Review Rover 200/400 Series (1989 – 1996) Used car

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Used Rover 200/400 (1989 – 1996)


ROVER 200SERIES (1989 –

(4.7 out of 10)


Models Covered: Second 200/400 – 1989-1995 Cabriolet [1992-1999] Tourer (214/414 1.4 3 5dr Hatchback, Saloon, [i, S, Sprint, 16v Si, 16v SLi, 16v GSi, 216/416 1.6 3 5dr Hatchback, Saloon, Tourer, Cabriolet [Si, GSi, GTi, Twin Cam 220/420 2.0 3 5dr Hatchback, Saloon, Coupe [SLi, GTi TC, GTi Turbo, GSi Turbo, Turbo, GSi Sport]/ 1.8D 5dr Hatchback, Saloon [D, SD, 218TD/418TD 1.8TD 5dr Hatchback, Tourer [SD, SLD,


Check them out you sign up for that Escort or If you thought you couldn’t afford a Rover, you might be in for a pleasant

The 200 and 400 series models were the that established Rover in the era. Though the design was based on Honda’s Concerto, it its own identity and now makes plenty of as a quality used family


The 200 series was launched in 1989 in five-door form. were two engines – a Rover K-Series unit in Si, GSi and SLi variants and a flagship GSi model a 1.6-litre Honda powerplant. The 400 saloon model arrived six after, followed by the three-door, the and the Coupe in 1992.

Engine included an eight-valve 1.4, aspirated and turbocharged 2.0-litre and a 1.8-litre Peugeot diesel in and normally aspirated forms. the end of the 200/400 series production run in a small estate called the 400 arrived. After the three and hatchback and four-door saloon were replaced by completely models in May and November 1995, like the 200 series Coupe models, continued in production.

In March 1996, however, all models were re-named Coupe, Rover Cabriolet and Tourer. This avoided with the later 200 series 400 cars.


family transport that’s and well-built. All the engines are dependable, they be Rover, Peugeot or in fact, the British 1.4 is surprisingly With this model, its affordable price, there been no short cuts. On the there are all the hallmarks of Rover that during the production marked out the 200 Series as the finest in its class.

Whichever 200 series Cabriolet or Coupe model or 400 saloon or Tourer variant you the quality is the same. You’ll the wood inserts on the fascia; the scuff plates on the door Then there’s the way that the shuts with a solid the quality of the trim, that steering wheel perfectly in front of you.

All are telltale reminders of the wind of which swept through during the last decade.


Prices from under £200 for a H-registered 214S three-door if you can find one. In truth, older models are best on an individual basis as condition and can vary wildly. It’s the examples which will be turning up in dealerships mainly on M and N A214i five-door hatch a 96N plate should be around Whereas the 218 turbo diesel door is changing hands for

Go for a Coupe and £900 should the deal on a 95N-plate with the costing barely £100 Late Rover 400s are similarly to the 200s; £700 for a 414 four-door saloon, £1,000 for a 416 SLi and £1,200 for a 420 GSi Turbo Saloon


You may that on older models, the tend to sag if the car has had heavy use. The can suffer from judder and and the electric windows had a history of failure. My own recommendations for the used The five-door 214 Si with Rover’s 1.4-litre engine was a good and early examples are very If you can find a SLi or GSi at a price you can afford, so the better.

These cars were and still are – considered a cut equivalent Escorts and Astras. The don’t make quite as practical sense in their forms – though can be found cheaply. I did like the hot hatch Honda-engined 1.6-litre GTi onwards) however, a stylish family sportster. The Cabriolets are and pretty but need purchasing

Maybe a better bet are the Coupe which had removable T-Bar glass roof panels. clear of the Turbo versions many of them will been thrashed and anyway the was rather too much for the car to handle torque steer a constant And the 400 series Tourer?

A classy sports estate but don’t expect to be able to much more than you in an ordinary hatchback.


On the road, there’s a feeling of a feeling that you’re a much larger car. The lack of speed is more compensated for by the free revving of the Rover 1.4 and Honda 1.6 multi-valve (remember that post-March models had the K-series 1.6).

in the case of the 1.4 Rover unit, you to use the gears a great deal to for the lack of power, but such is the of the gearchange and the engine note you’re positively encouraged to do so. If you your driving, a brief drive reveals further like supportive seats, steering (although the power that’s standard on plusher is well worth having) and handling.

Squeaks and rattles are notable by absence and refinement is such as I said, you could be driving a more prestigious car. The continue with the layout of the The instrument layout has a quality about it, forged through the with Honda, and all the minor falls easily to hand.

The seat trimming looks quality too, adding to the impression created by the chunky safety steering wheel.


(approx based on a 216 GSi – exc VAT) A clutch will be around £190. An is about £250 and brake around £75 each. A is around £75, a full system (excluding the catalyst) cost you about £250, an can be between £120 and £250 an exchange varying from a starter motor £135 and a head lamp £75.

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