Used BMW 3 Series Compact 2001 - 2004 review

Category: Family car

Section: Our recommendations

BMW 3 Series Compact (98 - 07)
  • BMW 3 Series Compact (98 - 07)
  • BMW 3 Series Compact (98 - 07)
Used BMW 3 Series Compact 2001 - 2004 review
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Our recommendations

Which used BMW 3 Series hatchback should I buy?

Although the entry-level engine is labelled 316i, it is actually a 1.8, while a 2.0-litre unit powers the 318i. The 115bhp 1.8-litre is adequate, but it will always leave the keen driver frustrated that they can't exploit the Compact's fine chassis a little further.

Our choice, the 140bhp 2.0-litre, is a rewarding drive and posts a 9.0sec 0-60mph time. An excellent 150bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine arrived in late 2001 with masses of pulling power, while fastest of all is the 192bhp 325ti, capable of hitting 60mph in just 6.9sec.