2015 BMW M3

MSRP $62,000

Ranked #5 in Sedan

7.9

Overall Rating

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2015 BMW M3 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 19, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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BMW launched the redesigned M3 Sedan for the 2015 model year. It brings more excitement, great features, and a better driving experience than it ever had. The M3 is one of the most sought cars in the BMW’s M-Series lineup due to its practicality and best-in-class driving dynamics that makes you a fan the moment you get behind the wheel. On top of the driving experience, the M3 is a true BMW to the core and has gone through some of the best engineering practices and quality control tests to prove its metal.

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Pros

Manual gearbox

Impressive Engine

Great Handling

Cons

Stiff suspension

Limited cargo space

What's New?

A completely new model for 2015


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$62000

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

182 cu.in.

horsepower

425 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

406 lb.-ft. @ 1850 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

110.7 in.

length

184.5 in.

width

73.9 in.

height

56.1 in.

curb weight

3540 lbs.

ground clearance

4.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

96.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

12 cu ft.

payload capacity

980 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

12.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/21/26 mpg

highway range

413.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

9 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$62,000 onwards

Colors and Styles

2015 BMW M3 in Alpine White color
Alpine White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Pricing and Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

6.0

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


The BMW M3 is only available in a single trim option but has a ton of optional features that accompany it including a 7-speed DCT automatic gearbox and a 6-speed manual one. The 2015 BMW M3 is priced at $62,000 and competes with the Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63 as well as the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.


9.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2015 BMW M3 Features

The 2015 M3 has some really good features on board. The M3 is only available in a single trim level but there are a few optional extras that you could opt for. The M3 is available in both 7-speed automatic DCT transmission as well as a 6-speed manual one. It comes with features like M-tuned suspension, a steering wheel with SERVOTRONIC assist, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Adaptive suspension and 19-inch alloy wheels are also available as optional extras.

Trim

M3 Sedan

MSRP 

$62,000

Key Features

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Leather Upholstery

 

Harman/Kardon surround sound system with 16 speakers

 

18-inch Alloy Wheels With Summer Tires

 

Sports-tuned Suspension

 

Active Locking Differential

 

Adaptive Xenon Headlights

We Recommend

The BMW M3 Sedan might be available in a single trim level but we recommend you to opt for the 19-inch alloy wheels, 6-speed manual, and adaptive suspension system options to get the best out of the M3. The optional carbon-ceramic brakes are also a must-have feature for better handling. The configuration will be a perfect combination for a sporty drive and helps you explore the full potential of the 2015 BMW M3.

2015 BMW M3 Engine and Performance

9.0/10

When it comes to performance, the 2015 BMW M3 Sedan is no ordinary machine and the powertrain unit is one big reason for it. The powertrain unit is a 3.0 L twin-turbocharged inline-6 motor that produces a healthy 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft. of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission while a 7-speed automatic DCT transmission unit is also available for those who do not want to get the manual transmission. 

The manual transmission unit definitely feels like the one to go for as it brings in a lot more liveliness and excitement to the drive. The M3 Sedan can easily do a 0-60 mph pull in just 3.9 seconds and a quarter-mile distance in just 12.2 seconds. It’s got an exciting top speed figure too at 155 mph.

Models

2015 BMW M3 Sedan

2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 Sedan

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Sedan

MSRP

$62,000

$63,900

$62,295

Engine

3.0 L, twin-turbocharged, inline-6

4.0 L, twin-turbocharged, V8

6.2 L, supercharged, V8

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

6-speed manual

7-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power (hp @ RPM

425 @ 5,500 

469 @ 5,500 

707 @ 6,000 

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

406 @ 1,850 

479 @ 1,750 

650 @ 4,800 

0-60 MPH (seconds)

3.9 sec

4 sec

3.7 sec

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

12.2 sec

12.2 sec

11.8 sec

Top-Speed (MPH)

155 mph

155 mph

204 mph

The 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 Sedan is the closest contender to the M3 Sedan when it comes to the pricing, power figures, and performance output. It is surprising that the M3 is so close to the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat’s 0-60 mph and quarter-mile figures considering Bimmer has 282 less horsepower than the Charger. 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Sedan also has the highest top-speed in the segment.

2015 BMW M3 Fuel Economy

9.0/10

With great power doesn’t come great fuel economy and it is a truth that everybody agrees on. But with the help of forced induction by the twin-turbochargers, the M3 has managed to get a decent fuel economy out of its engine. The BMW M3 offers a combined fuel economy of 20 mpg delivers 17 and 26 miles per gallon in the city and highway respectively. 

The only major drawback in the M3 is the fact that it’s got one of the smallest fuel tank capacities in the segment at just 15.9 gallons while the rest of its rivals have 18-gallon tanks or more. The M3 delivers a combined range of 318 miles which is pretty decent but certainly could have been better.

Models

2015 BMW M3 Sedan

2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 Sedan

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Sedan

MPG (City)

17

18

13

MPG (Highway)

26

25

22

MPG (Combined)

20

20

16

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

15.9

18

18.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

270.3/413.4/318

324/450/360

240.5/407/296

Despite its larger engine unit and poor fuel economy figures, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat has a range that is somewhat close to the M3 because of its fuel tank capacity of 18.5 gallons. The M3 Sedan surely could have had a larger tank capacity to add to its decent fuel economy figures. The 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 Sedan offers a very similar fuel economy as the BMW M3, but the range is better as it has a larger fuel tank.

2015 BMW M3 Interior

7.0/10

The M3 Sedan’s interior is one of the best ones that BMW offers. It’s got a mix of tech features, creature comforts, and performance Sedan-oriented bits and pieces that make it one of the most attractive and intriguing interiors in its class. The dashboard layout is similar to the normal 3 series Sedan and has almost everything that the normal 3 series Sedan offers. A combination of leather and Alcantara upholstery adorns the dashboard as well as the pillars and roof.

The front bucket seats are 2-way power adjustable ones with heating and power lumbar supports. They are arguably the best seats in the class as they provide a perfect blend of comfort and confidence, especially around the corners. The rear seats are 40-20-40 split-bench seats with leather upholstery and offer a good amount of support and comfort along with the best-in-class headroom. Other features like the dual-zone automatic climate control unit, leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, and infotainment controls on the steering wheel add to the convenience and comfort of the interior.

Models

2015 BMW M3 Sedan

2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 Sedan

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Sedan

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

40.3/55.1/42

40.9/55.3/41.7

38.6/59.5/41.8

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.7/55.1/35.1

37.1/55/35.2

36.6/57.9/40.1

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

12

12.6

16.9

The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat offers the best in class cargo capacity at 16.9 cu-ft. of volume as well as an excellent amount of legroom in the rear, unlike the M3 Sedan which feels cramped for rear seats and cargo area. The Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 is also not very better than the Bimmer in terms of rear-seat space and cargo area. Some of the notable interior features are:

  • Steering wheel-mounted controls for audio and cruise
  • Heated driver and front passenger seats
  • Memory function for driver seat and outside mirrors
  • 2-way power-adjustable front passenger seat with power lumbar control
  • Perforated leather-appointed seating
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel 

How intuitive is the 2015 BMW M3 Sedan’s infotainment unit?

The BMW M3 Sedan gets the best of BMW’s infotainment system for its 2015 model year version. The M3 comes equipped with infotainment tech and has BMW’s Technology package as standard, which is otherwise optional in the regular 3 Series Sedan. The M3 has an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment display with the latest gen iDrive infotainment system in it. 

The iDrive system is considered to be one of the best infotainment systems in the industry and is both intuitive and easy to use. The M3 Sedan also gets a 16-speaker Harman/Kardon surround sound system as an optional extra while a 9 speaker audio system is available as standard. Other infotainment features include SiriusXM satellite radio, SatNav, and rearview camera display. Some of the notable infotainment features are:

  • 8.8-inch infotainment unit with the latest gen iDrive infotainment system
  • 16-speaker Harman/Kardon surround sound system
  • Aux Input
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • USB Connectivity
  • Bluetooth Phone and Audio Connectivity
  • BMW Internet Access WiFi Hotspot

2015 BMW M3 Exterior

8.0/10

The 2015 BMW M3 Sedan is one of the most handsome looking sports Sedans in the segment with its wide, aggressive looks and small design cues around its exterior that suggests it’s a proper ‘M’ car. Weight-wise the M3 Sedan is the lightest car in the segment in terms of curb weight and it also has the lowest wheelbase. 

Pair these attributes with the clever sports tuned suspension setup, powertrain unit, and differential, and the M3 is a lethal Sedan on the road that delivers ‘Sheer Driving Experience’ just like BMW names their driving experience. The front grille paired with the sharp headlights and aggressive bumper, the sharp yet subtle sidelines, and the attractive rear fascia with all LED taillamps suggest that it is a true M lineup car in all its glory.

Models

2015 BMW M3 Sedan

2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 Sedan

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Sedan

Curb Weight (lb)

3540

3856

4575

Length (inches)

184.5

187

200.8

Width (inches)

73.9

72.4

75

Height (inches)

56.1

56.5

58.2

Ground Clearance (inches)

N / A

N / A

4.6

Wheelbase (inches)

110.7

111.8

120.4

The BMW M3 Sedan is a gifted car when it comes to proportions. These dimensions might make the M3 sacrifice some interior space but certainly adds to the driving experience and excitement by a whole lot. It is the shortest car in the competition while the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat remains the longest car with a respectable margin. The Dodge Charger also has the longest wheelbase of the lot. Some of the notable exterior features are:

  • 18-inch Alloy Wheels With Summer Tires
  • Sport Body Kit
  • Performance Exhaust System With Quad Tailpipes
  • Wider Rear Fenders
  • Adaptive Xenon Headlights

2015 BMW M3 Safety

9.0/10

The BMW M3 has not been rated by agencies like the NHTSA or the IIHS as of now but it is surely safe to say that the M3 is one of the most structurally sound cars in the segment and packs a good number of standard safety features along with it.

BMW’s clever Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system as well as traction control make sure that it has enough traction and doesn’t lose control while it performs tight maneuvers. It also gets a Tire Pressure Monitoring System as well as a rear parking camera and side-impact beams as some of its safety features. Some of the notable safety features are:

  • Electronic Stability Control System
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Theft-deterrent system with content-theft alarm
  • 4-wheel antilock brakes
  • Side impact beams

2015 BMW M3 Final Verdict

The BMW M3 Sedan might not be the most powerful or spacious car in its segment, but it surely is one of the best-performing ones that deliver an unparalleled level of driving pleasure and excitement every time you get behind the wheel. Its clever sports-tuned powertrain unit, suspension unit, and differential help it deliver an excellent driving experience on and off the track, and the Sedan configuration adds some practicality to its performance-oriented persona.