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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

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. No Euro NCAP rating. Good immobiliser fitted from 1992 onwards.

The saloon has a boot that will meet the needs of most. The rear seat does not fold flat, which makes some family jobs nearly impossible (a big trip to the DIY store, for example), so if you need greater capacity, perhaps consider the Touring model with its estate back.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the BMW 3-Series Saloon (91-98).

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
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim

Edition equipment

Edition standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
Edition optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
SE optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim