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Used test: BMW M3 vs Porsche Macan verdict

An unlikely pairing, but the Porsche Macan sports SUV has the driving chops to challenge the performance car status quo. So, is the BMW M3 or the Macan the better used buy?...

BMW M3 vs Porsche Macan Turbo

Our verdict

Fast, fun and refined, the Porsche Macan is astonishing, but a BMW M3 beater it is not. As much as the Macan hides its SUV height and weight on the road, take it out of isolation and pit it against an M3 and a spotlight is shone on its bulk. The M3 is a much sharper and livelier machine. 

It's also cheaper to buy and run, plus it's better equipped, so the M3 proves the better used buy, as well as the more rewarding driver's car.

Within their respective classes, these two cars are equally esteemed, we should add. As such, we wouldn't blame you if you bought either, depending on your needs, and they earn the same star rating from us. 

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1st  BMW M3

BMW M3 vs Porsche Macan Turbo

For Blistering pace; masses of grip; engaging drive; more affordable
Against Road noise; less comfortable; lower-quality interior

What Car? says 4 stars out of 5

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2nd – Porsche Macan

BMW M3 vs Porsche Macan Turbo

For Quick and smooth; secure, agile handling; plusher; bigger boot
Against Not as fun as the M3; short on standard kit from new; pricier 

What Car? says 4 stars out of 5

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Specification: BMW M3 DCT

Engine 3.0-litre, 6cyl, twin-turbo
Power 425bhp
Torque 406lb ft
0-60mph 4.0 sec
Top speed 155mph
Fuel economy 27.6mpg
CO2 emissions 194g/km

Specification: Porsche Macan Turbo

Engine 3.6-litre, V6, twin-turbo
Power 394bhp
Torque 406lb ft
0-60mph 4.3sec
Top speed 165mph
Fuel economy 23.4mpg
CO2 emissions 208g/km

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