The step up from the base model to the middle-child option, the sDrive 30i, is surprisingly significant, and more so when you consider that it runs the same engine as the base model - a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder unit, only one with a different state of tune.

That tweaking of the software, which effectively adds $20,000 to the price - taking this variant to $104,900, unleashes significantly more power, with 190kW and 400Nm.

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That extra 45kW and 80Nm make a significant difference to the way the car feels to drive, as you’d expect, and drops your 0 to 100km/h time by a significantly noticeable 1.2 seconds - 5.4 seconds vs 6.6.

The 30i, then, is very much the sweet spot in the new Z4 range, unless you’re a particularly enthusiastic enthusiast. It’s also where the best value sits. 

On top of the standard inclusions in the entry-level Z4, you get 19-inch alloys, the Comfort Access package - which allows you to lock and unlock the car, and start it, using either the provided, credit-card-sized Digital Key, or via your smartphone, as long as it’s a Samsung.

You’ll also stop quicker with M Sport Brakes and ride better with Adaptive M Suspension. Your 30i also gets you Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function and adaptive LED headlights.

It’s a better car than the 20i, then, but it’s still let down by the overly firm ride and slightly dozy steering.