Used BMW 3-Series Compact (2001 - 2004) Comfort

Review by Parkers on
Compact is the entry-level baby-Beemer. All the badge-kudos and fancy engineering, in a smaller and funkier package.

3 out of 5


That rear drive layout eats into space leaving rear passengers with acceptable rather than generous leg room and don’t even think of regularly carrying more than three passengers in one.

2.5 out of 5


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

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How does the boot space compare?

310 litres
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4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

Dials are perfectly sited and all major controls have been positioned to deliver a sporty ambience - ready for action. The driving position can be tailored to suit most needs but base models feel a bit spartan.