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The M3's comfortable front seats and a well-constructed interior are somewhat offset by the cramped rear seats and somber interior atmosphere.
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All the knobs, switches and levers have a good, solid feel.

Hustle the M3 around town and the firmer ride instantly becomes recognizable. It's not jarring or uncomfortable, just communicative.
Motor Trend

Aside from performance, the M3 is comfortable on the highway and has plenty of space for four adults.
Car and Driver

The seats will keep you in place during aggressive driving and keep you comfortable on long drives.

I do have one complaint amidst the glowing praise for the M3: BMW needs to revise the clumsy gear selector that has no way to put the car in park.
Automobile Magazine

As much as BMW has built a reputation for well-built, well-designed cars, some of its interiors, particularly the 3-Series, can feel a bit dark and cramped. The 2012 M3 is--or can be, depending on configuration--guilty of this as well.

The darkness issue is easily solved by putting the top down on the Convertible, but the monotone, standard black of the dash and controls can still come off as somber instead of sporty. Optional trim upgrades to carbon fiber, wood, or aluminum relieve this issue somewhat, but not entirely.

The minor drabness issue aside, however, the M3's cabin is well-appointed, and well-constructed. The front seats are very comfortable and supportive, equally suited to long-distance drives and fast canyon runs. Thigh support may be lacking for taller drivers, however, and the rear seats are best used as package shelves or occasional child transport.

Despite the top-notch build quality, engine noise can be an issue at higher speeds or under heavy acceleration. Tire noise is fairly well-controlled, but some surfaces can create drone. All in all, however, noise isn't a serious complaint with the M3--most of the sounds are good ones.



The M3's comfortable front seats and a well-constructed interior are somewhat offset by the cramped rear seats and somber interior atmosphere.

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