BMW M3 vs Porsche Macan Turbo

The BMW M3 and Macan Turbo might appear different, but both offer five seats and serious performance. Quality and equipment count, too, but the one that makes us grin more is likely to win.

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What will they cost?

Let’s be honest here: lots. The Macan and M3 may be the product of a new era of efficient sports cars, but with all costs of private ownership accounted for – including fuel for 12,000 miles a year, depreciation, tyres, servicing and insurance – they are both predicted to cost just over Β£40,000 all-in if you sell on after three years.

However, given that most buyers will want to add at least metallic paint (Β£607), cruise control (Β£348) and Bluetooth (Β£271) to the Macan, all of which come as standard on the BMW, which is also slightly more economical according to our True MPG economy figures, it is the cheaper of these two cars to own by a narrow margin. The BMW is also cheaper than the Porsche to lease, at around Β£980 to the Porsche’s Β£1027.

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