Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Should you buy one?

If you want the last word in super saloon performance cars then yes, you should. The BMW M3 on the right road is one of the best balanced and fastest four-door cars out there.

However, if you merely want a fast BMW the M340i still has a 3.0-litre straight-six engine and is nearly half the price. It’s nowhere near as rapid or as showy, but this can be seen as a pro and a con depending on who you are.

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What we like

Not much can touch it for the way it drives. Superbly quick and balanced.

Practical enough. Sensible boot. Room for four.

What we don’t like

A lot of price to pay for the performance, in comfort, and in pounds sterling.

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