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Key Specs

of the 2013 BMW Z4. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Acceleration
  • Handling
  • Driving ease
  • Compelling styling

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2013 BMW Z4

  • More standard features, lower starting price
  • Power-folding hardtop
  • Standard turbo four-cylinder, available turbo six-cylinder
  • Higher-performance sDrive35is trim
  • Standard adjustable drivetrain settings

2013 BMW Z4 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The two-seat Z4 roadster uses a standard folding metal hardtop. Trim levels include the four-cylinder sDrive28i, six-cylinder sDrive35i and high-performance sDrive35is, all of which are turbocharged. All three also have standard Driving Dynamics 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 2013
Despite a starting price that's now $1,300 less, new standard features have been added including power-adjustable front seats with driver-side memory, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, aluminum trim, auto-dimming mirrors, ambient lighting, a universal garage door opener and a compass.
Exterior
BMW says all of the Z4's 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

Interior
Available sun-reflective leather is designed to keep surfaces cooler on a sunny day. Other options include leather-upholstered dashboard and door panels, heated seats and a heated steering wheel. The Z4&apos...

Vehicle Overview

The two-seat Z4 roadster uses a standard folding metal hardtop. Trim levels include the four-cylinder sDrive28i, six-cylinder sDrive35i and high-performance sDrive35is, all of which are turbocharged. All three also have standard Driving Dynamics 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 2013
Despite a starting price that's now $1,300 less, new standard features have been added including power-adjustable front seats with driver-side memory, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, aluminum trim, auto-dimming mirrors, ambient lighting, a universal garage door opener and a compass.
Exterior
BMW says all of the Z4's 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

Interior
Available sun-reflective leather is designed to keep surfaces cooler on a sunny day. Other options include leather-upholstered dashboard and door panels, heated seats and a heated steering wheel. The Z4's iDrive unit, included with an optional navigation system, has better graphics, more shortcut keys and improved menu functionality. Interior features include:

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

Under the Hood
The sDrive28i's turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder makes 240 horsepower and 260 pounds-feet of torque. It works with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.

A turbocharged 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. 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 4.8 seconds. Mechanical features include:

  • Recalibrated power steering and suspension tuning (sDrive35is)
  • Optional adaptive suspension
  • Fuel-saving auto stop-start technology (sDrive28i) 
  • Rear-wheel drive

Safety
The standard stability system uses a brake-drying function to keep the discs dry during wet weather. Seat-mounted side-impact airbags are standard, as are four-wheel-disc antilock brakes. Other safety features include:

  • Head-protection extension on side airbags
  • Knee airbags
  • Traction control
  • Available front and rear parking sensors

Latest 2013 Z4 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Timeless Fun

by Dunder from Las Vegas, NV on May 19, 2018

An amazing convertible with the practicality of a coupe when the automatic hard top is closed. A real head turner that never dates...it?s design generation has evolved over 7 years....a true sports ... Read full review

(5.0)

Dream come true!

by Michelle S. from Springfield, Ma. on April 8, 2018

Love it! My dream car! Everything is perfect! The color. The ride. The look. The feel. PERFECT IN EVERY WAY!!!! I can't get enough of driving it!!! Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 BMW Z4 currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 BMW Z4 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by BMW
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty

  • Powertrain warranty

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    196-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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