Parkers overall rating: 5 out of 5 5.0

Boasts six airbags as standard and a full compliment of electronic safety measures. Puts up a very good fight in the face of thieves who might otherwise find it a very tempting target.

More roomy than it used to be, but rear drive compromises boot capacity somewhat - Rivals generally offer more space in rear and boot.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the BMW 3-Series Compact (01-04).

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

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
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Steel wheels
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Folding rear seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking

ES equipment

ES standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking
ES optional equipment
  • Partial leather seat trim

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
SE optional equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Metallic Paint
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats

SPORT equipment

SPORT standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Parking sensors
  • Sports seats
SPORT optional equipment
  • CD
  • Folding rear seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking