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BMW Z4 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Tijo Tenson - Content Writer Mar 27 2020 Share this blog

BMW is a brand known to make driver-oriented cars and things were no different with its Z4 convertible. But the last iteration of the Z4 was launched almost a decade ago and after that BMW had nothing to show up, not even a facelift! Now finally, BMW has again set the ball rolling with launch of third-generation Z4 convertible in India. Yes, it is back in the same avatar with a long bonnet and an electric soft top. This time it is available in two variants namely the sDrive20i and the M40i but the car is still imported as a completely built unit or CBU. As the name suggests it is a model from BMW’s Z lineup which stands for Zukunft or “future” in German.

The new car gets new exteriors as well as interiors, keeping the silhouette of the car intact. The new Z4 gets more angels and edges rather than curves and hence it looks sharper than the outgoing model. Also, the hardtop has been replaced by a fabric roof. The prices of the new Z4 start from Rs. 66 lakh (Ex-Delhi) and it rivals cars such as the Ford Mustang in India. BMW had been developing the new Z4 along with Toyota since 2013 and it first showcased it in 2018. Hence now its time to see if BMWs long run hard work will be paying off in the Indian market or not.


What will impress you:

  • Stunning looks
  • 8-speed gearbox smoothest in the segment
  • Top-notch safety package
  • Comes packed with features
  • The M40i variant comes with solid performance

 

What Won’t:

  • M40i variant is priced on the expensive side
  • Not the most involving to drive

Variants and Pricing

BMW has launched the new Z4 in two versions – the sDrive20i, that comes with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine; and the M40i, with a 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo-petrol engine. Both variants come with an 8-speed transmission which performs admirably. None of the variants is an all-wheel-drive as both rear-wheel driven. While the sDrive20i does not come with all the features like 19-inch alloys or sport brakes, although, you can opt it with the additional package by paying extra. 

Variant

BMW Z4 sDrive20i

BMW Z4 M40i

Price Petrol(Ex-Delhi)

Rs. 66.0 Lakh

Rs. 80.5 Lakh

Features 


Cruise Control


Cruise Control


Ambient Lights


Ambient Lights


Adaptive Dynamics Suspension system

Adaptive Dynamics Suspension system

4 airbags

4 airbags

ABS with EBD

ABS with EBD

Traction Control

Traction Control

Electronic Brake Assist

Electronic Brake Assist


Electric Seat Height Adjustment

Electric Seat Height Adjustment


Ambient Lighting

Ambient Lighting


Heads-Up Display (HUD)

Heads-Up Display (HUD)


What's the source of power in the 2020 BMW Z4?

The new BMW Z4 is available with two petrol engine options which come with two different variants. The sDrive20i is powered by a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder engine that produces 194 BHP @ 4,500-6,500 RPM and 320 Nm of torque @ 1,450-4,200 rpm, while more powerful M40i is powered by 3.0-litre, 6-cylinder engine that puts out 335 BHP @ 5,000-6,500 RPM and 500 Nm @ 1,600-4,500 RPM. Both engines come paired with 8-speed automatic transmission. 

The 2.0- litre engine is strictly mediocre in terms of performance but does not feel inadequate in any way. As the car is not lighter, the engine is able to perform better. Within the city conditions, the low-end torque delivery is enough to push the car from a standstill smoothly. What helps is the superb 8-speed ZF gearbox which is common between both the variants. It is quick to change gears and makes driving within the city a breezy affair. Over on the highway, the 2.0-litre engine’s performance is good but not great. The turbo lag is well contained as the gearbox does a great job of dealing with it.

Coming to the 3.0- litre engine, it is a torque shredder, to say the least. This engine provides ample torque no matter which gear you are it. Interestingly, the peak torque is from 1,600rpm and it stays flat all the way till 5,000 revs! Hence, once you go pedal to the metal style, it is capable of pushing you back into your seats and provides a more thrilling experience. Over on the highways, with just a tap of a pedal, you make quick overtakes with half the throttle's travel. Once you push the pedal fully, the torque delivery is such that it makes the rear of the car squat.

Hence your hand to be careful before mashing the throttle as the response from the engine could be quite brutal. What makes all this performance impressive is that the engine remains quite smooth even if you rev it hard all day long. Overtaking is not only easy but a fun affair as well. Overall, this engine has a proper sporty character to it and you can actually have some fun if you take it to a track.

Model

sDrive20i/BMW Z4 M40i

Ford Mustang

Price (Ex-Delhi)

Rs 66.0 Lakh / Rs. 80.5 Lakh

Rs. 74.62 Lakh

Engine

2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo / 3.0 L Inline 6 cylinder

5.0L Ti-VCT V8 

Transmission

8 Speed Dual Clutch ZF Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

Power (bhp)

194 / 335.0

395.0

Torque(N-m)

320 / 500

515 

In comparison to the Mustang, the Z4’s engine is a lot smoother. But what needs to be highlighted is the fact that only the Z4 M40i’s engine is comparable to the Mustang’s bigger 5.0-litre engine. The Mustang produces more power than the M40i’s engine but still, the M40i is faster. Also, Mustang, being a muscle car gets a V8 engine which feels more raw and noisy. Hence, both engines are quite different and the Z4 feels more refined as well as tamer in nature.


How quick is the BMW Z4?

BMW has not only made sure that the new Z4 is not only a pretty looking car but also a seriously quick car as well. The sDrive20i is capable of completing a 0-100 kmph dash in 6.6 seconds. While this is not impressive it is not slow either. Meanwhile, the M40i’s engine makes it a blistering fast roadster as it is capable of completing the 0-100 kmph dash in 4.5 seconds.

The more power and torque from the engine helps it have superior in-gear acceleration as well. It takes 2.77seconds for the in-gear 20-80kph run.

Model

Ford Mustang

BMW Z4 M40i

0-100 KMPH

5.2 sec

6.6 sec / 4.5 sec

Engine

5.0 Litre V8 

3.0 Litre 6-Cylinder

While the Z4's exhaust note gives you even more reason to floor the car, again and again, it just cannot match with the Mustang’s growling V8 engine. But while the lower variant of the Z4 is slower than the Mustang the M40i would leave even the Mustang into dust. What makes the M40i faster than is not the engine but the gearbox. Hence, the M40i is an absolute fun to drive whenever you plan to floor.


How is the Ride Quality and Handling of the new Z4?

Even while this BMW is a sharp looker, its not that sharp when it comes to handling. The steering does not offer a lot of feedback and it can feel a bit vague at times. Putting the new Z4 into fast corners is still quite fun but the steering takes some time getting used to. The sharp handling behaviour of many other BMW cars is just not present in the Z4. The sport mode does help it perform better but it still lacks the confidence that some of its other rivals have on offer.

As the car is set up on the sporty side the ride can feel a bit stiff at times but does not get unmanageable. The ground clearance is not rough road-friendly and its best to keep the Z4 off tricky Indian roads. Over broken roads, the suspension finds it hard to deal with big potholes and bumps but the ride never gets harsh in any scenario. Overall, the ride and handling is the weakest part of the Z4 but not a deal-breaker.


How well have the brakes been tuned on the BMW Z4?

While the Z4 can gain more speed at a fast pace it is also capable of shedding it faster. It comes with razer sharp braking performance and manages to stop confidently under a safe distance no matter what speeds you are doing. The straight-line stability is admirable, even under hard braking.

This makes it possible to throw the car into corners at fast speeds and slowing down right in the mid-corner. The brake pedal gives ample feedback and you can even opt for M Sport brake and 19-inch alloys with the sDrive20i which comes standard with the M40i variant.

Model

BMW Z4 M40i

Ford Mustang

Front Brakes

Disc

Disc

Rear Brakes

Disc

Dis

Kerb Weight (kg)

1,610

1,770 

In comparison, the Mustang’s brake set-up outshines even the BMW Z4’s. it provides even more feedback as well as stopping power. Bigger brake setup is required with the Mustang due to its heavier kerb weight. However, even though the Mustang comes with bigger braking hardware, the Z4 can stop under a smaller braking distance due to its lighter kerb weight. Hence, even though the Mustang’s brakes feel better to operate, they are quite a neck and neck in terms of performance.


How fuel-efficient is this new Beemer?

The new Z4 provides an ARAI tested mileage of 13 kmpl. Within the city or traffic conditions, you can expect a mileage of around 8 kmpl. This is neither too bad nor too impressive. The good news is that the Z4 is not a fuel guzzler unlike some of its rivals.

The lighter kerb weight has also helped the engine return a slightly better mileage than the outgoing model. Once you put the Z4 into sport mode and go pedal to the metal style, the fuel economy can drop to around 5 kmpl.

Model

BMW Z4 M40i

Ford Mustang

Mileage (Kmpl)

13.0

8.0

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

53

60

In comparison to the BMW Z4, the Mustang is undoubtedly a fuel guzzler. You can expect the Mustang to return about 5-6 kmpl within the city which isn’t really surprising after looking at the size of the engine. The Z4 is around 265 kgs lighter than the Mustang which gives it an edge over the Mustang in terms of fuel efficiency. The Z4 also comes with a smaller capacity engine which is better for the fuel economy.

How eye-"candy" is the BMW Z4?

The earlier Z4 was an attention seeker and the new Z4 is no different. Even though the car remains it’s earlier silhouette the styling of the car has received a major update. The exteriors do not abide by the typical BMW design language. The vertical bars in the kidney grilles have given way to a mesh with a diamond pattern.  BMW has been able to transform the exteriors quite well. 

At the front, it features the signature long bonnet and gets a new sweptback LED headlamps. At the rear, the new car gets L-shaped LED tail lights which are integrated boot spoiler with stop lamp.

The car now looks sharper as well as more aggressive. From the side, it is still very much the same, now the short rear stance is less evident. The new fabric top rood doesn’t really look as neat as a hardtop of the previous model but overall the car now looks more sporty as well as more aggressive than before.

Model

BMW Z4 M40i

Ford Mustang

Length(mm)

4,324 

4784

Width(mm)

1,864 

2080

Height(mm)

1,304 

1391

Ground clearance (mm)

130 

137

Wheelbase (mm)

2,470 

2720

The Mustang also features a very similar design approach with a long bonnet upfront. But it looks quite different and lives up to the tradition of the American Muscle Car. Overall, the Z4 looks more modern as well as sharper than the Mustang but the Mustang still might manage to grab more eyeballs.


Exterior Features

Some of the notable exterior features are:

  • HID Headlamps 
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Front Fog Lamps 
  • Automatic Headlamp - On & Off
  • Rain-Sensing Wipers
  • Illuminated Front Scuff Plates
  • Rear Diffuser

How cocooned will you feel in this BMW?

The new Z4 has got some serious updates on the inside that makes it a much more premium car than the outgoing model. For weight shedding, it now gets a fabric rood instead of a hardtop which can be folded down in 10 seconds at speeds up to 50 kmph. For a car of its size, however, the cabin feels a bit small. But what helps the matter is that it get very comfortable bucket-fitted seats. Hence, taking a long-distance journey in them is an absolute joy.

The overall visibility is not the best and you will find yourself raising the seat height on bad roads to get a better view of the outside world. But what the interiors manage to do is make you feel cocooned from the outside world and you feel like you are sitting in a plane cockpit. The quality of the interiors is of typical BMW standards and hence feel quite premium, to say the least. 

The dashboard is well laid out in typical BMW fashion. It gets a 10.25-inch touchscreen at the centre and even for the driver’s console.  It now comes with BMW's personal assistant much like Siri or Google assistant in your phones and it responds to voice commands. The dials are all digital and come with a hexagonal design which looks quite sporty. There is also a colour heads-up display which makes it easy to be focused on driving rather than looking around. Overall, BMW has improved the Z4’s cabin by quite a big margin and even though they as flashy as the exterior, the interior still manage to impress you.


Interior Features:

  • Aluminium Foot Pedals Front Carpet Floor Mats
  • Track Applications Including Lap Timer
  • Power Windows - 1 Touch Up/Down Driver/Passenger
  • Digital Radio, FM, AM
  • Voice Command
  • Navigation 9 Speaker Audio System
  • Bluetooth and USB connectivity

 

How intuitive is the infotainment system in BMW Z4?

With the redesigned dashboard the new Z4 has also received an updated infotainment system.  It gets the superb i-Drive system which is now standard and comes with a 10.25-inch touchscreen. The rotary controller makes it simple and easy to operate the infotainment screen while on the go.

It is super responsive as well as loaded with features. The display is of high quality and now support apple car play as well as android auto.


Infotainment Features:

  • Electrochromic/Auto-Dimming
  • Rear-View Mirror 
  • Front Seats - Heated/Cooled
  • Ambient Lighting Map Reading Light
  • Illuminated Driver & Passenger Sun Visor Leather Gear Knob


How many suitcases can go in the boot of the BMW Z4?

Even while the Z4 is overall a long car in terms of physical dimensions it comes with a small boot. As the rear is considerably smaller for a car of its size the boot small offered is just 281 litres which are comparable to some small hatchbacks.

But still, you can fit in two mediocre sized bags with a tight squeeze. Hence, taking a weekend journey in the car is possible but won’t be very practical with a lot of luggage. The boot is practically shaped but the spare tires take up most space.

Model

BMW Z4

Ford Mustang

Cargo Volume (Litres)

281

383

Ford’s Mustang is certainly a better car to take on long-distance drive considering its boot space. The Z4 offers a small hatchback-like-boot which is not practical for long-distance driving. 

What are the various safety features on offer in 2020 BMW Z4?

The BMW Z4 gets a top-notch safety package which includes 4 airbags, ABS with EBD and traction control as standard. While the earlier car had received a 3-star crash test rating in the Euro Ncap crash tests the new one gets a full 5-star. This means now the BMW Z4 is quite a safe car as BMW has worked a lot harder to make it safer this time.


Safety Features:

  • Driver Airbags -Front Passenger
  • Airbags - Side & Curtain Driver Knee Airbag
  • Passenger Knee Airbag (Active Globe Box) 
  • Reverse Sensing System
  • Brakes - Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) 
  • Cruise Control - Steering Wheel Mounted Controls 
  • Seatbelts reminder System

How does the competition cope up with 2020 BMW Z4?

Ford Mustang vs BMW Z4 Roadster

The Ford Mustang is quite an American Muscle car and enjoys a cult following which the BMW Z4 doesn’t. It is offered in India in only one variant which is also imported as a CBU. In comparison the Z4 offers feels more premium on the inside than the Mustang and comes with a far superior 8-speed gearbox. But when it comes to being loud and raw not many cars can match the V8 that the Mustang has on offer. Hence if you are looking to get behind the wheel that offers a legacy, then the Mustang is still the car that will get your heart beating faster.

Should you buy one?

Even though BMW took a long time to come up with the new Z4 it has done a commendable job of upgrading the car. The Z4 is now more premium, lighter, sharper and safer as well. Where it lacks is the handling department which could have been better. But it is a car meant for cruising rather than winning track races. In term of pricing too the sDrive20i variant offers an overall package at Rs.64.90 lakhs making it 15 lakhs cheaper than the M40i. Hence, the Z4 now offers more options as well as more performance which makes it quite a sensible buy.