The 2014 BMW Z4 35i can be described as a grown-up roadster with an impressive balance of extravagance, comfort and sportiness. Retract the roof and feel like a shooting star soaring down the road in this sleek modern convertible.
The 2014 BMW Z4 35i is the elite fun-loving roadster that nurtures the driver’s need for—not only speed but—comfort. Representing the next generation of premium convertibles, the Z4 offers top-notch leather upholstery seating, ample legroom and generous cargo space (eight cubic feet with the roof up) that makes it ideal for long road trips. Roominess is often unheard of in convertibles, but BMW has clearly made it a priority for the two-seater.
The aerodynamic convertible’s smooth look is undeniably roadster. Simple details, such as converging arcs and raised character lines add to the distinguished look that comes from the BMW genetics. It’s a high class vehicle, even if it is high-school-graduation-limousine-ride exciting.
The Z4 35i is equipped with an 18-inch wheel, sports steering wheel, lowered suspension and BMW Assist service, in addition to the 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine that can pack a hefty 300 hp and 300 lb/feet of torque. Although it doesn’t feel as sharp and sleek as other sports cars, such as the Porsche Boxster and the Mazda Miata, the BMW Z4 is still fully capable of taking on curvy turns as well as turning heads.
As for standard features, the 35i offers a multitude of features that include adaptive bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights, heated mirrors, keyless ignition/entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power seats and driver memory.
And what’s more enjoyable that driving down the coast with the wind blowing in your hair? Singing along to your favourite tunes while cruising of course. The Z4’s optional Premium Sound package adds first-class hi-fi audio and a one-year subscription to satellite radio.
The standard safety feature for the Z4 35i includes antilock brakes, stability and traction control and side airbags. Also onboard is the BMW Assist eCall system that has an integrated emergency assistance button and automatic crash notification. Upgrades can be added to include stolen vehicle recovery and remote door unlock.
The Z4 35i’s fuel economy is not as impressive as the vehicle’s features and styles. With a 21 mpg combined, the convertible is likely to exceed the EPA ratings.
The 2014 BMW Z4 35i is the decadent choice in terms of comfort and fashion. There is something about roadsters that is just so appealing. BMW has done a fantastic job of combining the power and elegance of a sport car with the modern luxury attraction. There are few that can rival the Z4 35i’s prowess, but if you are still shopping around, consider the Audi TT.
2014 BMW Z4 35i
Reviewed by Unhaggle on .
Rating: 8.8 / 10
|Trim / Style||MSRP||Est. Monthly Payment||Average Price||Invoice Price|
|Roadster||$63,900||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|Engine||Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6|
|Horsepower @RPM||300 @ 5800|
|Fuel Type||Direct Gasoline Injection|
|Drive Train||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Transmission Type||6-Speed M/T|
|Power and Performance:|
The Z4 sDrive35i gets a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder that produces 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. It gets a standard six-speed manual (no auto stop-start), and a seven-speed automated manual transmission (known as DCT) is an extra-cost option. With the manual, this Z4 hit 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, which is quicker than the SLK and base Porsche Boxster. It ties the Boxster S. EPA mileage stands at 21 combined (19 city/26 highway) with the manual and 20 combined (17 city/24 highway) with DCT.
Originally appeared on Edmunds.
|Interiors and Special Features:|
The 2014 BMW Z4 sDrive35i’s cabin is snug, tight, low, and spot-on perfect. The seats hold if not grab occupants. An ideal driving position is quickly found and reasons to leave the Z4’s cockpit are not.
Originally posted on Auto123.
The BMW Z4 hasn't been crash tested by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in recent years, but BMW's reputation for chassis engineering, a solid standard safety equipment package, and the innate obstacle-avoidance properties of the Z4's sporty design should make it as secure as any roadster.
Originally posted on The Car Connection.