The 2009 BMW M3 showcases the automaker's impeccable build quality and features seating for five, although we'd hesitate to stuff many in its back seats for long.
Edmunds noted the M3's top-notch fit and finish, writing that the build quality and materials were "excellent," but said the interior's palette was "monotonous" and restrained. Autoblog noted the M3's comfortable ergonomics and said the materials were high quality.
Two adults can fit in the back seat, but Motor Trend added that the back seat should be considered for occasional use only. Car and Driver was a little more kind by saying that the rear seat should be fine for two adults, noting that it was "tight but livable." Edmunds wrote that the front seats were aggressively sized, but added that they were fairly adjustable, especially the side bolsters and thigh supports. Once you've dialed in the seat, it fits well, they added. MyRide and Cars.com appear at odds when describing the front-seat room; MyRide noted that the adjustable back rests kept drivers snug while carving canyon corners despite being snug, Cars.com deemed the interior "roomy enough."
Trunk space is more than adequate, according to Car and Driver, but Cars.com wrote that the opening is a little narrow. MyRide added that the split-folding rear seats can offer more cargo capacity in instances such as carrying tires to the track.
Most have noted the M3's sonorous V-8, and Automobile fawned over the noise by saying the V-8 can sound like a "screaming demon" when the gas pedal is mashed. The V-8 sounds angrier and more insistent than any V-8 "this side of Maranello,"" they wrote. Edmunds took issue with the 19-inch tires and the road noise they generate, ranging from a slight hum to an annoying drone. Cars.com said the noise coming from the tires was mostly sedate in all but "porous pavement," which can bring out a whine from the wheels.