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Rover 45


by Ross (13 December 1999)

When the Rover 45 goes on sale in . customers won’t be able to about lack of choice. will be four petrol – four-cylinder K-series in 1.4, 1.6 and 1.8-litre sizes, that smooth two-litre KV6 as in the 75 – and a two-litre turbo

Plenty of transmissions too, for people who like to swap own cogs, or prefer a conventional with a five-speed Steptronic or are what many observers as confused thinkers enthralled by the of a CVT with half a dozen holds.

The five-speed Steptronic, made by of Japan, will be standard the V6, and the European-built CVT is reserved for the 1.8.

is offering five trim on the five-door versions, three on the three principal option 15 mainstream individual options and a of accessories. There’s a wide of exterior colours, better of the interiors – but better what? The discontinued 400, of

Just as the 25 is a modified 200, so the 45 is an 400. Despite the new four-headlamp end, revised colour better instruments, new transmissions, and electrical systems as developed for the 75, a very familiar body and interior layout.

The interior is certainly quite in fit and finish, textures and trim. knows what it’s here. For some reason, there’s an unnecessarily clumsy knob.

At the top of the range, the KV6 engine is a performer, and its 147bhp is a healthy output for a car of this compact To begin with, at any rate, will be no manual option.

It’s curious that the levels of both the two-litre and the 1.8 are to a certain extent, because insists on fitting them automatic transmissions. And they’d be a lot economical with manual

If you want economy, though, the 99bhp L-series turbo manages 66mpg on the extra cycle and 52mpg combined. It well, with good pull.

Out on the road, as far as feel is the big change is the effect of the modified and steering. Firmer springs and altered strut mountings, new bar arrangements, different wheel and combinations, retuned power – all these things their part.

Rover’s chassis engineers to give the 45 better dynamics the 400, and short drives in a of models suggested that certainly done that. The new car sportier and better poised, a certain amount of ride may have been lost.

That’s maybe over-stating it. At you seem to be more aware of texture changes.

As with the 25, the is whether all the under-the-skin improvements make enough potential feel that a familiar-looking car as a really new one.

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