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Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 2.5

Good for its age, almost all models have ABS but earliest cars may have no airbags at all and some were retro-fitted. Passenger airbags generally optional and side bags only optional on the later models. Good immobiliser fitted from 1992 onwards.

The stumpy hatchback boot will meet the needs of most couples or small families and the rear seats do at least fold down for extra practicality.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the BMW 3-Series Compact (94-01).

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Service indicator
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

Open Air Edition equipment

Open Air Edition standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Central locking
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
Open Air Edition optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Steel wheels

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Service indicator
  • Traction control
SE optional equipment
None available

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Central locking
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
Sport optional equipment
  • Leather seat trim
  • Steel wheels

Sport Dakar Edition equipment

Sport Dakar Edition standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Central locking
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
Sport Dakar Edition optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Metallic Paint
  • Steel wheels

Sport Edition equipment

Sport Edition standard equipment
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Service indicator
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
Sport Edition optional equipment
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Steel wheels