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BMW 3-Series Compact review

2001 - 2004 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 5 out of 55.0

At a glance

Price new £15,845 - £25,710
Used prices £674 - £2,995
Road tax cost £200 - £395
Insurance group 23 - 33
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 402 - 679 miles
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Pros & cons


Refined, packed with gizmos, image


Expensive, ugly, cramped in the back

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


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.