2020 Jaguar F-Type vs. 2020 BMW Z4

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The F-Type has standard tall side airbags which act as a forgiving barrier between the driver and outboard passenger's upper bodies and the window and pillars. Combined with high-strength steel door beams and lower side airbags this system increases head protection in broadside collisions. The Z4 doesn't offer side airbag protection for the head.

The F-Type offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Z4 doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the F-Type and the Z4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.


The F-Type comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Z4’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the F-Type for 2 years and 24,000 miles longer than BMW pays for maintenance for the Z4 (5/60,000 vs. 3/36,000).


The F-Type has more powerful engines than the Z4:



F-Type P300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

296 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

F-Type P340 3.0 supercharged V6

340 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

F-Type P380 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

339 lbs.-ft.

F-Type R 5.0 supercharged V8

550 HP

502 lbs.-ft.

F-Type SVR 5.0 supercharged V8

575 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

Z4 sDrive30i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

255 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Z4 M40i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

382 HP

368 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the F-Type R is faster than the Z4 sDrive30i:



Zero to 30 MPH

1.3 sec

1.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.4 sec

5.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8 sec

13.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

3.9 sec

6.1 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.2 sec

3.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.8 sec

3.8 sec

Quarter Mile

11.7 sec

13.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

122 MPH

102 MPH

Top Speed

186 MPH

155 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the F-Type’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Z4 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The F-Type 2.0-liter’s standard fuel tank has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Z4 (16.6 vs. 13.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The F-Type V6/V8’s standard fuel tank has 4.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Z4 (18.5 vs. 13.7 gallons).


All wheel drive, available in the F-Type, provides the best traction for acceleration in wet, dry, and icy conditions. In corners, all wheel drive allows both outside wheels to provide power, balancing the car. This allows for better handling. The BMW Z4 is not available with all wheel drive.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the F-Type’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Z4:


F-Type R-Dynamic

F-Type R/SVR

F-Type opt.

Z4 sDrive30i

Z4 M40i

Front Rotors

14 inches

15 inches

15 inches

15.7 inches

13 inches

13.7 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

12.8 inches

14.8 inches

15 inches

13 inches

13.6 inches

The F-Type offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Z4 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The F-Type stops shorter than the Z4:



70 to 0 MPH

137 feet

146 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the F-Type has larger standard tires than the Z4 (F:245/45R18 & R:275/40R18 vs. F:225/45R18 & R:255/40R18). The F-Type SVR’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Z4 (F:265/35R20 & R:305/30R20 vs. F:255/35R19 & R:275/35R19).

The F-Type’s optional 295/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Z4’s optional 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the F-Type offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Z4’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The F-Type’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Z4 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-Type’s wheelbase is 6 inches longer than on the Z4 (103.2 inches vs. 97.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Z4.

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Z4’s (35 feet vs. 36 feet).

Passenger Space

The F-Type has .8 inches more front legroom and 2.2 inches more front shoulder room than the Z4.


The F-Type’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Z4 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The F-Type has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Z4 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the F-Type keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Z4 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Model Availability

The Jaguar F-Type comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the BMW Z4 isn’t available as a coupe.


The F-Type was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2014. The Z4 has never been an “All Star.”

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