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BMW Z4 28i (2013)

by John Ewing,reviewed December 2013

BMW’s slinky Z4 has had a recent update – there’s revised equipment including an eight-speed auto box (standard on 20i and 28i), plus some mild cosmetic refurbishing.

The sporty coupe lines can be transformed into a roadster with the flick of a switch, folding away the aluminium hardtop into the boot. Even without the spatial losses from dropping the top, the boot proved rather squidgy for practical duties such as weekly shopping for two.

However, the Z4 is first and foremost a toy to be enjoyed, so maybe practical considerations shouldn’t weigh too heavily against it. And our 28i test car really did deliver on the enjoyment front.

The four-cylinder engine with twin-scroll turbo punches above its weight, providing strong, responsive performance while still achieving respectable fuel economy. And the new auto is smooth shifting and always seems to offer the right gear.

Our test car was fitted with a $2900 M Sport Pack option, including 18” alloys and M Sport suspension.

Its chassis is a pleasure when punting along twisty roads, feeling communicative and with that lovely rear-drive balance and nimbleness that brings a smile to a driver’s face. It’s pretty firm in the ride, with jarring more obvious at low speeds and over gnarly blacktop. The level of tyre rumble on coarse chip road surfaces can be quite intrusive.

BMW Z4 28i 2013

For

Dynamics, fuel economy, powertrain refinement

Against

Boot space limited, tyre rumble, limited oddments stowage space

Key features

Dual-zone climate-control, 17” alloys, run-flat tyres, paddle shifters, cruise control with braking function, bluetooth, BMW Professional audio system, navigation, leather trim, park distance control, heated power seats.

Safety

Dual front/side airbags, electronic stability/traction control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, cornering brake control, dry-braking function, hill-start assist.

Car Details

Vehicle make BMW
Vehicle model Z4 28i
Vehicle type Luxury Sports
Year 2013
Price when new $89,900 MLP
Current price range $ - $
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Engine 2.0-litre, TwinPower turbo, petrol 4-cyl
Max power 180kW @ 5000-6500rpm
Max torque 350Nm @ 1250-4800 rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 6.0 seconds (tested)
Braking from 80 km/h 21.85m* (tested)
Economy ADR 6.8 litres/100km
Emissions rating
5 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.