2010 BMW Z4

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2010 BMW Z4 Review

Note: This review was created when the 2010 BMW Z4 was new.

The 2010 BMW Z4 is bigger and badder than ever before. Plus, it now features a standard retractable hard top that lowers in just 20 seconds. One of the best all-around roadsters in this highly-competitive class, the 2010 BMW Z4 was named a finalist in Motor Trend's showdown for "Car of the Year."

Pros & Cons

  • Strong powertrain options
  • Retractable hard top
  • Improved materials and increased passenger room
  • An iDrive media interface that's now easier to use
  • Steering system lacks feedback
  • Limited cargo room

Research & Ratings

Currently, the BMW Z4 has a score of 8.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 21 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.0
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2010 BMW Z4 Overview

Reviewers report that the 2010 BMW Z4 is the total package. It's sexy, luxurious, and sporty enough to wow most drivers. "While some premium roadster drivers are serious about power, handling and feel, a good many are more interested in style and fresh-air fun," writes Kelley Blue Book. "In a segment that includes the Porsche Boxster, Mercedes-Benz SLK and Audi TT, no car can appeal to both camps more so than the latest Z4. Inside, outside and underneath, the Z4 has the makings of one of the all-time great roadsters."

Still, the 2010 BMW Z4 isn't perfect. Critics complain that the Z4 lacks adequate cargo room and its steering system feels numb. As a whole, however, the 2010 BMW Z4 leaves reviewers nothing short of satisfied.

Other Sports Cars to Consider

If you're in the market for luxury sports roadster, be sure to test drive the class-leading 2010 Porsche Boxster. It costs roughly the same as the 2010 BMW Z4, but is a much more capable sports performer and offers loads of more cargo room -- which enhances its practicality. Just note that while the 2010 BMW Z4's standard hardtop is retractable, the Boxster's is optional and must be manually removed.  

Details: 2010 BMW Z4

Having undergone a complete redesign in '09, the BMW Z4 carries into the 2010 model year unchanged. The 2010 BMW Z4 is available in two trims, the sDrive30i and turbocharged sDrive35i.

  • "Sleek styling, a high-class interior and plenty of performance combine to make the 2010 BMW Z4 one of the most desirable luxury roadsters available." -- Edmunds
  • "Z4 is a reasonably practical daily driver convertible, and a capable two-seat sports car for enthusiasts. Sweet 6-cylinder engines, a classy interior, and a rewarding driving experience are among the compelling traits the Z4 boasts. These cars are pricey, so careful navigation of the options list will deliver the best value." -- Consumer Guide

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