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2019 sDrive30i 2dr Rear-Wheel Drive Roadster
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The all-new 2019 BMW Z4 is a modern reinterpretation of a BMW roadster. It aims to deliver the best balance between a sporting ride and comfortable handling with a high quality and high tech interior.

What's New for 2019

The BMW two-door convertible gets new styling, a new powertrain, modern technology, a new chassis, and a new body that's longer, wider, and taller, though the wheelbase is 1-inch shorter.


Choosing Your BMW Z4

For the 2019 model, the BMW Z4 is only available in sDrive30i guise. Pricing starts at $50,695, including the $995 destination charge. In 2020, an all-new M40i model will join the lineup, but it's just the sDrive30i model for now.

The 2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i is powered by a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 255 horsepower from 5,000 rpm on upward to its redline. The peak torque figure of 295 pound-feet stretches down to 1,550 rpm and stays on board until 4,400 rpm. These figures represent a 15 hp increase and a 35 lb-ft of torque increase over the outgoing model.

An eight-speed automatic transmission features a launch mode, shorter gearing ratios, and performs faster gear changes that help pull off a zero-to-60 mph time of 5.2 seconds. Available only with rear-wheel drive, the BMW Z4 earns an EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon city, 32 mpg highway, and 28 combined.

The longer, wider, and taller body design remains a two-seat convertible. The fabric top can be operated on the move (up to 31 mph) yet it only needs 10 seconds to open or close. With the top up, there's an optional pass-through for storing longer items and the folded top has no impact on trunk volume, which is 9.9 cubic feet (a more than 50 percent increase over the outgoing Z4).

Standard equipment on the Z4 sDrive30i includes 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, black trim, and of course, a convertible fabric top with a glass rear window. Standard active safety and convenience features include low speed automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, rain-sensing wipers, and BMW’s full suite of electronic chassis control systems.

The standard sport seats are wrapped in black leatherette and includes 14-way power adjustment with memory. The basic audio system places 10 speakers in the cabin and, while it's compatible with Apple CarPlay, it lacks satellite radio connectivity.

The Z4 has two large screens that make up the instrument cluster and touchscreen. Similar in appearance to the BMW 3-Series, the tachometer and speedometer are pushed to the edges and, in this case, a 12.3-inch digital display resides in the middle. A 10.25-inch center touchscreen utilizes BMW’s latest iDrive infotainment system, while navigation with over-the-air updates and real-time traffic, BMW Remote Services, and cloud-based voice control all promise to deliver an improved user experience.

The Z4 is available in two different BMW designs: the standard $50,695 Sport Line Design and the $53,645 M Sport Design. The M Sport adds updated front bumper and air intakes, extended side skirts, 19-inch wheels, and a reshaped rear diffuser to make the vehicle look more aggressive.

There are five packages available on the Z4. The Convenience Package ($1,450) brings keyless entry, park assist, lumbar support, a one-year satellite radio subscription, daytime pedestrian protection, forward collision warning, and rear cross-traffic alert. The Driving Assistance Package ($500) adds blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and the safety features from the Convenience pack.

The Premium Package ($1,600) bundles a head-up display, heated front seats, a wireless charging pad, and a wi-fi hotspot, while the Executive Package ($2,500) includes leather seats and trim, adaptive automatic headlights, ambient lighting, full LED lighting, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

Last but not least, those looking to get the most performance out of their roadster will be interested in the Track Handling Package ($2,450). It brings higher-performance brakes, adaptive dampers, a lower ride height, and an actively locking rear differential.

Standalone options include adaptive cruise control ($1,200), park distance control ($200), wireless charging and wi-fi hotspot ($500), heated front seats ($500), a heated steering wheel ($190), remote start ($300) and extended shadowline trim ($300).

CarsDirect Tip

The refreshed 2019 BMW Z4 melds the the modern roadster’s design with an udapted version of BMW’s historically smooth four-cylinder engine. The Convenience Package allows for a bit more comfort for the daily commute.

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All about the experience. The redesigned 2019 BMW Z4 is far from a practical vehicle. It seats just two, and the trunk won’t fit more than a bag or two. It’s also not meant for the track (yet) – the missing roof takes away some stiffness and adds weight, and the setup is sporty but not quite hardcore.

Instead, the Z4 offers an experience. An aggressive but winning exterior matches a welcoming interior, and the drive is confident and engaging. The soft top will raise or lower at speeds up to 30 mph, and dropping it turns the Z4 into a joy on a summer backroad.

This is the automotive equivalent of those huge candy-store lollipops – it’s not exactly sensible, but on a warm day it puts a smile on your face.

Even in this narrow niche, the Z4 faces some stiff competition. The updated Mazda MX-5 Miata is polished and likable but much cheaper, while the Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman offer a more premium experience for a little more dough.

Zip and zest. The Z4 is only offered in one trim: the rear-wheel-drive sDrive30i. The heart of the Z4 is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (the same one as the 3-Series) producing 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

Those aren’t world-conquering numbers, but they’re healthy enough to send the Z4 from zero-to-60 mph in just over five seconds. This slots the Z4 neatly in between the 191-hp Miata and the 265-hp Boxster. The engine is well matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission that can be controlled by wheel-mounted shift paddles.

One major highlight is the available adaptive dampers, which turn the Z4’s capable suspension into an entertaining and resilient ride. Even the 19-inch rims on choppy pavement can’t spoil the fun.

The Z4 is an engaging drive, more than willing to flick in and out of corners, but it doesn’t like to be pushed to the limit. This is likely because BMW is saving a few tricks for the upcoming 2020 Z4 M40i.

The only real sour spot is steering that feels vague. It’s nicely weighted, but it fails to deliver much information from the wheels.

Built for touring. The comfort-oriented steering set up is likely to preserve the Z4’s (or at least the sDrive30i’s) position as more of a grand tourer than an apex-clipper. Tellingly, there’s no option for a manual transmission – the automatic is all you get.

This generation of Z4 is slightly larger than the last, which makes for a more comfortable cockpit. The seats are 14-way power adjustable and supportive enough for all-day drives, thanks to standard lumbar adjustment.

The trunk is just big enough to be useful, but it’s helped by a pass-through to stick larger objects through into the cabin. Interior design is striking without being distracting, with a large central touchscreen and neat trims like mesh aluminum.

The only ergonomic downside is the wide center tunnel. It makes room for a wide and attractive center stack, but it pushes the driver’s legs a few degrees to the left. This makes the driving position feel oddly offset.


More performance on the way. While the sDrive30i is the Z4’s only trim for 2019, the M40i is coming later this year as a 2020 model. BMW promises a 382-hp turbocharged six-cylinder engine, plus the adaptive dampers, M-sport brakes, and an M-sport torque vectoring differential. It'll likely be even more fun, although it'll certainly be more expensive.

The M40i isn’t the only new vehicle coming out on the Z4’s platform. The BMW shares its bones with the upcoming rejuvenated Toyota Supra, which comes in a coupe body for about the same price. The Supra will get its own tuning and likely be a slightly more focused sports car, but it'll come with similar engine options.

All of this is good news for sports car fans. The Porsche 718 has long reigned supreme as the best experience in its price range, but this new Z4 (and its upcoming siblings) ought to make it a real fight.

Final thoughts. For drivers who like to enjoy the journey, the new 2019 BMW Z4 is a win. It puts BMW back on the map for sports roadsters, and it’s a capable platform with which to take on the likes of Porsche.

We’re most excited for the upcoming M40i, which will dial the Z4’s fun factor up a notch or two, but even in base form, this Z4 is a delight. The top-down experience remains something that few cars on the road can match.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 255 HP / 295 ft.lbs.
8-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
25 / 32 / 28 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 255 HP / 295 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
25 / 32 / 28 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
13.7 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
9.9 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
170.7 "
Exterior Width
73.4 "
Exterior Height
51.4 "
Front Headroom
38.9 "
Rear Headroom
Front Legroom
42.2 "
Rear Legroom
Front Shoulder Room
54.3 "
Rear Shoulder Room
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,287 Lbs.
Wheel Base
97 "
Turning Radius
18.1 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 19.0 " Black Aluminum / 19.0 " Gray Aluminum / 19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Front Body-colored With Metal-look Insert
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Sensatec Leatherette / Alcantara Simulated Suede/leather / Vernasca Leather
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
12-way (10-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
12-way (10-way Power)
Front Armrests
12-way (10-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm/hd, Clock, Seek-scan / Clock / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
10 / 12 Harman/kardon
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt Style
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Active Protection Forward Collision Mitigation / Frontal Collision Warning W/city Collision Mitigation Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Active Blind Spot Detection Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure / Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Active Guard With Frontal Collision Warning Front Pedestrian Detection Warning / Daytime Pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear / Parking Assistant Plus Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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