Shopping for a new BMW Z4?
SEE LOCAL CLASSIFIEDS
FEATURES | 7 out of 10
sDrive35i adds niceties like leather seating, automatic climate control
Navigation automatically includes the latest version of iDrive
Car and Driver
Tucked into the Z4's dash is an 80-gigabyte hard drive for the optional navigation system
The 2009 BMW Z4's good but not great rating in this category isn't so much a reflection of the dearth of features inside the roadster—which offers most every tech option under the sun—but rather due to the exorbitant prices that BMW charges for some of its package deals. TheCarConnection.com's editors also mark the BMW Z4 2009 lineup down for the mediocre standard audio system, which is out of place in a luxury vehicle.
The price of entry for a 2009 BMW Z4 includes a lot of goodies to play around with regardless of which trim you purchase. Edmunds reports that both variants of the BMW Z4 2009 come with "a CD audio system with satellite radio preparation and an auxiliary input jack, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dynamic cruise control and rain-sensing wipers." Car and Driver adds that "stability control and bixenon headlights" are standard on both the BMW Z4 sDrive30i and sDrive35i. The standard features differences between the two models aren't significant, but Edmunds does state that the "sDrive35i adds niceties like leather seating, automatic climate control and aluminum interior trim" to the mix.
Most of the praise you are likely to hear about the 2009 BMW Z4's features will be spoken about the optional features, of which BMW offers quite a few. Car and Driver warns potential customers to "expect the Z4 to be available with BMW's familiar selection of price-inflating packages, such as Cold Weather and Premium" to go along with the "Extended Leather package that covers most of the interior in cowhide." Cars.com lists "available sun-reflective leather [that] reflects infrared radiation better to render less-than-scorching surfaces on a sunny day" as one of the BMW Z4's more unusual features, while "other options include...dual-zone automatic climate control, heated seats and a heated steering wheel."
For the BMW Z4, 2009 marks the first time that the BMW's iDrive vehicle interface will be available. For those whose first thought is to phone a software engineer when they hear the word "iDrive," Edmunds has some good news: The iDrive system on the BMW Z4 "benefits from the substantial revisions that BMW has applied for '09" and is "much easier to use than before." Motor Trend rounds out the list of major options by pointing out that "an 80-gigabyte hard drive for the optional navigation system" sits in the dash, while the "14-speaker, 650-watt stereo comes with an auxiliary input jack" in case you don't want to fool around with the hard drive's music-storage capability.
The 2009 BMW Z4 can be equipped with a wide range of desirable features, but you have to be willing to pay dearly for them.