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BMW Z4 (G29) Review Rundown

BMWPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Neoscore* 0%
  • Terrific six-cylinder engine
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Excellent handling
  • Nothing in particular


The new BMW Z4 is aimed squarely at the driving enthusiast, available with three different petrol engines and in three different specifications. The cheapest and least potent version is also the most satisfying model to drive. Still not quite in the Porsche 718 Boxster league for pure dynamic precision, the entry-level Z4 nevertheless has a lot going for it, and is a much more convincing sports car than its predecessor.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.



Sentiment Score[*] 68%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
Top-spec Z4 M40i costs from just over £49,000 – closer in price to the standard Boxster than the higher-powered S. Below that sits the Z4 sDrive20i and the sDrive30i (£40,690) All are rear-wheel drive and come with an eight-speed auto box, although the base model will get a six-speed manual at a later date. The Z4's chassis is impressive; the turn-in is razor sharp and the front end devoid of understeer.
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  • Stylish looks
  • Impressive infotainment system
  • Comfortable to drive
  • No six-speed manual
  • Poor steering


Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The cheapest and least potent version of the new Z4 is also the most satisfying model to drive. Lighter than the more expensive M40i by a full 130kg, it steers and handles more sweetly than its big brother, plus it's cleaner and comes with plenty of equipment. The UK range starts at £36,990 for the sDrive20i Sport.
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  • Powerful engine
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Lots of standard equipment
  • Not quite as powerful as its predecessor


Sentiment Score[*] 58%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
BMW has ditched the hard-top for a lighter canvas lid, which folds away in 10 seconds at up to 31mph. This M40i version of the Z4 is certainly fast, and like all modern M cars, it'll top out at 155mph. In our experience, though, the lighter, cheaper Z4 sDrive20i is likely to be the pick of the range for most buyers.
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  • Gorgeous interior
  • Fantastic eight-speed automatic box
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Lacklustre engine and gearbox
  • Lack of grip in Sport mode


1. ^ New BMW Z4 2019 review. autoexpress. 2018-11-07 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ New BMW Z4 sDrive20i M Sport 2019 review. autoexpress. 2019-03-20 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ New BMW Z4 M40i 2019 review. autoexpress. 2019-05-10 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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