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Parkers overall rating: 5 out of 5 5.0
BMW 3-Series Compact (01-04) - rated 5 out of 5
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PROS

Refined, packed with gizmos, image

CONS

Expensive, ugly, cramped in the back

PROS

Refined, packed with gizmos, image

CONS

Expensive, ugly, cramped in the back

BMW 3-Series Compact rivals

Alfa Romeo
147
3 out of 5 3.0

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.

BMW 3-Series Compact rivals

Alfa Romeo
147
3 out of 5 3.0

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