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.

2012 BMW Z4 sDrive28i2012 BMW Z4
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Quick Specs
7.8
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.
8.0
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.
8.4
It may be the most pragmatic roadster of its kind, but the SLK 350 dares you to doubt its partying skills.
9.0
Stylish, fun, and capable, the 2012 Porsche Boxster is one of the best roadsters around.
MSRP From   
$48,650$38,300$42,500$48,100
Gas Mileage   
17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat-6
EPA Class   
Two SeatersSubcompact Cars2 SeaterTwo-Seater
Style Name   
2-Door Roadster sDrive28i2-Door Coupe S tronic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus2-Door Roadster SLK 2502-Door Roadster
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
2422
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
ConvertibleCoupe2 Door RoadsterConvertible
Transmission   
ManualAutomatic w/Manual ShiftManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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