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Key Specs

of the 2015 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 2015 BMW Z4

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

2015 BMW Z4 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The rear-wheel-drive two-seat BMW 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 2015
The sDrive35i model now has a standard seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; the six-speed manual is no longer available on the sDrive35i. The stick shift remains standard on the sDrive28i version. The sDrive35i also gains a standard sport leather steering wheel with paddle shifters.

The below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

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 USB port
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • 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 (sDrive35i...
Vehicle Overview

The rear-wheel-drive two-seat BMW 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 2015
The sDrive35i model now has a standard seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; the six-speed manual is no longer available on the sDrive35i. The stick shift remains standard on the sDrive28i version. The sDrive35i also gains a standard sport leather steering wheel with paddle shifters.

The below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

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 USB port
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • 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)
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (sDrive35i and sDrive35is)
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Available adaptive suspension
  • Fuel-saving stop-start technology (sDrive28i)

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags with head-protection extensions
  • Knee airbag
  • Available front and rear parking sensors

 


Latest 2015 Z4 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Love My Z4

by Bill from Wisconsin on April 30, 2018

Just purchased my 2015 Z4 s35i Alpine White with the Coral Red leather interior. The car was a CPO with only 2,348 miles. I owned a 2004 Z4 in 2008 and really liked the ride. I sold the Z4 and ... Read full review

(4.0)

Fun and stylish

by toodlum from Royal Oak, MI on March 20, 2018

Great daily driver. Value for money when bought pre-owned. Its a fun car around the corners but not fun enough to track on a daily basis. Interiors are good quality although seem dated. Engine and ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 BMW Z4 currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2015 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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