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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Four stars, front impact; five stars, rollover resistance
side-impact airbags, knee airbags, antilock brakes and BMW's Dynamic Stability Control electronic stability system are standard
For a two-seat sportscar, the 2008 BMW Z4 offers an impressive level of safety, TheCarConnection.com notes.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded better-than-average scores to this 2008 BMW, including a full five stars for rollover resistance. Both trims of the Z4 received four stars for front driver and passenger impact protection. The roadster received only three stars for side impact protection; the coupe was not tested in a side-impact crash. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not tested the 2008 BMW Z4.
Cars.com reports that "side-impact airbags, knee airbags, antilock brakes and BMW's Dynamic Stability Control electronic stability system are standard" for this BMW 2008, as is a cutoff switch for the front passenger airbag and tire pressure monitoring system. Edmunds reports that every Z4 BMW 2008 "comes standard with antilock disc brakes, run-flat tires, rollover protection (for the convertible), stability control, side airbags and active knee protection."
There are some driver visibility problems; ConsumerGuide reports that visibility behind the wheel of this 2008 BMW "is compromised by the low seating position along with the coupe's slanted roofline and convertible's top and roll bars." Cars.com describes the BMW 2008 model's visibility as "questionable," although "close to the driver's head, the glass rear window provides a decent view." Parking this BMW 2008 "can be tricky due to the obstructed view and difficulty judging over the trunk and hood exactly where the rounded body ends."
The 2008 BMW Z4 may be one of the safest two-seaters on the road, but visibility is a concern.