Rover Streetwise – Autotrader New Zealand

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Rover Streetwise

Take a approach and you might say the new Rover is a cosmetic make-over and a relatively way to extract extra life an old model.

But, on the other this latest off-beat of the Rover 200/25 hatchback is a idea that works while creating more usual attention.

More to the the car drives well, especially in turbo diesel form.

MG however, sees the New Zealand for the Streetwise lying more the 1.8-litre DOHC K-series version with six-speed auto transmission.

That Kiwi buyers’ reticence diesel cars rather any slur on the L-series direct diesel motor which considerably more torque the petrol engined versions.

The thing about the diesel is that you jump behind the and immediately feel at home.

so this may be mid-1990s technology, but the car is a useful tool around offering smooth, highly performance and good all-round

The evaluation model was fitted optional rear park sensors, a $750 extra is worth its weight in gold for in the city.

Sure the single cam, two valves per cylinder diesel is older, harsher and than the BMW common rail used in the Rover 75 and BMW 3-Series. But the does have an intercooler the turbo and inlet manifold the advance of electronic diesel (EDC).

It’s an instant pulling high gears at speeds and the generous 77kW of at 4200rpm equates to solid Turbo response is somewhat when the wick is turned up but the 210Nm of torque at 2000 makes the Streetwise remarkably

The five-speed manual gearbox is smooth and positive, and the car is high to the tune that the engine is at a modest 2220rpm at 100km/h in top So you can expect to go a long way on a tankful.

In the official combined fuel the diesel averages 6.0 litres/100km but the car does even better that on a diet of mainly roads.

The L-series engine features from the K family, internal crankcase breathing for clean, leak-free operation, tappets and low servicing costs. belt drives for the camshaft only be replaced every kilometres.

In the 1990s, Rover New was disappointed by slow sales of the 220SDi diesel so it’s that the new regime envisages demand for the petrol version. for our money, the diesel wins all

Consumers always had difficulty the origins of the 200 series, with believing the car to be little more a rebadged Honda. Indeed, of the car’s features hark at origins.

Yet apart from minor Honda parts, the and Streetwise models are totally When the 200 was launched in 1996 it was the Rover Rover since the Metro, and it went on to become as the 25 series while Rover considerable turmoil. Where the will sit in the local market is clear since the car lacks any rivals.

The well-equipped petrol version a retail price of $35,990, a that also buys a range of new product, while the order diesel is likely to a little more.

It was always a car as evidenced by the fact that the still looks fresh and today.

In five-door form, the 200 more balanced and larger but versions have a youthful The Rover is especially attractive three-quarters rear, and there’s a purposeful look about its

Front and rear overhangs are tracks are wide and a wheel at corner generates a strong Rover never wanted the 200 series to have predictable and the Streetwise continues this

The car is comfortable and reasonably roomy, rear seat legroom is Despite a seat height the driving position is still too and room between the steering rim and seat squab remains – always a complaint on the

Yet the Sebring sports front with black leather bolsters and cloth centres are and supportive.

There’s a revised ship Rover badge on the and steering wheel and some trim to give a lift to the of the already well-designed facia and lever surround.

Roof leather-bound steering wheel and knob, air-conditioning, ABS with brake distribution and 16-inch alloy wheels are standard but likely the exterior will most attention.

The new tough, bumpers and grille section, the matching grey rear sections increase overall slightly to 3980mm, but naturally no change to the 2505mm wheelbase.

Claimed to be scratch-resistant, the solid bumpers make the car look and presumably will be better to cope with the rigours of warfare.

As if we needed to know life can be pretty tough out in the city.

Designers set out to make the look more purposeful by the suspension height by 80mm. takes the car’s height to The downside is a small fall-off in and handling.

Start to push the through a corner and the car moves more than the squatter

In a way, it offers more fun at modest speeds and maybe no bad thing in a world where are the norm.

Of course, if you’re four-wheel drive and off-road then this Rover for you. It may look like ready to head for the boondocks but a straight forward, two-wheel front-drive hatchback with no for the rough stuff.

Many of four-wheel drives have no desire to clamber up muddy or over farmland, preferring the image of an off-roader with its strong stance. That’s why car like Toyota build a 2WD of the RAV4.

Rover makes no claims the Streetwise being able to from the highway, preferring to the car an urban on-roader. You could that as somewhat meaningless let’s face it, many are driven by fashion and style than function and form.

people will actually you’re driving a four-wheel-drive and if you to complete the image and get a kick out of some mud along the car’s then why not? Just expect the Streetwise to become a seller because there be enough people to agree you.

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