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The Top Ten M BMWs in 2020

The BMW M Series is full of high-performing, stylish, yet safe vehicles. Each loyal M Series driver has their own reasons as to why their car is the best car. We understand that, and we share that passion with you. So, today, we are going to take a look at the top ten M Series BMWs as of 2020. This isn’t easy to narrow down, given how impressive this series is in its entirety, but we’re going to give it our best shot.

If you’re a BMW M series driver, you may find your vehicle on the list. If you don’t see yours here, don’t be too offended. Just know that it’s not easy to pick only 10. Alright, without further ado, let’s get started.

1 – The BMW M4

This sharp-looking car may not be the fastest of all BMW M Series installments, but the M4 model can still go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds with its M double clutch automatic transmission. Talk about acceleration! Further, these cars may be the most aesthetically appealing out of the whole bunch, with their sweeping coupe lines. However, if you need more practicality than two doors can offer, the M340i is the same basic vehicle in sedan form. Let’s check it out now.

2 – The BMW M340i

The M340i is a bit slower than the M4, with an acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. But the biggest difference is that the M3 is a four-door model, while the M4 is only two-door. The M340i also gets roughly 36 mpg on the highway, whereas the M4 only gets 25 mpg. Altogether the M340i is a highly practical package that is easy to get in and out of thanks to the whole, you know, having four doors thing.

3 – The BMW M5

But if you want four doors without sacrificing performance, the M5 is the way to go. This car has even faster acceleration than the M4, going from 0 to 60 in a mere 3.1 seconds thanks to its 600 horsepower, which is 175 more than the M4. Even with its stronger engine, it gets the same gas mileage as the M4 at roughly 25 mpg highway. The M5 is definitely worth every dollar of its higher price tag. This model packs a mean punch.

4 – The M8 Gran Coupe

There are many M series models, but the M8 Gran Coupe tops them all. This car can go from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.0 seconds, and its aesthetic appeal is to die for. It comes in several colors, but as a subtle complement to its speed, the M8 comes in Sonic Speed Blue. Catch that reference yet, gamers? It looks like our favorite hedgehog supports the Gran Coupe!

Its interior options are much more diverse than most vehicles, with ten leather interior color options, two of which require extra assembling time. Between its speed and its aesthetic appeal, this car is easily one of the top 10 M Series models. Just don’t let that supersonic speed get to your head.

A burgundy 2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe is driving on a highway.

5 – The X4 M40i

Let’s venture away from the racecars for a moment. We all know that BMW is much more than its sports cars, and the X4 M40i is proof of this. This Sports Activity Coupe offers a great balance between speed and practicality. This one is more spacious than the previously mentioned models, yet still can go from 0-60 in a matter of seconds: 4.4 seconds, to be exact. It comes in a small variety of colors, with Flamenco Red Metallic being the prettiest. Thanks to its sloping roofline, the X4 is more visually appealing than the X3, yet just as versatile.

6 – BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe

This car is a great option for practicality and affordability. It’s cheaper than most M Series models, starting at $45,500. With an 8-speed transmission and 301 horsepower, this little car proves that small can still be powerful. In spite of this power, the M235i still gets 32 mpg on the highway, making it an even better option. There’s really no way to go wrong with the M235i Gran Coupe. Fast, affordable, and eco-friendly -talk about compact power!

7 – The BMW M760i xDrive Sedan

This luxurious car makes the Chrysler 300 tremble in its tires. Its grill almost appears to be wearing a smug smile. This car knows its worth, and out of all the 7 Series versions, the M760i is the fanciest. On top of its awe-inspiring twin-turbo V12 engine, it has an incredibly luxurious interior.

Heated seats are one thing, but seats that act as massage chairs are a whole other. Yeah, that’s right. A massage on your way to work isn’t out of the question with the M760i, even if you are sitting in the back seats. Take it from us: this M Series model is one of the best BMW options on the market. If you’re driving one, you’re in good hands. You’re also in fancy massaging seats, and it doesn’t get much cooler than that.

8 – The BMW X6 M Competition

The Competition versions of BMW’s M Series vehicles are usually the best, and there is no exception here. The X6M Competition looks like its ready to fight, or maybe to race. We’ll leave the fighting part up to the driver. Sometimes going too fast causes drivers to get too furious.

This car comes in several colors, but there’s something about the Ametrin Metallic that fits perfectly with this model. The Ametrin Metallic color is a deep, plum-like purple shade. It pairs best with the Adelaide Grey or Black interiors. Oh, did we mention that there’s a turbocharged V8 engine powering this one? Yeah, don’t mess with those X6 M drivers.

A black 2020 BMW X6 M Competition is driving on a desert highway.

9 – The BMW X7 M50i

This is essentially an extra powerful version of the X7 models. With more horsepower, larger wheels, and a nice sports package, the X7 M50i is nothing to mess around with. Its grill is similar to the M760i’s, giving it that nice, cocky, smug look.

This one is great for those who need some extra cargo space, yet who love to have power. The M50i is a particularly nice upgrade for those who need to haul equipment and trailers, thanks to its V8 engine. This model proves that you don’t need a big ole farm truck to transport your belongings.

10 – The BMW M240i

Finally, we’ve got the M240i model. This is just an upgraded version of the M230i. It has a more powerful, 3.0-liter engine along with sportier exterior and interior additions. This is one of the cheaper BMW models, starting at $46,350, or $48,350 for the all-wheel drive version.

This model is powerful, but not so powerful that fuel-economy is cast to the wayside. It doesn’t come with as many exterior and interior customization options as some of the more expensive models, but the affordable price makes it worth it. Its sporty body makes it even more appealing than the related (non-M) 230i.


There are numerous BMW M Series options. There are so many that it would not do the M Series justice to say that these ten options are the only options. However, these are definitely ten great models to own. Whether the reason is power, versatility, or aesthetic, each individual M Series option holds its own.

If you spot your M Series ride on the list, congratulations! You’re driving one of the slickest cars on the market. If you didn’t see yours, don’t feel too bad. All M Series options have their place in the world. If only we could own them all.

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