The 2020 BMW Z4 is the Only Affordable Luxury Convertible on Edmund’s List

There are plenty of options to look for if you want to buy a sporty convertible, but there aren’t a lot of affordable choices if you want a mixture of luxury and sport. According to Edmunds, some of the best luxury convertible sports cars are the BMW 8 Series and the Lexus LC 500 — both of which cost a pretty penny. Lucky for buyers, there is one option on the website’s list that is more affordable: the 2020 BMW Z4.

A white BMW Z4 on display
A BMW Z4 | Manfred Schmid, Getty Images

How much does the 2020 BMW Z4 cost?

While the other options on the Edmunds list range upwards of $100,000 or more, the 2020 BMW Z4 offers a much more modest price. MSRP for a slightly used Z4 starts at around $49,700, which is still a pretty penny for a year old sports car, but with everything it has to offer, this well-rounded and somewhat unique sports car does right by that price.

BMW Z4 M40i Roadster compact convertible on display
BMW Z4 M40i Roadster | Sjoerd van der Wal, Getty Images

The BMW Z4 offers aggressive styling and handling

The 2020 BMW Z4 is the most aggressively styled year yet, letting go of the “cute” factor of many other small sports cars like the Mazda MX-5 and Lotus Elise and adaptive to meet the current designs of the brand. Updated headlights and taillights set this new generation apart from the old one in all of the best ways, making it a truly modern BMW. Styling isn’t the only aggressive thing about the latest Z4.

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Under the hood sits a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine, which might not sound like much. With the added boost from the turbocharger, however, the 2020 BMW Z4 offers 255 hp with 295 lb-ft of torque. While that won’t do much to impress American muscle car owners who can expect to see over 400 hp in their more modestly priced vehicles, the Z4 is lightweight and offers an agile and enjoyable handling experience that you can’t get from heavier sports cars.

Upgrading to the BMW Z4 M40i

Any BMW fan knows just how different the M variation of the cars are from their lower base models. For BMW, M stands for motorsport, and it represents the highest performance option that each model has. For quite a bit more, buyers can opt for the 2020 BMW Z4 M40i, which will cost around $63,700. Still, that’s cheaper than the options higher up on Edmund’s list.

The M40i variation offers more horsepower and torque from a turbocharged 3.0 liter 6-cylinder engine. So, if you’re looking for more power out of this spunky and luxurious convertible, you can expect to see 382 hp — which is quite a leap for driving enthusiasts.

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The 2020 BMW Z4 isn’t necessarily the cheapest option for a slightly used sports car. But according to Edmunds, it’s one of the best options you can find for the price and still get all of the touches of luxury and comfort you could want from such an expensive roadster.