Even though performance clearly ranks above all else in the 2009 BMW M3, it has many” perhaps too many” technology and convenience features. Reviewers generally love the audio options but loathe the unfortunate iDrive system, which hasn’t become much friendlier in recent years.
Base coupes or sedans are moderately well-equipped, but lack some of the features found on competitors. Edmunds reports that the M3 comes in one trim level with standard automatic climate control, leather seating, heated power adjustable front seats, cruise control, 18-inch wheels, split-folding rear seats and a 10-speaker audio system with a CD player.
Adding the Premium Package adds to the list, BMW Assist telematics, power-folding mirrors, and better interior trim, according to Edmunds.
Many performance buyers will opt for the Technology Package that adds M Drive, which lets drivers adjust steering and throttle response, and includes keyless ignition, adjustable dampers, navigation and BMW's forgettable iDrive infotainment controller.
Edmunds noted that 19-inch wheels, heated seats, and rear parking sensors are available as a la carte options. Satellite radio, HD radio, and iPod connectivity are all offered. A sunroof is a no-cost option.