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  • Harry

    can’t decide if i like the look or not. on one hand it looks stylish but on the other it looks pretty ugly.

  • Ethan

    That steering wheel looks pretty chunky… Too chunky in fact to get a comfortable hold…

    • http://www.caradvice.com.au Anthony Crawford

      It might look that way, but like all performance based Beemers, their steering wheels are some of the best in the business. They are remarkably grippy and have a nice tactile feel about them.

      • AW

        Agreed. I’ve driven a 520d with M Sport Kit, and it is a brilliant steering wheel (the car’s not a bad drive either haha). Wish I had one like it in my car….

        • Al Juraj

          BMW steering wheels are among the best to hold. Try them out before commenting.

  • Hector

    Anthony Crawford have you driven the Porsche Boxster S?

    would you go a 2-3 year old Boxster S over the 3.0 Z4 (looking at the complete package of the two)?

  • Eloeu

    Your right Audi interiors are overrated.. The premium segmant interiors goes in this order fromn best to worst

    1.Lexus
    2.BMW
    3.Mercedes
    4.Audi

    There is no denying Lexus makes the best interiors across the range even their bottom of the line IS has a very premium interior..

    • Jimmy

      Don’t know about your first choice there… as much as I like garish wood grain and crappy digital clock displays, I think I’ll forgo Lexus and put BMW as my number one.

    • Andrew Juma

      I think the recent Mercedes cars can match Audi for interior quality. BMW is still a cut below and I just cannot mention Lexus in the same breath. The crappy digital clocks (how, in this day and age can a premium car have such trash), abominable fake wood and suspect leather just do not do it for me.

    • nickdl

      I’d go BMW, Audi, Merc and Lexus actually. Lexus’ interiors are too similar to Toyota and the horrible woodgrain they use only makes it worse. Merc don’t use the same quality materials as Audi and BMW do and BMW manage to make theirs look the best as well.

    • MF

      I wonder how many people here actually have driven a Lexus? They are probably too snobby to even give it a try.

    • mitch

      No denying ? Well I deny it..Merc & Audi are nicer inside than Lexus.Makes me wonder if you’ve sat in them all or just comparing photos..

      • Eloeu

        Yes I have sat in C-class, E-class and I have sat on Lexus IS, GS and RX.. In have also sat in BMW 7 series, 5 series and 3 series and Audi A4..

        Mercedes interiors look to edgy and swarthy, the C-class has too many hard plastic bits which makes the car very cheap. 3 series and 5 series interiors are too sporty to be considered luxury and A4 interior is too flat, the centre console ruins it..

        Lexus interiors put great emphasis on luxury, they usually have wood on steering, doors and on the centre console where the gear is etc.. And soft touches everywhere, the entire interior.. I just can’t explain it, you have to go in a Lexus to understand what I mean.. And play around and touch the interior..

  • http://www.caradvice.com.au Anthony Crawford

    Hector, good question. I have driven the Boxster and the Techart version of the Cayman, but not the Boxster S. While I rate both Porsche cars for a brilliant chassis – The Z4 is more fun and arguably better finished. Spec-for-spec you would need to compare the Z4 sDrive 335i to the Boxster S and the Z4 is quicker and more potent than the Porsche. You also get a smaller screen in the Porsche (6.6″ vs 8.8″).

    • David

      I’m no car journo, but I have driven auto versions of both the Z4 sdrive23i as well as the base model Boxster. Z4 was much more exciting to drive and felt more polished. The Boxster S manual would be a hoot though.

  • David

    Aguably one of the best looking current BMW’s in my view. A big improvement over the previous Z4.

  • nickdl

    Great review Anthony. Is your hair really long enough to get ruined by the wind?? :)

    The new Z4 is a great looking car IMO, shame about the unfortunate colour of this one, looks much better in dark blue. BMW’s engines are just fantastic, they can’t be faulted. The hard decision is if you want a $100k Beemer, this or a 1 Series M Coupe…

    • http://www.caradvice.com.au Anthony Crawford

      Nick, unlike many of the over 40 crew, I still have a full head of hair and things can definitely go wrong in the wind.

    • DDH

      I actually think the colour is cool – it is called Orion. Bit like a Ferrari 612 scag in beige or as they call it Grigio Ingrid

  • Carrara

    At Lexus haters, Lexus is all about interior, it’s one of heir main sale point, Lexus places big emphasis on interior refinement, comfort, quality and innovation.. It’s the small touches that make Lexus amazing like how the light all dim if it’s nght or day, how the I terior cluster lights up when door is open and other little touches, door compartment lighting etc

    Lexus interiors also give you a cuddly feel with the high grade quality leather (unlike the fake leather you get in BMW’s) and Lexus I teriors are generally well padded..

    Next time actually go sit on a Lexus before you start talking trash about it

    • K20A

      Can you substantiate your statement that BMW uses fake leather? I am quite knowledgeable with their products and can confirm that they do not and in my memory (1990 onwards) have not used fake leather. Even the backing & headrests are upholstered in genuine leather (some manufacturers cut cost by using different material for non-seating surfaces).

      Have you had personal experience with ‘fake leather’ in BMW?

      Lexus interior are very nice indeed albeit in a very different way. Lexus interior does not feel European, never will be and am sure they’re not trying to be one either.

      All the things you’ve mentioned (auto dimming, ‘entry’ lighting, door compartment lighting) are also featured in BMW/Mercs/Audi in varying degree. European cars also the very first to offer ambient lighting (two small LEDs that project down into the gear lever area). BMWs have had this since the early 90s.. same with Audi I’m pretty sure. Japanese have only caught up with this in the last 5 years or so.

      Regarding ‘padding’, it is intentional. Have you driven Merc/Audi/BMW/Lexus (all of them) if you have, you’ll realise that it’s not only just the padding of the seats, but the whole feel of the car is also consistent (i.e., Lexus’ and Merc’s controls, switches, steering, transmission, pedals, doors, etc. will feel lighter and take less effort to operate than BMW. Audi is somewhere in between. These intangible qualities embody the brand and something that is carefully thought out. There’s no right or wrong and they’re just personal preferences. BMW and Audi seats (and VW) are always firm.. always have been and I don’t think it’s going to change anytime soon.. that’s just how they pad their seats. On the opposite, sitting in a Merc / Lexus with their perforated leather is a joy to behold after a long hard day at work.. the leather feels buttery soft and the overall impression is more luxurious. Again, this doesn’t mean BMW’s or Audi’s are of less quality..

      I also remember reading Lexus brochure in the early 00s that says the leather they use comes from animals that roam in a wire-fence free environment (hence fence marks on leather is minimised).

      Just my two cents.

    • Devil’s Advocate

      Most of the interior of a Lexus I agree does have a premium look/feel, however they still continue to use the cheap looking green/blue digital display for the clock/climate control temperature display that has been used in cars for decades ie virtually identical to the clock in the 1983 Sigma my wife had when I first met her as well as the late 80s model Cressida. I have even seen this type of display used in the latest LS and is such a contrast from the look of the “optitron” dashboard! IMHO it really detracts from the overall ambience of the cabin.

      WRT to the BMW fake leather, many manufacturers use “fake leather” on things like seat backs etc and they even mention it, as they should, on their websites/specificatino lists etc. I wouldn’t be surprised if even Lexus do this on some less visible surfaces.

      • K20A

        You would be glad to know that Lexus has finally get rid of the HH:MM:SS buttons! :)

        Therefore the time is now sync’d with the GPS.. and displayed through the advanced fluorescent display presentation.

        I have also commented before.. about the tape deck Lexus insist on keeping.. up until few years ago. My cousin’s RX330 bought in 2004 still had one.. and I’m pretty sure GS450h still had one too! I just have to find that UB40 cassette I bought in primary school with saved-up lunch money..

        Cressida eh? those were nice cars.. I can still remember the softness of those moth-brown velour seats..

  • Spellcheck

    I want to like Lexus, but they just look and feel so much like Toyota. For the money I’d stick with Audi and BMW, Mercs are great….if you’re retired.

    • K20A

      Spot on. Lexus are great cars but for a car enthusiast like me, I can spot too many shared parts with Toyota :( The infamous green digital clock is one of them!

      Thank goodness they’ve get rid of the dreaded HH:MM:SS button recently!!! they still had it up until few years ago.

      BMW and Audi for me (now), Mercs or Jags when I hit my 50s and 60s.

  • Dennis

    CA,

    Do you know if BMW have sorted the diff issues they had with the First Z4?

  • zzz4

    what i like about it is there isn’t that many around unlike the boxster…..and best of both world boxster and cayman all into one. I known the cayman is much better on the road.

  • ddd

    Love the interior!!

    the exterior is H I D E O U S!!!

    • ddd

      hang on a sec…. i looked at the previous models pix.

      that was FUGLY!

      the new one, however…. big leap forward in ext design!

  • Al Juraj

    Not stunning to look at? Man you should drive the car to OPSM.

  • categeorgia@bigpond.com

    well i guess it is ok

BMW Z4 Specs

sDRIVE 20i : 2.0L TURBO MPFI - 8 SP AUTOMATIC - PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL - 2D ROADSTER
Car Details
Make
BMW
Model
Z4
Variant
sDRIVE 20i
Series
E89 MY12
Year
2011
Body Type
2D ROADSTER
Seats
2
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
TURBO MPFI
Engine Size
2.0L
Cylinders
TURBO 4
Max. Torque
270Nm @  1250rpm
Max. Power
135kW @  5000rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
95.1W/kg
Bore & Stroke
84x90.1mm
Compression Ratio
10.0
Valve Gear
VARIABLE DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
8 SP AUTOMATIC
Drive Type
REAR WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
0
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
55
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
6.8L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1420
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1291mm
Length
4239mm
Width
1790mm
Ground Clearance
110mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:0  Unbrake:0
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
10.7
Front Rim Size
8x17
Rear Rim Size
8x17
Front Tyres
225/45 R17
Rear Tyres
225/45 R17
Wheel Base
2496
Front Track
1511
Rear Track
1559
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Standard Features
Comfort
Automatic Air Con / Climate Control, Heated Front Seats
Control & Handling
17 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution
Driver
Adjustable Steering Wheel - Tilt & Telescopic, Cruise Control, Leather Steering Wheel, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Parking Distance Control, Power Steering
Engine & Transmission
Dynamic Drive, Electronic Differential Lock
Entertainment
Radio CD with 6 Speakers
Exterior
Electric Top, Power Mirrors
Interior
Leather Upholstery, Power Windows
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking
Security
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Comfort
Power front seat Driver, Sport Seats
Control & Handling
18 Inch Alloy Wheels, Sports Suspension
Driver
Satellite Navigation
Entertainment
Premium Sound System, Television
Exterior
Metallic Paint, M Sport Package II
Security
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft
Other
Service Interval
12 months /  25,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  999,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
8-J-8
Country of Origin
GERMANY