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2014 BMW Z4 Review

The 2014 BMW Z4 is an elegant two-seat convertible with lots of room (relatively speaking), but it doesn't match the handling or agility of other cars in the class

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy seating
  • Top-quality interior materials
  • Doesn't handle as sharply as competitors




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.0
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2014 BMW Z4 Overview

Is the 2014 BMW Z4 a Good Used Car?

The 2014 BMW Z4 is a solid choice. It is one of the least expensive cars in the luxury sports car class, yet it still has high-quality materials in its cabin. Still, some rivals handle better, have higher reliability scores, and offer a stronger engine lineup.

There is a standard 240-horsepower four-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive in the sDrive28i trim. This engine is sufficient enough for everyday driving situations, but rivals like the Porsche Boxster can hug corners more tightly at speed. Models with the M Sport package have a firmer suspension, which makes for a much more spirited driving experience. The base sDrive28i comes in either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. If you feel the need for speed, the top two trims will be more up your alley. The sDrive35i comes with a turbocharged six-cylinder engine that makes 300 horsepower and features a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The top-of-the-line sDrive35is is the most powerful model, with an extra 35 horsepower (335 horsepower total) from its six-cylinder engine. This model's only transmission is the dual-clutch automatic. The Z4 ranges from 17-22 mpg in the city to 23-33 mpg on the highway.

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The two-door 2014 BMW Z4 seats two people in style. The standard leatherette seats are comfortable and roomy. Headroom and legroom are surprisingly ample for a convertible, and rearward visibility is superb, even with the top up.

All models come with dual-zone automatic climate control, HD Radio, eight-way power-adjustable seats, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Some models might come with a premium sound system, satellite radio, a navigation system, heated seats, leather seats, a heated steering wheel, and sport seats. Still, some cars – such as the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class – offer more features, like an infotainment system.

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Used 2014 BMW Z4 Prices

Used 2014 BMW Z4s range from $28,500 for the base trim to $37,900 for the sDrive35is trim. Exact prices vary depending on condition, mileage, and demand.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 BMW Z4?

The 2014 BMW Z4 has a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power. This is above average for all cars on the road, but just about average for cars in the class. Some class rivals get higher scores, like the Porsche Boxster’s rating of 4.5.

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How Safe Is the Z4?

Like many luxury cars, the 2014 BMW Z4 did not undergo any crash testing. Xenon adaptive headlights and rain-sensing wipers come standard. Some models feature park distance control, front and rear parking sensors, and automatic high beams. A rearview camera is not available. 

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Should I Consider Another Used Z4?

The 2014 BMW Z4 is a part of a generation that began in 2009 and includes the 2016 model year. This hardtop convertible saw minor changes over the few years prior to 2014, so shopping for an older model can get you a similar car for less money. 

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Which Used BMW Z4 Is Right for Me?

The 2014 BMW Z4 comes in three trim levels: sDrive28i, sDrive35i, and sDrive35is. The higher trims don’t offer much more in terms of features, so choosing the right trim is mostly based on which powertrain you desire. The base trim has enough power to satisfy the average buyer. If you want extra power, consider the top two trims.

The Z4 may have above-average reliability, but you may still wish to shop for a certified pre-owned model for additional peace of mind.The BMW CPO program has three levels based on the vehicle’s age and the number of miles on the odometer: Certified Pre-Owned Elite, Certified Pre-Owned, and Pre-Owned. Each level receives the balance of the original new-car warranty. Certified Pre-Owned Elite vehicles get an additional one-year/25,000-mile warranty, while Certified Pre-Owned models receive an additional two-year/50,000-mile warranty. Pre-Owned BMWs receive no additional coverage. Each BMW undergoes an inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the BMW warranty page carefully. 

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2014 BMW Z4 and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 BMW Z4 or 2014 Porsche Boxster?

The 2014 Porsche Boxster is one of the most engaging luxury sports cars on the road, offering outstanding handling and cornering abilities. Both the Boxster and Z4 are hard-top convertibles, but unlike the Z4, this convertible top can open while the car is driving at moderate speeds. The Boxster also has a more powerful base engine, and its reliability score is much higher than the Z4's. However, it also costs significantly more. If you can afford the price jump, the Boxster is one of the best cars you can get in this class.

Which Is Better: 2014 BMW Z4 or 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class?

When talking about performance, the 2014 Mercedes SLK-Class is pretty similar to the Z4. Both convertibles have a good mix of ride comfort and agility. The SLK, however, has many more features. First off, there is a standard COMAND infotainment system (not found in the Z4), and some models even come with an Airscarf system, which blows warm air at your neck to provide comfort during colder months when you still want to ride with the top down. The SLK-Class also has a slightly higher reliability score than the Z4. The Mercedes is the better car overall.

Which Is Better: 2014 BMW Z4 or 2014 Audi TT?

Both the Z4 and the 2014 Audi TT have high-quality cabins and comfortable seats. The Audi TT comes as either a four-seat coupe or a two-seat convertible. Leather and Alcantara seats are standard, and more trunk space is found in the convertible model. The Z4 has a slightly higher reliability score and more powerful engines. It's worth paying the BMW’s moderately higher price to get better overall performance.

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