On test: Rover 45 1.6 review (1999-2005 model) – MSN Cars UK

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On test: Rover 45 1.6 review model)


Engine:1.6-litre 4-cylinder

Fuel type:Petrol


Date of test:July

Once upon a time, the 45 was a competitor, but as rivals have bigger, Rover repositioned the 45 to against smaller family like the Ford Focus, Astra and others of that Introduced way back in 1995 as the the Rover re-emerged as the 45 in 1999, a new look and market placement as as the new badge. It’s managed to steady sales despite its years.

Available in five-door form or as a four-door saloon, the latter that’s the bigger in the UK – bucking the trend British buyers who normally opt for

Where does it fit?

The 45 uneasily in regards to conventional car It may compete size-wise with like the Focus and Astra, but it seem at all comfortable among competition. Instead it works as a stand-alone model – as a looking small saloon or appeals to more …

There’s a superb MG version, the ZS, which has real driver and is aimed at younger buyers, but another story. The 1.6 is the entry-level in the Rover-badged range, and it offers similar performance to the 1.8-litre while returning slightly fuel consumption.

Is it for you?

The Rover range has soldiered on as it is for time now and it shows. The 45 is perhaps the afflicted in the line-up – the 25, which continues to win buyers its charm, and the 75, which scores its elegance and relative newness. The 45 has been associated with … customers, it being conservative, though having a ‘classic’ Rover look.

includes chrome and wood it’s just not … for buyers – but there are a lot of people out there who like it, and who are we to

What does it do well?

The 45 is with a chassis that is capable. It’s a gem for keen – as proved to good in the sporting MG derivatives. A super drive might not be what typical 45 driver is after, but underlying ability makes it a drive for any journey. The front are lifted from the 75 – so the and passenger are pampered in large chairs.

And while the 1.6 is the smallest engine in the it’s another gem, as to drive around town as it is to cruise the motorways. The 45 is available a lovely 2.0-litre V6, but unless you want the performance, which the MG better anyway, the four-cylinder are the pick of the range.

What doesn’t it do well?

no getting away from the that the 45 is an old car, based on an older Honda design. So sit in the 45 and instantly made aware how far rivals have come in interior space. The large from the 75 are great for those up – but eat into the already leg and foot room for rear passengers. Image-wise the 45 is undeniably with more … and as such it’s unlikely to to younger customers.

The dashboard and feels ancient, which it is, and not that well specified its price.

What’s it like to with?

You’re unlikely to encounter any if you opt for the Rover 45. The 1.6 engine is well as is the rest of the car. The interior is a bit of a style-wise, but everything works and well laid out.

In any it’s a great drive, the bettering the hatchback in the looks and selling better too. dealers are fairly easy to and you’ll be doing your bit for – MG Rover Group the only independent British manufacturer left.

Would we buy it?

a tricky question. Quite you’re either the type of that would enjoy the 45 for it is, or you’re not. We admire MG-Rover Group is doing, but the 45 is our favourite model. That we’d consider the MG ZS 180 version as a hoot to drive. As a Rover we can see why it to some buyers – a good-looking machine and the Rover is still held in high among its more …

If we wanted a Rover saloon opt for the 75, but if you are considering a 45, the 1.6-litre version is an enough car.

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