BMW 3-Series Compact (01-04) - Review

Review by Parkers on
5
Compact is the entry-level baby-Beemer. All the badge-kudos and fancy engineering, in a smaller and funkier package.

BMW 3-Series Compact (01-04)
Refined, packed with gizmos, image
Expensive, ugly, cramped in the back

New price range:

£15,990 - £25,870

Used price range:

£800 - £3,938

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

5 out of 5

Compact is the entry-level baby-Beemer. All the badge-kudos and fancy engineering, in a smaller and funkier package. At least that's the theory. Thing is, it looks like its been in a rear-end shunt and isn't really that cheap.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

5 out of 5

Performance

4.5 out of 5

Handling

4.5 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

2.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

4.5 out of 5

Running costs

3.5 out of 5

Green credentials

3 out of 5

Buying used

4.5 out of 5

Selling

4.5 out of 5

Equipment

2 out of 5

What owners say...

 Its such a smooth drive and good to be seen in. When I first bought it I would drive about going nowhere in particular as its such a dream to drive.  

5 out of 5

Monica Grunsky ,   25 Mar 2014    ... read more

 The cost of buying and running costs are no different than those of an astra or focus etc. The 4 cyl isn't the most powerful or smoothest engine BMW made, but it's been reliable and never let me down.  

5 out of 5

Paul Beech ,   02 Feb 2014    ... read more

 Decent boot for size of vehicle, adjustment on front seat for ease of access to rear seats.  

4 out of 5

Adam Moody ,   15 Nov 2013    ... read more

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