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BMW Z4: 100,000 kilometer endurance test – AUTO BILD

Perhaps the most surprising thing about this long-term test: even die-hard fanboys have made peace with engine downsizing at BMW. “I never thought I’d say that,” writes service boss Mario Pukšec in the driver’s log: “But The six-cylinder is not really needed in the BMW Z4. “That the core of the brand, which is sacred for traditionalists, except in the 340 PS The strong top model M40i has been melted down everywhere, the Nordschleife racer doesn’t find it bad. On the contrary: “The four-cylinder sDrive30i is 120 kilograms less probably the sportier car. And he’s with you fast enough 258 hp even.”

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Pukšec expresses what many think. Shortly after its long-term test debut in September 2019, the sapphire-black BMW roadster became a favorite in the editorial fleet: “Almost everything is here a great pleasure“, Dirk Branke, the deputy test boss, cheers. And so does his colleague Henning Hinze, who otherwise works for the sister paper AUTO BILD KLASSIK Antique car writes, hardly comes out of the raving: “Fits like a glove! I have no idea why there are other cars at all, except for towing a trailer.” Only the babbling sound (“artificial”) and that design he would have liked more discreet.

BMW Z4 sDrive 30i

Lacquer and leather: functionality and material quality in the cockpit are top-notch.

Naturally he hits 4.32 meter short two-seater with the sinful red leather interior, especially as a talented curve milling machine with “tail-tailed handling” (Alexander Bernt) into the hearts of the editors. Yes, it could be a little narrower. But the easy-to-turn one, already from the cellar beefy pushing turbo engine is a poem and with 8.0 liters per 100 kilometers By no means thirsty in the face of what is commanded. the attentive, precise, but not over-nervous steering works like a good secretary: Everything the boss needs to know gets through to him, the rest stays outside. The electronically adjustable chassis is also a dreamthat hits every intermediate note on the keyboard between sporty-dry and digestible-tour-ready.

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power

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Four-cylinder, turbo, lengthways at the front

190 kW (258 PS) at 5000 rpm

Rear-wheel drive / eight-speed automatic

It is all the more astonishing that the Z4 also reveals virtues that one does not immediately expect in a fun car for the nicer days of the year. That’s something like that Trunk with a volume of 281 liters not only 101 liters larger than its predecessor, which was replaced in 2018. With his practical cut and sufficient depth It is also suitable for tours that require measuring equipment or a photographer’s case in addition to a travel bag.
BMW Z4 sDrive 30i

Suitable for travel: One of the longest tours took the Z4 to Croatia. Here a stop at the port of Jadranovo.

No wonder that colleagues traveling on business are queuing up at test coordinator Gunnar Heisch’s for the Z4. He can even do a bulk purchase of beverages. That qualifies it as the first car for singles or couples who have the necessary change, and is at the same time a further indication that BMW is after the hardtop interlude with the predecessor E 89 With the return to the space-saving fabric hood, everything was done right Has.

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Purists like test editor Malte Büttner celebrate the hood as “reparation for classic roadster fans”. In the meantime, their appeal is almost exclusively of an emotional nature: Exemplary noise insulation and the weatherproof material come very close to the qualities of a steel roof and also satisfy long-distance drivers and lantern parkers. The ten-second opening time also encourages you to take advantage of short breaks in the rain for open-top driving – very welcome, not only at the notoriously wet editorial office in Hamburg.

The disassembly does not reveal any defects

BMW Z4 sDrive 30i

The clutch friction plates still look very good.

Bad weather is not a challenge for the Z4, even when it gets really uncomfortable. A colleague who gets caught in a heavy snowstorm on the A 81 between Heilbronn and Würzburg in 2020 is amazed when the BMW spontaneously longs for an all-wheel drive SUV Nipped in the bud: “In the end I was happy not to be sitting on something that was driving under me, but by them Feel vehicle reactions directly in the extended back“, he remembers.” Even the 258 PS settled thanks to the sensitive driving aids bring it to the smooth floor without any problems. ”

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BMW Z4 in the 100,000 kilometer endurance test

The causes problems Z4 none else either. During the entire endurance test he has to never unscheduled in the workshop. Also, the dismantling under the strict eyes of DEKRA promotes neither defects nor significant wear and tear revealed. The slight abrasion on the left cheek of the driver’s seat passes as a venial sin. The fact that the 100,000 kilometers of floor carpets or the leather steering wheel rim passed without a trace speaks for the quality of the materials used. Given the meanwhile on just over 50,000 euros increased base price actually a matter of honor, but still not a matter of course.
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acceleration

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from 100 km / h cold

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from 100 km / h warm

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at 50 km / h

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at 100 km / h

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Test consumption – CO2

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A sovereign march to grade 1, because criticism is limited to small things such as sporadic creaking noises from the dashboard or the quickly dirty lens of the reversing camera during the entire period of use. Colleague Peter Fischer found it annoying that the navigation system led him a couple of times on detours. Others might even have liked it in a car as active as the Z4, because as the saying goes: the journey is the destination. If not here, then where?
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reliability

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Long-term quality (from dismantling)

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Everyday scoring / driving

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Engine / transmission damage 0x15

Defective drive / functional parts 0x5

Additional short workshop visit 0x3

Additional workshop visit lasting several days 0x5

Defects and special work (radio / sat nav / liquids etc.) 0x2

Defective small parts (lamps, etc.) 0x1

Body (preservation, paint, carpets, cladding) 0-5

Engine (power, leak tightness, deposits, tracks) 0-5

Transmission (tightness, abrasion, condition, clutch) 0-5

Exhaust system (condition, catalytic converter, suspension, shielding plates) 0-5

Chassis (axles, suspension, steering, mounting) 0-5

Electrics (cables, plugs, control devices, fuses) 0-5

Results from the entries in the logbook 0-10

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