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Key Specs

of the 2014 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 2014 BMW Z4

  • Power-folding hardtop
  • Seats two
  • Choice of turbocharged engines
  • Higher-performance sDrive35is version
  • Standard adjustable drivetrain settings

2014 BMW Z4 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The two-seat Z4 roadster has a standard folding hardtop. It's available in four-cylinder sDrive28i, six-cylinder sDrive35i and high-performance sDrive35is form, all of which are turbocharged. Competitors include the Nissan 370Z, Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class, Audi TT and Porsche Boxster.

New for 2014
There are no significant changes.

Exterior Highlights

  • 17-inch alloy wheels; available 18- or 19-inch wheels
  • Available automatic high-beam headlights
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Unique bumpers, tailpipes and mirrors on sDrive35is
  • Available aerodynamic kit emulates sDrive35is look

Interior Highlights

  • Simulated leather seats
  • Available leather upholstery and sport seats
  • Brushed aluminum trim
  • Dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • CD stereo with MP3 jack and iPod connectivity
  • Available heated seats and steering wheel
  • Available navigation system

Under the Hood

  • 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (sDrive28i)
  • 300-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder (sDrive35i)
  • 335-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder (sDrive35is)
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Available eight-speed automatic (sDrive28i)
  • Available seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (sDrive35i and sDrive35is)
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Available adaptive suspension
  • Fuel-saving stop-start technology (sDrive28i)

Safety Features

  • Side-impact airbags with head-protection extensions
  • Knee airbags
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Traction control
  • Available front and rear parking ...
Vehicle Overview

The two-seat Z4 roadster has a standard folding hardtop. It's available in four-cylinder sDrive28i, six-cylinder sDrive35i and high-performance sDrive35is form, all of which are turbocharged. Competitors include the Nissan 370Z, Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class, Audi TT and Porsche Boxster.

New for 2014
There are no significant changes.

Exterior Highlights

  • 17-inch alloy wheels; available 18- or 19-inch wheels
  • Available automatic high-beam headlights
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Unique bumpers, tailpipes and mirrors on sDrive35is
  • Available aerodynamic kit emulates sDrive35is look

Interior Highlights

  • Simulated leather seats
  • Available leather upholstery and sport seats
  • Brushed aluminum trim
  • Dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • CD stereo with MP3 jack and iPod connectivity
  • Available heated seats and steering wheel
  • Available navigation system

Under the Hood

  • 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (sDrive28i)
  • 300-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder (sDrive35i)
  • 335-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder (sDrive35is)
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Available eight-speed automatic (sDrive28i)
  • Available seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (sDrive35i and sDrive35is)
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Available adaptive suspension
  • Fuel-saving stop-start technology (sDrive28i)

Safety Features

  • Side-impact airbags with head-protection extensions
  • Knee airbags
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Traction control
  • Available front and rear parking sensors

 


Latest 2014 Z4 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Car looks stunning top up or down

by miko from Sylva on September 17, 2018

Great looks, great gas mileage, great handling, very good performance even though only 4 cylinder. Have experienced zero reliability issues. There is not a better all around two seat convertible ... Read full review

(5.0)

Sold my Jeep and Harley for this car.

by VAR from Northeast PA on March 17, 2018

Love this car. It is a head turner when driving through town. Not many in Northeast PA. It has it all. Speed, handling and styling. And with the hardtop not worried about the weather. Looking forward ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2014 BMW Z4 currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2014 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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