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2020 BMW M3




2018 BMW M3


2020 BMW M5

Latest Model Year

425 hp 3.0L I-6 engine

Base Engine

600 hp 4.4L V8 engine
Rear-wheel drive


All-wheel drive
6-speed manual

Standard Transmission

8-speed automatic
12.0 cubic feet

Cargo Volume

18.7 cubic feet
35.1 inches

Rear Legroom

36.1 inches

BMW M3 vs. BMW M5

The BMW M3 and BMW M5 are two powerhouse sedans from the M Performance series. The latest model year for the BMW M3 is 2018, while the new M5 is in the 2020 model year, and both models are precision-engineered and racetrack-inspired. Compare the two below to decide which one is your favorite at BMW of North Haven!

BMW M3 vs. M5: Performance

2018 BMW M3 base engine comes standard with rear-wheel drive and a front strut suspension with a rear independent multi-link suspension.

  • 425 hp Twin Turbo 3.0L I-6 engine with 406 lb-ft of torque
  • 6-speed manual transmission with OD, with the option to upgrade to an automatic transmission
  • 17/25 city/highway mpg and a 15.9-gallon fuel tank

The 2020 BMW M5 base engine comes standard with the BMW xDrive all-wheel drive system and a front double wishbone suspension with a rear independent multi-link suspension.

  • 600 hp Twin Turbo 4.4L V8 engine with 553 lb-ft of torque
  • 8-speed automatic transmission with OD
  • 15/21 city/highway mpg 20.1-gallon fuel tank


BMW M5 Driving

BMW M3 vs. M5: Dimensions

The 2018 BMW M3 sedan has less cargo space but it’s more agile for city driving:

  • Cargo space: 12.0 cubic feet
  • Total vehicle length: 184.5 inches 
  • Wheels: 18 inches

The 2020 BMW M5 sedan offers more cargo volume and a little more space to stretch out inside:

  • Cargo space: 18.7 cubic feet
  • Total vehicle length: 195.5 inches 
  • Wheels: 19 inches
BMW M5 Driving

BMW M3 vs. M5: Features

Whether you choose the M3 or the M5, you can enjoy standard features like Bluetooth®, voice recognition, 16 speakers, heated front sport seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and even an available sunroof. However, there are some differences that show that the newer and higher-priced BMW M5 gets you more standard features:

  • 2018 BMW M3: Standard with a CD player, 1 front LCD screen, leather with cloth seats, 10-way driver power memory seats. Available with parking assist, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring system.
  • 2020 BMW M5: Standard hands-free power trunk, 2 front LCD screens, leather seats, 12-way driver and passenger power memory seats, parking assist, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring system. Available with cooled front seats and adaptive cruise control.
BMW M5 Interior Steering Wheel and Dashboard Features

Test Drive an M Model at BMW of North Haven

Contact us if you are excited to get behind the wheel of one of these exciting models at BMW of North Haven, your local M Certified BMW Center to schedule a test drive!

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