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2023 (23) BMW M3 M3 xDrive Competition M 4dr Step Auto

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Active guard plusAutomatic start/stop system
Bluetooth functionality with Apple CarPlay/Android AutoBMW ConnectedDrive online services
BMW legal emergency callBMW Live Cockpit Professional sat nav system with 12.3" instrument display and high resolution control display
BMW Online servicesBMW Teleservices
Brake pad wear indicator warning lightCondition based service
Door/boot open warning lightDriving experience switch
iDrive controller on centre consoleIlluminated control elements
Instrument cluster with extended contentsLights on warning
M drive buttonsOil sensor for level and grade, warning by check control system
Oil temperature gaugeOn board computer
On board diagnosticsOptimum shift indicator
Outside temperature displayPull away assistant
Run flat indicatorService interval indicator
Shifting point displaySpeed limiter
Variable sport steeringWidescreen display


Adaptive M Sport suspensionDouble joint spring strut front axle
M Drive Professional including track mode, laptimer, traction control & Drift analyserM Sport differential
M steptronic sport transmission with drivelogicSafety battery terminal clamp


8 programmable favourite buttonsAuxiliary point for auxiliary devices
BMW professional radio/CD/MP3DAB Digital radio
Harman/Kardon loudspeaker systemWireless charging tray

Exterior Features

3rd brake lightAcoustic glazing
Auto dimming driver's door mirrorAuto dimming rear view mirror
Automatic headlights + automatic windscreen wipersAutomatic parking function on front passenger's exterior mirror
Black chrome exhaust tailpipesBlack model designation badges
BMW emblem on engine compartment lid and tailgateBMW high gloss shadow line with extended contents
BMW Individual shadowline lightsBody colour bumpers
Carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof with high gloss black roof aerial bulge and roof mouldingsDay time running light
Door mirror integrated indicatorsDoor sill finishers with aluminium inserts
Dynamic brake lightsElectric adjustable heated door mirrors
Electric folding door mirrorsElectric front and rear windows with one touch/convenient open/close function
Follow me home headlightsFront and rear apron plastic in body colour
Front and rear bumper systemHeadlight beam throw control
Heat protection, sun protection glazingHeated rear window with automatic switch off
Heated washer jetsHigh beam assistant
High gloss black frameless kidney grille with M badgeHigh gloss black lower bumper edges, side sills and diffuser edge binding
Illuminated bow type door handles in body colour drivers side with door lockLED number plate light
LED tail lights with 3D L-shaped LED light designM designation
M Sport entry door sill stripsMirror glass aspheric on driver's side, convex on passenger side
Rear bootRear fog lights
Rear reflectorsRear right M3 competition inscription
Rear side wing doorsReversing light
Shark fin roof aerialStrakes in front side panel, black matt/black high-gloss, with model badge
Visible VIN plateWelcome lighting

Interior Features

2 front cupholder in centre console with clamping elements and matt black inlay2 x 12 V Power sockets (luggage compartment and front centre console)
2 x USB Type C ports for charging and data transmission in front centre console3 folding rear headrests
3 seat bench in 2nd rowAmbient door handle light
Ambient lighting for instrument panelAmbient lighting for storage compartment
Ambient lighting front and rearAmbient lighting in door panels
Anthracite headliningBattery in luggage compartment
Carbon fibre centre console incl. cover for cupholders and storage compartmentCarbon fibre decorative steering wheel finishers
Carbon fibre shift paddlesCarbon fibre strip in instrument panel on front passenger side
Centre console armrest with storage compartmentCompartment in front of cupholder
Driver/passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors + coversDynamic ambient interior lighting
Electric front seats + driver memoryEnglish handbook
Floor mats in velourFolding rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
Footwell lightingFront and rear door exit lights
Front door storage bins with bottle holderFront interior light
Front isofix attachment + airbag deactivationFront seat backrest width adjustment
Front seats lumbar supportFront/rear door armrests
Gearshift lever with embossed M badgeHeated front seats
Height adjustable front headrestsInterior mirror lighting
Isofix on 2nd row outer seatsLockable/illuminated glovebox
Luggage compartment lightingManual 40:20:40 split folding rear seat with two tilt positions for backrest
Multifunction steering wheelRake/reach adjustable steering wheel
Single front passenger seatStorage compartment in rear doors
Three zone automatic air conditioningThrough loading system
Toolkit located in luggage compartment 


Additional storage compartment pack - M3Connected package professional - M3
High gloss shadowline exterior trim pack - M3 

Passive Safety

3 point seatbelts on all seatsABS/EBD
Automatic Stability Control (ASC)Brake energy regeneration
Brake fade compensationCompound structure brake discs
Cornering brake control (CBC)Crash sensor
Digital keyDriver/Front Passenger airbags
Dry brakingDynamic brake control
Dynamic Stability Control with M Dynamic modeDynamic Traction Control - DTC
Electromechanical parking brakeElectronic differential lock control (EDLC)
Front and rear head airbagsFront seat side impact airbags
Front seatbelt pretensioners + load limitersHill start assist
M Sport seat beltsRear child proof door locks
Seat occupancy detection for driver and passenger sideSeatbelt warning
Side impact protectionTwo tone horn
Tyre pressure sensorWarning triangle and first aid kit


Centre lock switchClosing system with central locking
Electronic immobiliserThatcham cat 1 remote alarm
Vehicle Key with 4 buttons including the integrated key 


Galvanic finish to control surroundsHigh gloss black interior trim


Tyre repair kit
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb229
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH230WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL228
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High214WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High196
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low353WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium229

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC2993Compression Ratio9.3:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders6
Cylinders - Bore (mm)84Cylinders - Stroke (mm)90
Engine CodeS58B30T0Engine LayoutNORTH SOUTH
Fuel DeliveryTWIN TURBOGears8 SPEED
Number of Valves24TransmissionSEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb10.1WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH10.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL10WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High9.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High8.6WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low15.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium10.1WLTP - MPG - Comb28
WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH28WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL28.2
WLTP - MPG - Extra High30.1WLTP - MPG - High32.8
WLTP - MPG - Low18.2WLTP - MPG - Medium28


Badge Engine CC3.0Badge Power510
Coin DescriptionxDriveCoin SeriesM3 Competition M
Generation Mark7Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0742E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years6Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
Service Interval Frequency - Months24Service Interval Mileage15000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 


0 to 62 mph (secs)3.5Engine Power - BHP510
Engine Power - KW375Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM6250Engine Torque - LBS.FT479
Engine Torque - MKG66.3Engine Torque - NM650
Engine Torque - RPM2750Top Speed155

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleWLTPRDE Certification LevelRDE 2


Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front275/35 R19
Tyre Size Rear285/30 R20Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleDOUBLE SPOKE - 826MWheel Type20" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Width (including mirrors)2068 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)59Gross Vehicle Weight2260
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)480Max. Loading Weight480
Max. Roof Load75Minimum Kerbweight1780
No. of Seats5Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb12.6
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

BMW M3 Competition

BMW's M3 Competition carries an illustrious badge but that doesn't appear too big a burden for this 510hp powerhouse, offered in saloon and Touring forms. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Ten Second Review

The MK6 'G80'-series generation BMW M3 ups the ante in a number of regards. It's quicker, cleverer, better looking and offers more equipment. You even get the option of AWD for the first time. It's offered in both saloon guise and in a Touring estate version and it keeps to an enhanced version of the classic straight-six engine configuration. What's not to like?


If you've an ounce of petrol flowing through your veins, you'll probably know quite a lot about BMW's M3. It's a name that evokes a rich history of competition, tyre smoke and unremitting motorsport development over thirty five years and six generations of the Munich maker's practical, power-packed performance car. Welcome to the MK6 model. You'll might still remember this car as a coupe, a body shape BMW's M division still makes but designates the 'M4'. When the fifth generation 'F80'-series model was launched in 2014, the more familiar M3 badge was restricted to the four-door body style and that theme continues with this 'G80'-series car. That old 'F80' model swapped the previous 'E90' version's thirsty high-revving 4.0-litre V8 for a 3.0-litre twin turbo straight six, a format that continues on here though, inevitably, with a little more power. In 'G80'-series form, the M3 has evolved from hairy-chested racer to cultured street supercar. It's a matured, though still magnificent prospect. Does that make it fit to wear this famous badge? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

So here are the key things you need to know. Power from the latest version of BMW's twin turbo 3.0-litre straight six (codenamed 'S58') is up 60hp to 510hp. That's in M3 Competition form, which is the only mainstream M3 variant our market will get. The standard M3 with 473hp won't be coming here, which is a pity as it alone can be had with a manual gearbox option. The M3 Competition has to be had with a freshly developed paddleshift 8-speed torque converter automatic with M Drivelogic software; this transmission replaces the previous model's 7-speed dual clutch auto. If you want more power, there's the uber-rare M3 CS, which offers 551hp and gets to 62mph in just 3.4s. But out focus here is on the standard M3 Competition model, primarily the saloon model. This was the first model in the line to be fitted with the option of 4WD - BMW's fully variable M xDrive system. AWD will certainly make this BMW more seasonably usable; it offers three driving modes - '4WD', '4WD Sport' and (with the Dynamic Stability Control system disabled) '2WD', in which form most of the torque goes to the rear. As for performance, well basically, this M3 Competition model is as fast as the previous generation M3 CS was. Which means rest to 62 mph in 3.9s for the rear-driven model, 0.2s quicker than before. Top speed is still limited to 155mph, mainly to give BMW an opportunity to sell an optional 'Drivers Package' which lifts it to 180mph in combination with Z-rated tyres.

Design and Build

For the first time in its history, the M3 has a front-end look distinct from the 3 Series it's based upon - which ends a 35 year tradition with this model line. Instead, this car gets the latest 4 Series look, which sees a large vertical grille featuring seven double horizontal louvres and a front number plate mounting point. This appendage differs from that on the 4 Series by being two separate elements, rather than a single frame design. For the first time on an M3 in the UK, there's the option of a Touring estate version. This is a slightly bigger car than the previous generation model, in saloon form 108mm longer, 26mm wider and 8mm higher. The classy carbon fibre-reinforced plastic roof is carried over, with two lengthwise 'rails' that optimise airflow back to the boot-mounted spoiler and the multi-channel rear diffuser, which incorporates a pair of chrome tailpipes on either side. Inside, As with the latest versions of other 3 Series models, the interior now benefits from BMW's latest 8th generation iDrive operating system, which brings a 14.9-inch central infotainment screen bonded to a 12.3-inch instrument monitor, all in a single curved piece of dash-top architecture. As before with this generation M3, there are grippy M Sport seats which can be cooled. Plus there are M-specific graphics for the bigger head-up display. If you're wanting this M3 Competition saloon or estate model, then rear seat space is possibly quite important to you because otherwise you'd probably have chosen the alternative M4 coupe version of this car. In the back, there's certainly more room to stretch out than was the case with the previous 'F80'-generation M3 design, the distance between the front and rear seats having been extended by 11mm. There's slightly more headroom than you might expect too and BMW says that this cabin's wide enough to take three child seats side by side, though only the two outside positions come with Isofix attachment points. Out back, there's a 480 litre boot. The Touring version's load capacity is 500-litres.

Market and Model

The M3 Competition saloon retails at around £81,000, which is around £22,000 more than the (itself desirable) 374hp M340i xDrive model, but £1,300 cheaper than its two-door M4 Competition stablemate. You'll need a little more (around £84,000) if you want an M3 with the optional xDrive AWD system, which BMW expects around 80% of customers to choose. You have to have the xDrive system with the M3 Competition Touring estate, which costs around £86,500. You'll need a massive sum, nearly £119,000, for the race-ready M3 CS. As the M3 and M4 models are mechanically identical, it's only fair to see them priced so similarly, although historically, that hasn't stopped BMW pitching cars that are broadly similar under the skin at vastly different prices. M5 and M8 anyone? Nevertheless, around seventy five grand might seem quite a whack for a fast BMW 3 Series and some will ask whether this M3 is really worth all the extra over the quite extravagantly talented M340i xDrive model. Of course, you get a lot for the asking figure, particularly inside where signature M details include red accents for the M buttons on the M leather steering wheel and the start/stop button on the centre console. The selector lever with-Drivelogic switch is leather surfaced with an embedded M logo and stitching in M colours. An anthracite-coloured BMW Individual headliner and interior trim strips in Carbon Fibre High-gloss are standard. Fine-grain Merino black leather trim is standard as are M sport seats, which are electrically adjustable and heated. These seats have pronounced side bolsters, integrated head restraints and an illuminated model badge. A highlight of the options list is the new M Carbon bucket seats for the driver and front passenger, which include CFRP in their construction and save 9.6kg over the standard M sport seats. These can be specified on their own or within the M Carbon Package.

Cost of Ownership

BMW has made great strides in improving the M3's economy and emissions and to put those figures into perspective, let's wind the clock back a bit to the previous six-cylinder M3, the E46 generation. That car, which was only retired in 2006, emitted 287g/km and managed a combined fuel economy figure of 23.7mpg; this from an engine that developed 340hp. This current G80 generation M3 develops a massive 510hp yet can see 28.8mpg and 223g/km in rear driven saloon form. The xDrive variant manages up to 28.2mpg and up to 228g/km. The M3 Competition's BiK Benefit in Kind taxation rate is a lofty 37%. The rare M3 CS, by the way, manages 27.7mpg and 230g/km of CO2. Insurance is as expensive as you'd expect from a car with that sort of potency under the bonnet, so younger drivers ought to ensure they can get halfway sensibly priced cover first. Residual values should hold up well too. This isn't a tired old platform that's being rolled out for one last hurrah. Used demand for this generation M3 should prove very healthy indeed.


Without doubt, this M3 is the most accomplished member of its long, iconic model line. That doesn't mean it'll be the most sought-after or fondly remembered design in the M3 portfolio of course. Purists won't like the fact that, for our market at least, manual transmission is unavailable. These were the same people who dismissed the first full-M car to go all drive and all-auto, the current M5, which is arguably the best performance machine the Munich manufacturer now offers. But perhaps now this M3 is more deserving of that title. You can customise the drivetrain for tail-out antics on the track. But enjoy its outstanding xDrive traction in all weathers on the road. For decades, the M3 has only been a confection you could really fully enjoy on the public highway for a portion of the year. That's changed now, plus there's a fresh level of interior luxury to cosset you when the need for speed is absent. Which leaves us with what: quite simply this. The most complete M3 ever made.


This vehicle has previously been registered to a business or a vehicle rental company, or been used by a business, so it may have been driven by more than one driver.

* Depending on the age of the vehicle, MPG and CO2 may be quoted using either NEDC or WLTP testing standards.  Find out more

Figures are provided for comparison purposes. Fuel consumption under real world driving conditions and the CO2 produced will depend upon a number of factors, including any accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions and vehicle load.

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47 monthly payments of£1211.69
Total amount payable£91,520.98
Fixed interest rate4.6%
Representative APR8.9%
Cash price£72,898
Credit amount£72,649
Annual mileage8000
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge21.02p per mile
Completion fee£1
Optional final payment£34,322.55
Term (months)48

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  • BMW M3 - M3 xDrive Competition M 4dr Step Auto
  • SH23JVG
  • GBP
  • 72898
  • 2555 miles, Irvine BMW