2014 BMW Z4 vs. Its Competition

2014 BMW Z4
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

A decade ago, BMW and Mercedes-Benz has gone to six-cylinder base engines for their roadsters; now with better engine technology—especially turbocharging—they're returning to fours.

The Porsche Boxster stands as the most serious sports car in the group, and it's probably the top choice for those who also plan to take their car out on the track once in a while; the only disadvantage of the Porsche is that you get a little more interior noise.

The Infiniti Q60 is also at the portly end of the scale, although its strong V-6 is an asset.

The Audi TT is more of a sports car in its current generation and is a lean-feeling alternative that costs less.

Like the Z4 28i, the Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 offers strong fuel economy, although the SLK tends to feel a bit bulkier.

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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2014 BMW Z4 offers a pleasant balance of luxury, comfort, and sport, but it is at the pricier end of the roadster spectrum.
8.0
The 2014 Audi TT is quick, fun, and stylish--but don't expect to bring the family along for the ride.
8.4
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLK is the most conservative choice amongst its competitors, but the mini-SL makes for a charming, compelling choice.
9.0
The 2014 Porsche Boxster defines the luxury sports roadster segment with its power, grace, and style.
MSRP From    
$48,950N/A$39,900$43,525$50,400
Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded H-6
EPA Class    
Two-SeatersSubcompact CarsSubcompact CarsTwo-SeatersTwo-Seaters
Style Name    
2-Door Roadster sDrive28iRed Sport 400 AWD2-Door Coupe S tronic quattro 2.0T2-Door Roadster SLK2502-Door Roadster
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
24422
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
RoadsterCoupequattro CoupeRoadsterConvertible
Transmission    
Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD