Let's start by saying that the revitalised Z4 does not set any fresh benchmarks in the handling department. It is a sports car with a touch of grand tourer about it. It feels really good behind the wheel but it does not actually wow you. That said, it is pretty satisfying to drive, and very enjoyable over a wide variety of roads. The car's very even 50/50 front/rear weight balance does much for its assured feel through the bends. It has the advantage of adjustable settings for the chassis, throttle and steering, via the standard-fit Driving Experience Control, so you can set the feel of the car the way you like it.. You choose between Comfort, Sport and Sport+. The Sport modes sound the most inviting, but we found them the least enjoyable, giving the car a twitchy, nervous feel. It is interesting for a short burst over a demanding road, but in Comfort setting the car has a much more reassured and less frenetic manner.Ease of Use
By sports car standards the Z4 is a convenient car to live with on a daily basis. Big doors give good access, and it is pretty reasonable to get into and out of regardless of having the roof up or down. The powered top is quick and easy to operate, and can be operated on the move at low speed, so if it starts to rain when you are pottering in traffic, you can switch to weather-proof mode without stopping. When the top is up, it is easier to see out of than some other convertibles. The rear screen is a reasonable size, and small back windows give a rearward three-quarters view when you need it.
Top raised, you could be fooled into thinking that this new-style Z4 is a coupe. The disadvantage of the folding steel-top arrangement comes when the roof goes down and swallows up some of the top part of the boot space. There is still enough room for two bulky weekend suitcases and a couple of briefcases, but they have to be loaded below a demarcation cover, and tempting space at the sides of the boot has to be left unoccupied to allow roof operation.
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