2012 BMW Z4 vs. Its Competition

2012 BMW Z4 sDrive28i
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

While the latest Z4 boosts its gas mileage with the new turbo four, it's not quite as nimble as previous versions.

Nevertheless, it remains one of the most lithe options in its class, as competitors like the Audi TT, Mercedes-Benz SLK and Infiniti G37 have added bulk or started from larger bases.

Aside from the Porsche Boxster, it's the most serious sports car in the group, though each of the others offers some benefit in comfort (SLK), price (G37), or all-wheel-drive ability (TT).

The Boxster's sporting purity outshines the Z4's, but at the expense of a noisy cabin and a soft top.

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Quick Specs
The 2012 BMW Z4 is a great option for the driver seeking a balance of fun and comfort, making it a great light tourer, but it can quickly become expensive with added options.
The 2012 Audi TT gets a burst of testosterone and sports-car cred with a bold new TT RS model; otherwise it's a surprisingly well-rounded (and economical) performer.
A sexy, lavishly equipped luxury car, the 2012 Infiniti G37 Coupe has much of the vaunted performance feel of its primary German target.
It may be the most pragmatic roadster of its kind, but the SLK 350 dares you to doubt its partying skills.
Stylish, fun, and capable, the 2012 Porsche Boxster is one of the best roadsters around.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6Gas I4Gas Flat-6
EPA Class    
Two SeatersSubcompact CarsSubcompact2 SeaterTwo-Seater
Style Name    
2-Door Roadster sDrive28i2-Door Coupe S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus2-Door Base RWD2-Door Roadster SLK 2502-Door Roadster
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
ConvertibleCoupe2 Door Coupe2 Door RoadsterConvertible
ManualAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/ODManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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