Can BMW’s M140i Compete With The More Expensive Audi RS3?

Mercedes-AMG has the A45 and Audi has the RS3 and on paper, BMW doesn’t have a direct rival to either.

At a stretch, the closest alternative offered by the automaker is the M140i but compared to its foes, it’s significantly underpowered, only sends power to the rear wheels and is a lot cheaper.

Consequently, it may seem obvious that the BMW is no match for the best that Mercedes and Audi has to offer. But is that true?

Autocar recently pitted the M140i up against the latest RS3 Sportback to see if it can give one of its rivals any sort of shakedown on a racetrack. Granted, most Audi and BMW drivers will never venture near a circuit but it is the perfect place to test out the driving dynamics of the two.

Hold off your bets for the moment because this review isn’t as straightforward as you may expect.


  • cooper

    Is the M140i awd ? Well, no it can’t compete with RS3.

    • fabri99

      The M140i xDrive exists.

  • Rom

    There is m140i xdrive!

  • Rom

    Of course there is m140i xdrive!

  • fabri99

    To be honest, I wouldn’t buy either. They are extremely expensive and you can get similar (sometimes even better) performance by less pricey hatchbacks (Focus RS, Civic Type R, Golf R etc.). Or you can add a few thousands and get yourself a proper coupe (the 718 Cayman isn’t far off really).

    • javier

      no , i would never drive honda or a focus and a propper coupe is a completely different segment of which i have no interest in

      • fabri99

        Then buy one of these.

  • BMWFreaky

    I have the idea that the guy in the bimmer not sitting comfortably, does he?

  • KidRed

    “Mercedes-AMG has the A45 and Audi has the RS3 and on paper, BMW doesn’t have a direct rival to either.”

    Dude,BMW absolutely does have a direct rival to the cars listed, it’s called the M2. WTF…

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