Used BMW 3-Series Compact (1994 - 2001) Review

Review by Parkers on
2.5
The Compact was BMW's attempt to woo customers who wouldn't have previously been able to afford a BMW or who couldn't live without the practicality of a hatchback. The Compact met the needs of both and proved to be popular although it's rear suspension was taken from the old model so was quite a bit cruder.
BMW 3-Series Compact (94-01)
Image; smooth six cylinder engines; great to drive
Not much standard equipment; limited rear legroom; less exclusive than some rivals

New price range:

£13,995 - £20,640

Used price range:

£260 - £1,268

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

2.5 out of 5

The Compact was BMW's attempt to woo customers who wouldn't have previously been able to afford a BMW or who couldn't live without the practicality of a hatchback. The Compact met the needs of both and proved to be popular although it's rear suspension was taken from the old model so was quite a bit cruder. Unless you really want a hatchback we can't see any reason to pick a compact over a saloon.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

2.5 out of 5

Performance

3 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

1.5 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

3 out of 5

Green credentials

not rated yet

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

3 out of 5

What owners say...

 It's size and the fact it has a hatchback make it useful.  

4 out of 5

Anonymous ,   27 Jan 2007    ... read more

 The hatchback allows alot of freedom and versatility compared to the much sought after but impractical saloon.  

4 out of 5

Anonymous ,   22 Nov 2006    ... read more

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