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2020 BMW Z4

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2020 sDrive 30i 2dr Rear-Wheel Drive Roadster
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Price:   -  From $49,700
2020 sDrive M40i 2dr Rear-Wheel Drive Roadster Price:   -  From $63,700


After a brief hiatus, the BMW Z4 Roadster returned last model year. The sixth-generation model remained true to its roots with its front-engine and rear-wheel-drive layout. The 2020 BMW Z4 returns with a new M40i variant.


Choosing Your BMW Z4

The 2020 BMW Z4 is available in two trims: sDrive30i and M40i. Pricing starts at $50,695 including destination for the sDrive30i and rises to $64,695 for the M40i.

Engine Choices

BMW offers a pair of engine choices, one for each trim. Both engines work with an eight-speed automatic transmission and are available exclusively with rear-wheel drive. The M40i adds steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Engine TypeTrim LevelHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.0L Turbo 4-CylindersDrive30i254 hp294 lb-ft27 mpg
3.0L Turbo 6-CylinderM40i382 hp368 lb-ft26 mpg

Both models feature three drive modes: Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus. The chassis system on the M40i model with its suspension, brakes, and differential upgrades affect these modes by delivering sharper input.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The BMW Z4 is sports-car snug, holding room for two individuals. Tall adults should still expect ample head, shoulder, and leg room.

The Z4 is one of BMW’s smallest models, containing just 9.9 cubic feet of cargo space regardless of whether the top is up or down. This is an improvement over the previous model, which lost about 40% of its cargo space with the roof folded.


Safety Features

The 2020 Z4 offers some advanced driver-assist safety features, but not many as standard equipment. Included are automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, daytime pedestrian detection, and speed limit information.

Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane departure warning are available through the $500 Driving Assistance Package, while adaptive cruise control is a $1,200 standalone option.


BMW pulls out most of the stops with the Z4. It features a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen with navigation, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and one-year of complimentary Apple CarPlay integration. The driver instrument display is also 10.25 inches.

Wireless charging and a wi-fi hotspot are bundled together for $500 on the M40i trim.


sDrive30i - From $50,695

Nearly all the features you expect with the standard model are included here. LED headlights, daytime running lights, and taillights are just for starters. A blacktop roof, 18-inch orbit grey wheels set within run-flat tires, and satin aluminum trim are also included.

Inside, this trim features imitation leather seats and trim, 14-way power M sport seats, automatic climate control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Keyless entry with push-button start is also standard.

In typical BMW fashion, the sDrive30i is available with Convenience ($1,450), Premium ($3,050), and Executive ($5,550) Packages. Upgrade with the Premium to get a head-up display, park assist system, wireless charging, heated front seats, and more.

M40i - From $64,695

Besides the more powerful engine, the M40i has upgraded exterior styling, including an aerodynamic kit. The interior features seats with lumbar support, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. Here, the Premium Package costs $1,400 while the Executive is priced at $2,500.

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CarsDirect Tip

Stick with the standard 2020 BMW Z4 and opt for the pricey Executive Package and you’ll have nearly every safety, comfort, and performance option with it. The Z4 M40i only makes sense if you’re planning track time. Otherwise, save your cash and enjoy the top-down exhilaration BMW’s roadster affords.

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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
24 / 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
24 / 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 / 18.0 " / 19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 19.0 " Black 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 / Vernasca Leather / Alcantara Simulated Suede/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
Driver And Passenger
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
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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