Matt Farah Says Ford Fiesta ST Better Than a Used BMW M3 E46

The debate will probably never stop raging on in regards to which is the best option: buying a new car for a set budget, or looking for different second-hand model that was more expensive when new yet is now in the exact same price bracket and usually better performing.

Matt Farah of TheSmokingTire recently put two of these apparently mismatched contenders to the test, in order to find out which side of the argument would win based on the important criteria of fun and usable performance; he chose a brand new 2014 Ford Fiesta ST and pitted it against an all-time favorite, the E46 M3 from BMW.

[ed. Note: Spoiler Alert] Surprisingly, it’s the smaller car that wins out in the end, helped by the easier access to its turbocharged performance, as well as the multitude of newfangled gizmos and options that allow you to connect your gadgets to it. The M3 needs to be revved much harder to access its performance, plus it’s more difficult to drive fast. Granted, when you do manage to get into a rhythm with it on a moderately twisty road, it will still outpace the Fiesta…

However, Farah says that with better steering feel than the M3, more supportive seats and the aforementioned ease of access to the performance of the 1.6-liter turbo engine make it the better all-rounder, even with the extra-stiff suspension that it comes with and the less supple ride compared to the BMW.

The latter would still make for an excellent choice for those who do visit the track regularly, though.

Check out the video below.

By Andrei Nedelea


  • Andrewthecarguy

    I haven’t watched the video, but I am going to say ‘NO’.

  • Doc_V

    I detect a click whore…

  • Eugene

    Pity, obviously this car reviewer is biased …. Also, you can buy a similar e46 m3 coupe 2003.5 for $13500-15000 similar mileage, perfectly maintained. $23K is 2006 model year with convertible top and FULL options including navigation etc…. And , for the record, I drove both….i wouldnt even consider the Ford unless I was given it Free! M3 is literally the best of its class, e46 was no different snce its introduction…. And yes, I have 4 bmws including Ms…and 6 other european cars 🙂 If you ever bought the Ford listening to this guy….sorry you just wasted your hard earned $$$

    • Shobin Drogan

      its always biased when its not in one’s favour. I would still take the m3 over the fiesta, but im not going to say that the fiesta by any means a bad choice. Also, an m3 is not what i would call reliable and or cheap to run.

      • Andrei Nedelea

        I think that seen clearly, that’s actually the point of the video.

        • Andrewthecarguy

          The issue is the Fiesta iteself. A Focus RS, a strong maybe. Fiesta? No.

          • steph

            focus Rs, that is a difference, not in the same class but it can be on the map. But the f***ing fiesta, better for having ipod interface?:))
            Bmw harder to drive? how many REAL performant sportcars are easy to drive?

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Very true Eugene. And in 10 years when you are done enjoying that M3 you can still sell it for about $6k with zero difficulty at all.

  • Guest

    kill this guy, i’ll pay

  • Mike

    Matt is living off daddy money and trying to become famous, click whore for sure, the guy is talentless

  • steph

    only americans can say something as stupid as that:) matt farah is one of those who affirm american supercars are offering more performance and better lap-time than european ones . kudos to that, a realistic opinion:))

  • Eddie

    Is this the guy that thought he was driving a classic Ferrari when it was a Datsun S30 as a Ferrari replica??? lol

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