Oct 20, 2011
Reviewed By Jim Pickering
Price as Tested $49,525 (base), 2.0L turbocharged DOHC inline 4

New N20 turbo four-cylinder engine makes lots of midrange torque, which is useful when just tooling around town. Steering is quick and direct. Better overall balance thanks to two fewer cylinders hanging over the front wheels. Four performance and comfort settings alter the nature of the car on demand.


Slightly cramped inside, especially if you’re over six feet tall. Steering is twitchy at speed and in crosswinds, shifts from a new 8-speed automatic are prompt but could be quicker, even in the sportiest Sport + mode.


Although purists will likely miss the six as the base engine in the Z4, this new turbo four boasts more torque and better mileage than the outgoing design. When it comes down to it, the new engine makes for a car that’s simply more fun to drive on an everyday basis, with a punchy midrange and the requisite turbo spool noises you’d expect. But if you really need that six, you can still buy the Z4 sDrive35is.

Fun to Drive
4.0 rating
Fun to Look at
5.0 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating