The latest generation of the BMW 3-Series grows into its M-edition bodywork easily, with its giveaway bulge on the hood-sort of an M-style Adam's apple.
MyRide.com noted that the M3 looked like a 3-Series that had gone to the gym, but added that the look wasn't overly macho. The front and rear bumpers both have a little more sculpting, as does the hood, but the sum total isn't a car that draws attention to itself—rather it's an "exquisite machine," MyRide.com wrote. Autoblog noted the quad-tipped tailpipes jutting out of the rear, letting drivers behind the M3 know that something special was ahead. Among the different body styles, the coupes are always among the most eye-pleasing on the planet, and the latest version doesn't disappoint, even though you may see a ghost of old Pontiac in its C-pillar kink. Car and Driver observes "visually, there's no confusing the M3 [coupe] with a standard-issue 3-series, even though both cars share doors, windows, headlights, taillights, and trunklid." Cars.com feels it's the sum of the M3's "flared fenders and nose-low, hunkered-down profile that suggests a nearly audible snarl." Convertibles thicken up as they lose their roof, while the sedan stays pretty and pert, with a kicked-up tail and enough subtle surfaces on the body to keep your interest beyond the front doors. In all, it's probably the best-looking M3 lineup yet.
Inside it's more standard-issue 3-Series than you might expect. There's something aloof about this interior that doesn't warm up, even with time. There's a Gaggenau-style coolness even with the custom colors and trims that can be ordered-though no one will ever complain about its big, clear gauges and dials. Touches of carbon-fiber paneling emphasize the big structural differences with other 3-Series cars, but you can choose more traditional walnut trim. "The M3's interior has undergone fewer alterations than the exterior, but there are a number of significant changes," Car and Driver proclaims. "The usual M treatment includes sportier seats with deep torso and side bolsters, a thick leather steering wheel, and a new M-badged tachometer." The "aggressive design of the front seats" in the BMW M3 captures the attention of Edmunds.