2017 BMW M3

Starting MSRP: $64,000 - $64,000

Estimated MPG: 17 city / 26 hwy

2017 BMW M3 Review

With the 2017 BMW M3, you get a small sports sedan that provides a truly dynamic driving experience. The M3 also delivers assertive sheet metal and an impressive range of upscale technologies.

By Charles Krome
Last Updated 08/23/2017

The BMW M3 is a luxury sports sedan that seats five passengers, and it's the high-performance variant of the 2017 3 Series. The M3 is sold in a single, well-equipped trim with a standard six-cylinder engine.

For 2017, BMW’s adaptive M suspension becomes standard on all models, as does the iDrive 5.0 infotainment system. The available Executive package now includes wireless device charging and a mobile Wi-Fi hot spot. Finally, to honor the 30th anniversary of the original M3, BMW also is offering a new limited edition for the 2017 model year: the 30 Jahre M3. This model incorporates performance and appearance upgrades, and BMW will produce 150 units of the 30 Jahre M3 for U.S. customers.

Exterior

Exterior

The M3 features distinctive aerodynamic upgrades and hallmark M design cues, including a standard rear spoiler, power-dome hood and side vents located behind the front wheel arches. Also standard are adaptive xenon headlights, LED daytime running lamps, 18-inch alloy wheels, a handsfree power-opening trunk and power-folding and heated exterior mirrors with auto-dimming capability.

Owners can choose available features such as 19- and 20-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, adaptive LED headlights and a variety of premium metallic exterior finishes.

Interior

Interior
The cabin of the M3 combines a driver-focused, horizontally oriented dashboard and a premium environment. Both rows of seats are reasonably spacious, and adults will be comfortable in the second row. A standard split-folding rear seat provides a cargo pass-through to the car’s trunk, which provides 12 cubic feet of cargo space.

The M3's list of standard interior features includes carbon-fiber trim, cloth/leather seating upholstery, Anthracite headliner, dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power-adjustable M sport seats with multi-stage heating, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and an adjustable multi-function M sport steering wheel. For an even more uplevel interior, the M3 offers a number of Merino leather cabin themes and real-wood trim styles, plus a heated steering wheel.

Performance

Performance

The foundation for the M3’s hard-charging performance is a standard 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine. This unit is turbocharged to produce 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, all of which is sent to the car’s rear wheels through a standard six-speed manual transmission. A seven-speed double-clutch automatic transmission is optional. Notably, the former gearbox enables 0-60 mph acceleration in 4.1 seconds, and the latter can lower that mark to 3.9 seconds. Important performance options include M carbon-ceramic brakes and an extra 19 horsepower from the M Competition package.

EPA ratings for the standard M3 powertrain are set at 17/26 mpg city/highway, and fuel-economy grades with the dual-clutch transmission are 17/24 mpg city/highway.

Technology

Technology

The M3 covers all the bases when it comes to technology content. Base models are nicely equipped with HD radio, satellite radio, keyless entry and ignition, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, navigation with 3D maps, a 200 GB hard drive with 20 GB of storage for audio files, real-time traffic information and Bluetooth phone and audio streaming.

The list of available content includes blind spot detection, side- and top-view cameras, forward collision mitigation with pedestrian warning and automatic braking, lane departure warning, a rearview camera, a head-up display, wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, front and rear parking sensors, Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring and a self-parking system.