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Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 2.5

The Compact is set up for the driver, rather than the passengers. Front seats are comfortable and the driving position adjusts to fit all and feels suitably sporting too. Good view of the road ahead. Materials are of a high quality adding to the impression it's special.

Very limited legroom in the back - it's only suitable for a couple of children. The seats themselves are small, too. Noise levels are kept to an acceptable level and the interior materials are as good as you would expect of a BMW. A notch above a Volkswagen Golf of the same age.