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

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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.
3 out of 5


Very limited legroom in the back - it's only suitable for a couple of children. The seats themselves are small, too. Noise levels are kept to an acceptable level and the interior materials are as good as you would expect of a BMW. A notch above a Volkswagen Golf of the same age.

3 out of 5


The stumpy hatchback boot will meet the needs of most couples or small families and the rear seats do at least fold down for extra practicality.

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How does the boot space compare?

350 litres
330 litres
BMW 3-Series Compact (94-01)
300 litres
4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

The Compact is set up for the driver, rather than the passengers. Front seats are comfortable and the driving position adjusts to fit all and feels suitably sporting too. Good view of the road ahead. Materials are of a high quality adding to the impression it's special.