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Parkers overall rating: 5 out of 5 5.0

The M3 scores highly for safety with front and side airbags for front seat occupants plus head airbags for all four passengers. The BMW 3-Series saloon scored well for occupant protection in official European crash tests achieving the maximum five stars for adult occupant safety. A sophisticated electronic stability control system, called DSC+ is standard and includes Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Automatic Stability Control (ASC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Engine Drag Torque Control (MSR).

Buyers who value looks over practicality will opt for the saloon, rather than the Coupe or Convertible. It's the cheapest of the three and has the largest boot with 450 litres, although the Coupe is close behind with 430 litres of luggage space. The saloon is the only option to have five seats however. As for the Convertible - it makes do with a 350-litre boot which reduces to 210 litres when the roof is down.

The rear seats split and fold on all models while buyers can choose an optional ski hatch - an opening in the centre of the back seats which also features a cover for your skis. Rear parking sensors are standard.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the BMW 3-Series M3 (07-13).

  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front electric windows
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Audio remote
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated seats
  • Metallic Paint
  • Rear electric windows

M3 equipment

M3 standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Metallic Paint
M3 optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Folding rear seats
  • Rear electric windows

M3 Alpine equipment

M3 Alpine standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Audio remote
  • Folding rear seats
M3 Alpine optional equipment
None available

M3 Dakar equipment

M3 Dakar standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Audio remote
  • Folding rear seats
M3 Dakar optional equipment
None available

M3 Frozen Silver Edition equipment

M3 Frozen Silver Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Folding rear seats
M3 Frozen Silver Edition optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Metallic Paint
  • Rear electric windows

M3 Limited Edition 500 equipment

M3 Limited Edition 500 standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Folding rear seats
  • Metallic Paint
M3 Limited Edition 500 optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Rear electric windows

M3 M Performance Edition equipment

M3 M Performance Edition standard equipment
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated seats
M3 M Performance Edition optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Audio remote
  • Metallic Paint
  • Rear electric windows

M3 Monte Carlo equipment

M3 Monte Carlo standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Audio remote
  • Folding rear seats
M3 Monte Carlo optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating

The BMW 3-Series M3 (07-13) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 5 stars
  • Child Occupant - 4 stars
  • Vulnerable road users - 1 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.