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8.0
/ 10
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$33,765
BASE MSRP
$36,700
On Quality
The 2008 BMW Z4 offers good room for two and a surprisingly large trunk, along with Spartan but high-quality trim.
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accommodations are good for someone 6 feet tall
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cabins are cozy
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Simplicity is the prevailing aesthetic
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The 2008 BMW Z4 may not be at the top in terms of comfort, but for a two-seat sportscar, it does quite well.

Many sources describe this 2008 BMW's interior as "cozy"; it is after all, a two-seat roadster or coupe. Car and Driver says this BMW 2008 is "a comfortable long-distance cruiser with lots of legroom for tall drivers and passengers," but while Cars.com acknowledges that "accommodations are good for someone 6 feet tall," there is still a warning: "you have to fold yourself a bit to get into the Z4 when the top's up, and look out for that high doorsill." ConsumerGuide says, "cabins are cozy but have adult-size headroom and legroom," and notes that "adjustable sport seats may be too snug for some and seem shy on padding...large side bolsters, the low sports-car stance, and longish doors can impede entry and exit."

Cargo space aboard this BMW 2008 is "generous…more than enough storage room for two people on a four- or five-day road trip," according to Car and Driver, which goes on to report that "one driver managed to get a sewing machine, several gallons of paint, brushes, and rollers, and other odds and ends in the trunk while running errands." Cars.com says that this 2008 BMW's "Interior storage is so-so, with narrow door pockets and a tiny glove compartment that has no lock, leaving it accessible if you park the car with its top down," but notes that "the center storage behind the driver's right shoulder locks automatically along with the doors." Edmunds reports that, amazingly, "lowering the top doesn't result in compromises with regard to storage space in the trunk...the roadster's 9-cubic-foot trunk capacity remains almost unchanged."

The BMW 2008 Z4's controls leave something to be desired; Car and Driver complains that "the onboard computer's ergonomics were confoundedly complicated, frustrating and angering drivers and passengers alike. Any attempt to change function involved multiple menus." Beyond that, ConsumerGuide reports "Z4s have quality interior materials assembled with care," while Edmunds comments on the somewhat Spartan interior: "Simplicity is the prevailing aesthetic within the 2008 BMW Z4's cabin. This is a driver's car, and as such, the cockpit's furnishings offer little to shift your focus from the road. The cabin offers a broad dash, pleasant gauges, firm sport seats and not much else."

Cars.com reminds car buyers that "the dual-layer soft-top helps cut down on noise, but this is clearly a convertible," so a certain amount of road noise is to be expected. ConsumerGuide says that the BMW 2008 "engines make an enthusiast-pleasing full-throttle growl yet are reasonably quiet at lower rpm...tire noise is intrusive on most surfaces."

Conclusion

The 2008 BMW Z4 offers good room for two and a surprisingly large trunk, along with Spartan but high-quality trim.

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