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2018 BMW M3
CS Sedan RWD
2019 Volkswagen Golf R
4-Door AWD
MSRP
$40,395
Invoice
$38,779
Average Price Paid
$37,876
2,195 listings nationwide

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CS Sedan RWD
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4-Door AWD
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2018 BMW M3
CS Sedan RWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$80,750
4 listings nationwide

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2019 Volkswagen Golf R
4-Door AWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$41,677
11 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2018 BMW M3
CS Sedan RWD
Andrew Newton Preview:

In the world of German performance cars, the BMW M3 is one of the most prestigious names of all time. The latest version is very different from the original. The latest M3 is a luxuri...

2019 Volkswagen Golf R
4-Door AWD
Cherise Threewitt Preview:

Volkswagen introduces a number of changes to keep the Golf R fresh for 2019. Exclusive styling elements for the 2019 Golf R include new 19-inch alloy wheels, black brake calipers with...

User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2018 BMW M3
CS Sedan RWD
writes:
Serious Performance for a sedan Can drive a family of more than 3
Power Ranked 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Coupe RWD better.
"Little Lighter/25 more hp to crank "
Handling Ranked 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Coupe RWD better.
"Because it does...it’s a coupe not a sedan "
10
writes:
The Shelby hands-down is a better drivers car. Hard to believe I’m saying this but after driving both I could...
Back Seats Ranked 2018 Ford Shelby GT350 Coupe worse.
"Of course being a four-door sedan the M3’s rear seats are much more accessible and usable."
Family Car Ranked 2018 Ford Shelby GT350 Coupe worse.
"Of course being a four-door sedan the M3’s rear seats are much more accessible and usable."
5
writes:
Handling Ranked 2018 Nissan GT-R Premium AWD worse.
"Designed for curvy road and not a straight line like the GT-R"
Looks/Style Ranked 2018 Nissan GT-R Premium AWD worse.
"Has more aggressive styling at a more affordable price point. Great Daily Driver!!!"
2019 Volkswagen Golf R
4-Door AWD
writes:
Good at all..just not the best.
Would Buy Ranked 2017 Ford Focus ST worse.
"The all wheel drive is the cherry on top. This car will get you home in any situation."
writes:
Power Ranked 2019 Honda Civic Type R Touring FWD better.
"Power "
Handling Ranked 2019 Honda Civic Type R Touring FWD better.
"Handling "

Specs

2018 BMW M3
CS Sedan RWD
2019 Volkswagen Golf R
4-Door AWD
Powertrain 7-Speed Dual Clutch
Drivetrain
RWD
AWD
AWD
Fuel Economy, City
16 MPG
21 MPG
23 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
22 MPG
29 MPG
30 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 15.8 gal 14.5 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
454 hp @ 6,250 RPM
288 hp @ 5,400 RPM
288 hp @ 5,400 RPM
Torque
442 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
280 lb-ft @ 1,800 RPM
280 lb-ft @ 1,800 RPM
Cylinders
6 cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
10.2:1
9.6:1
9.6:1
Displacement
3,000 cc
2,000 cc
2,000 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.31 in x 3.53 in
3.25 in x 3.65 in
3.25 in x 3.65 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
Curtain Airbags Standard Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall -- 4 stars
Front Crash Overall -- 4 stars
Front Crash Driver -- 5 stars
Front Crash Passenger -- 4 stars
Side Crash Overall -- 5 stars
Side Barrier Driver -- 5 stars
Side Barrier Passenger -- 5 stars
Side Pole Driver -- 5 stars
Comfort and Convenience
Leather Seats Standard Standard
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats Standard Standard
Passenger Power Seats Standard Standard
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 42 in 41.2 in
Back Legroom 35.1 in 35.6 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 12 cu ft 22.8 cu ft
Maximum Payload -- 959 lbs
Exterior
Length 184.5 in 168.4 in
Width 80.2 in 70.8 in
Height 56.1 in 56.5 in
Wheelbase 110.7 in 103.5 in

Available Options

2018 BMW M3
CS Sedan RWD

Exterior Colors

  • Alpine White
  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Frozen Dark Blue II
  • Lime Rock Grey
  • San Marino Blue Metallic

Option Packages

  • Executive Package
  • M Carbon Ceramic Brake
2019 Volkswagen Golf R
4-Door AWD

Exterior Colors

  • 91 Blue
  • Anthracite Metallic
  • Azure Blue Pearl
  • Bordeaux Red Pearl
  • Caribbean
  • Caribbean Green
  • Cliff Green
  • Copper Orange Metallic
  • Curry Yellow
  • Dark Burgundy Pearl
  • Dark Violet Pearl
  • Deep Black Pearl
  • Deep Blue Pearl
  • Dust Gray
  • FUTURA Yellow Metallic
  • GINSTER Yellow
  • Graphite Metallic
  • Hot Chili Pearl
  • Ice Blue
  • Indium Gray Metallic
  • Inky Blue Pearl
  • Irish Green
  • Jazz Blue Pearl
  • Lapiz Blue Metallic
  • Magma Orange
  • Mars Red
  • Mocha Anthracite Metallic
  • Moss Green Metallic
  • Mystic Blue Pearl
  • NOGARO Blue Pearl
  • Oryx White Pearl
  • Oxide Red
  • Prussian Blue Metallic
  • Racing Green
  • Raspberry Red
  • Reseda Green
  • SARANTOS TURQOUISE
  • Slate Gray
  • Squirrel Gray
  • Star Blue Metallic
  • TNT Orange
  • Techno Blue Pearl
  • Tornado Red
  • Traffic Purple
  • Violet Touch Pearl
  • Viper Green Metallic

Option Packages

  • VW SPEKTRUM

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