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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest BMW 3-Series M3 (14-18) review.

Parkers overall rating: 5 out of 5 5.0
BMW 3-Series M3 (07-13) - rated 5 out of 5
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PROS

Ultimate driver's car, purposeful styling, sublime V8 engine, standard leather and sat nav

CONS

High running costs, hard ride, fairly plain cabin

At a glance

New price £51,645 - £73,275
Used price £8,970 - £25,110
Used monthly cost £221 - £619
Fuel economy 21 - 25 mpg
Road tax cost £570
Insurance group 43 - 45 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Ultimate driver's car, purposeful styling, sublime V8 engine, standard leather and sat nav

CONS

High running costs, hard ride, fairly plain cabin

BMW 3-Series M3 rivals

Lexus
IS F
4 out of 5 4.0

The M3 is a favourite of car enthusiasts. Its race heritage dates back to the 1980s, although at first the 2007 model seems far too well mannered to play the part of a road-going race car. Available as a saloon, convertible or coupe, there are some muscular styling additions to distinguish it from the standard 3-Series models, hinting at the car's potential.

But at a time when most people seem to be concerned about carbon footprints than a carbon-fibre roof, BMW has performed the trick of increasing engine size and power output, while reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. However, the M3 remains a thrilling drive and certainly able to stake a claim as the best driver's car in its class in the face of ever stiffer competition from Audi and Mercedes-Benz.

BMW 3-Series M3 rivals

Lexus
IS F
4 out of 5 4.0

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