BMW M3 review

Category: Performance car

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The BMW M3 Competition looks rather expensive when compared with the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and (estate-only) Audi RS4 Avant. But bear in mind that it's only slightly pricier than the Mercedes-AMG C63 S and, like the C63 S, the Competition is the most potent version in its model range. 

The M3 Competition is also predicted to depreciate more slowly than the Quadrifoglio and C63 S. Don’t expect it to be a cheap car to run, though – in our real-world tests the M3 averaged 26.3mpg. That’s not bad for something with more than 500bhp (under the same conditions the C63 S Coupe returned just 23.3mpg), but it’s hardly parsimonious either.

Overview

A brilliant performance saloon that’s far more capable (if not necessarily more fun) than its main rival, the V8-powered Mercedes C63 AMG

  • Staggering pace and grip
  • High-quality interior
  • Comfortable ride
  • Mercedes-AMG C63 S sounds better
  • Needs to be driven hard to really engage
  • Fairly pricey
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