With the BMW Z4's new roof comes better all-round visibility through slightly larger windows including the heated, glass, rear windscreen.
With the BMW Z4's new roof comes better all-round visibility through slightly larger windows including the heated, glass, rear windscreen. There is a separate, folding wind deflector, which is kept in the boot. It slots in between the roll-over protection hoops and does a good job of diminishing the blustery conditions within the cabin. A plus point is that it doesn't impinge on the roof if left in place but it does affect rearward visibility.
The BMW Z4's roof has a peculiar opening choreography in that the rear window panel moves first and rises above the main, overhead section before the rest of the electro-hydraulic dance completes and the roof sinks sedately into the boot space. Here it is separated from the main luggage space by a stiff but moveable cover. When the roof is open the boot capacity is 180-litres and this increases to 310-litres when it is raised. For golfers, there is the option of a ski-flap load-through panel between the seats, which is said to accommodate a golfbag or two, depending on the roof position.
Aside from the 10-litre glovebox, there are some alternative storage solutions within the BMW Z4's cabin; the fold-out door bins for instance, and the oddments trays and compartments on the central tunnel. There is also a useable shelf that runs the full width of the car, behind the seats and, the optional Storage Package allows objects stored there to be held in place by a net. The package also includes a similar restraining net in the passenger's footwell, fastening belts in the boot, a storage bin in the bulkhead and two cup-holders under the central armrest.
The latest BMW Z4 is larger than the previous models, which allows for fractionally more interior space, aided by a certain amount of clever packaging. It is not exactly spacious inside but neither is it cramped. Besides any minor annoyances (should you find any) you can be easily overwhelmed by the smart leather interior, which is standard on the top, two trim and engine combinations. There is a choice of three colours and whichever colour is used on the seating, is carried over to the lower part of the dashboard, the door and the central armrest. There is also the option of having the upper part of the fascia in black leather, too.
The interior of the test car was finished in an exclusive BMW Z4 design line - Pure White. The sports seats are covered in Ivory White, fine, Nappa leather with Alcantara suede panels, which are echoed in the door panels. All complimented by Fineline Anthracite wood trim to the doors and central consoles.
With the new model comes some changes to the interior, making it even more driver-oriented. The three-spoke, steering wheel is exclusive to the BMW Z4, as are the circular instrument dials and air-conditioning controls.
BMW Z4 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||BMW Z4 sDrive35i|
|Colour||Deep Sea Blue|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||5.1 Seconds|
|Top Speed||155 mph|
|Transmission||7-Speed Double Clutch Transmission|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||40.4 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 years / Unlimited miles|
|Price (when tested on the 01/12/09)||£37,065|