19-inch wheels
  • Optional automatic high beams
  • Unique bumpers, tailpipes and mirrors on sDrive35is
  • Optional aerodynamic kit emulates sDrive35is look (sDrive30i, sDrive35i)


Interior
Available sun-reflective leather is designed to keep surfaces cooler on a sunny day. Other options include leather-upholstered dashboard and door panels, as well as dual-zone automatic climate control, heated seats and a heated steering wheel. There is an optional trunk pass-through. The Z4's iDrive unit, included with an optional navigation system, is BMW's latest version, revamped with better graphics, more shortcut keys and improved menu functionality. Interior features include:

  • Standard faux leather seats
  • Optional leather upholstery and sport seats
  • Optional upgraded stereo
  • Optional iDrive system
  • Optional power-adjustable seats
  • Thicker steering wheel, aggressively bolstered seats, faux carbon-fiber trim and gray instruments (sDrive35is)


Under the Hood
The sDrive30i's 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine makes 255 horsepower and 220 pounds-feet of torque, working with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. A twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder with 300 hp and 300 pounds-feet of torque powers the sDrive35i, which comes with a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Both automatics have steering-wheel paddle shifters. The sDrive35is, meanwhile, adds more turbo boost to provide 335 hp and 332 pounds-feet of torque. Pushed hard, the engine can provide up to 369 pounds-feet of torque for a few seconds. It works through a performance-calibrated version of the dual-clutch automatic. BMW says the sDrive35is can hit 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds, making it quicker than the prior-generation Z4 M. Mechanical features include:

  • 255-hp, 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder (sDrive30i)
  • 300-hp, twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder (sDrive35i)
  • 335-hp, twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder (sDrive35is)
  • Six-speed manual or automatic transmissions (sDrive30i)
  • Six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmissions (sDrive35i)
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission (sDrive35is)
  • Recalibrated power steering and suspension tuning (sDrive35is)
  • Standard Dynamic Drive Control
  • Optional adaptive suspension


Safety
The standard stability system uses a brake-drying function to keep the discs dry during wet weather. Front and seat-mounted side-impact airbags are standard, as are four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, with larger discs on the sDrive35i and sDrive35is. Traction control is standard, and the electronic stability system has a high-threshold performance mode. Other standard safety features include:

  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Head-protection extension on side airbags
  • Knee airbags

 


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Consumer Reviews

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Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Roomy,great handling,eye appeal

by CaptJimUSAF from San Jacinto,CA on February 5, 2018

Sporty, great european styling, roomy, power hardtop, head turner, steady on road, great handling. Turbo but effecient MPG. Built in Germany. No issues. Read full review

(5.0)

Great Sports Car

by TeresaA from St. Marys, GA on October 6, 2017

The Z4 is a sharp looking car with lots of power. This roadster has excellent styling and all the bells and whistles. Handles like a dream and is a super fun ride. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 BMW Z4 currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 BMW Z4 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by BMW

Program Benefits

Comprehensive inspection by BMW technician, 24/7 Roadside Assistance, BMW Assist. Exceptional vehicles with exceptional coverage

  • Limited Warranty

    Unlimited Miles for 1-Year

    BMW Certified Pre-Owned: Covers you for unlimited miles for 1-year, after the expiration o f the 4-year / 50,000 mile New Vehicle/SAV Limited Warranty for a total of 5 years with unlimited miles. This includes up to 5 years and unlimited miles of BMW Roadside Assistance and BMW Assist (TM) on many late model BMW vehicles. Additional plans are available to extend your vehicle's coverage for up to a total of 6 years with unlimited miles. See your BMW Center for details.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Comprehensive inspection.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Z4 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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