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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest BMW 3-Series Compact (01-04) review.

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Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 2.5
BMW 3-Series Compact (94-01) - rated 2.5 out of 5
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PROS

Image; smooth six cylinder engines; great to drive

CONS

Not much standard equipment; limited rear legroom; less exclusive than some rivals

PROS

Image; smooth six cylinder engines; great to drive

CONS

Not much standard equipment; limited rear legroom; less exclusive than some rivals

BMW 3-Series Compact rivals

Audi
A3
3.5 out of 5 3.5

The Compact was BMW's attempt to woo customers who wouldn't have previously been able to afford a BMW or who couldn't live without the practicality of a hatchback. The Compact met the needs of both and proved to be popular although it's rear suspension was taken from the old model so was quite a bit cruder. Unless you really want a hatchback we can't see any reason to pick a compact over a saloon.

BMW 3-Series Compact rivals

Audi
A3
3.5 out of 5 3.5

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