This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest BMW 3-Series Compact (01-04) review.

2.5 out of 5 2.5
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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At a glance

New price £13,995 - £20,640
Used price £280 - £1,600
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
View pre-2017 economy specs
Road tax cost £270


Image; smooth six cylinder engines; great to drive


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

BMW 3-Series Compact rivals

3.5 out of 5 3.5

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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

3.5 out of 5 3.5

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