BMW M3 Competition review – interior and tech

Superbly built, great tech and materials, and big enough for the whole family, the interior’s a highlight of the G80 M3

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  • As quick and capable as you could possibly want
  • Bigger and heavier than you’d possibly like

The interior, of course, comes from the 3-series, which in the G80’s generation is no bad thing as quality, space and technology have all taken a big leap forward.

From a performance car standpoint, though, the new M3’s interior is defined by the fantastic seating position, which like the Porsche 911’s is able to sink lower than you imagine possible. This is especially true of cars fitted with the M Carbon bucket seats. If you too are slightly wider of body you might find the exaggerated bolsters a little tight for comfort, and regardless of your size, getting in and out of them isn’t for those who favour easy ingress and egress. Certainly worth a try before you buy. We’ve also yet to work out what the little carbon tray at the front of the seat’s base is for. BBQ dip from the drive-through, perhaps.

These seats are available for £3,400, or as part of the already mentioned optional M Carbon Pack. Go for the extended leather package and the dash, door cards and lower surfaces lift cabin ambiance even further, making it feel worth the £90k your M3 will have added up to by then – as mad as it sounds.

Of course, there’s a thick-rimmed steering wheel; it wouldn’t be an M-car if there wasn’t a rim that required hands more suited to a slip fielder, although the latest item in the G80 feels slimmer than those of previous generations. The ergonomics are hard to fault, although the seat doesn’t go low enough for those who like the sensation of being sat on the floor, but we’re talking minimal levels of additional adjustment; this isn’t a GR Yaris’s bar stool.

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