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Rover Streetwise


are various ways of looking at the concept . Here’s one I prepared after a period in which MG has, for various reasons, unable to bring a new small to the market, the Streetwise is yet another way of value out of the old Rover 200, a car has already been reincarnated as the 25 and the sporty MG ZS.

Thrifty use of existing I call it. But there are other of describing the process, and I wouldn’t to be accused of being uncharitable. So start again.

Okay. The can also be considered as the next step in the evolution of lifestyle Once upon a time, bought vehicles which very good at off-roading, but used them for that

Manufacturers responded to this by vehicles which were not good at off-roading, and people those too (sometimes extending the by fitting wide tyres and tyres so that they even less good at

Since there is obviously a for cars which look as if should go off-road but don’t, MG has gone a step further and something which was never to have any off-road capability at but still retains the important cues.

And so the Streetwise, which is an ordinary 25 in almost every respect, has been festooned large bumpers, wheelarch sills and side rubbing The man in charge of this styling was the celebrated Peter Stevens, team included several in the 25-35 age group which is the target market.

MG Rover no claim at all that the Streetwise travel far from the beaten but there is one hint of off-road in that the ride height is greater than that of a 25.

Subtitled the urban on-roader, the does indeed look a lot aggressive and – MG Rover’s own – funky than the 25, more so from either end from the side. The appearance is by sturdy roof rails are not there just for show, they can carry loads of up to

By the end of the year, there will be engine options, three of are available right now. are the 1.4-litre K-Series petrol with 83bhp, the same in 102bhp form and the 100bhp L-Series turbo diesel. One of the tested here uses the 1.6 K-Series which won’t go on sale for a few weeks yet.

also available with an aftermarket LPG conversion which a reasonable £995 once the grant has had its effect.

You may have that three-quarters of the engines in line-up produce maximum outputs within a range of 8bhp. MG Rover insists there are good reasons for a choice of a 1.4 and a 1.6 with similar but different characteristics, although it strike me as being a slightly way of going about things.

The thing about the two 1.4s is despite the wide gap in performance, fuel consumption (38.7mpg and CO2 (174g/km) figures are identical. Our economy testing feature why this might be the case as far as the measured cycle is concerned, but reasonable to assume that the engine will be more in the real world.

Another point that may struck you is that none of the is particularly powerful. That’s the Streetwise was never intended as a car – it’s not part of the and it would in any case mean the Streetwise was starting to impinge on MG ZS

All the same, there’s quite a lot of about the Streetwise. You can choose a body style as well as a and all three trim levels standard, S and SE – include with a lot of side support. If in fact, too much of it.

The sides of the are very large, very and very close together, to the that they dug into me and tender spots about my Anyone of greater circumference myself may find this a

Another sporty aspect is the that the suspension is quite producing a ride which is without being excessively Now, MG Rover’s chassis are a seriously talented bunch, and have managed to make the a very sharp handler, but is a problem. As a recent feature on the explained, the way to increase tyre is to reduce weight transfer the car.

Raising the ride and stiffening the suspension are two excellent of increasing weight transfer and reducing grip, which is bad for the Streetwise.

Actually, the excellent between the front and rear of the means that it remains stable most of the time. But the 1.6 I drove first did not inspire on corners and I felt I had to be especially partly because the roads damp but partly also there was always the suggestion never confirmed by experience, I add – that one end or the other was to let go.

The most nerve-wracking situation is you have, say, a gentle approach to a tighter left-hand At the moment of switching from to left you can feel the weight across the car like billy-o, is not a comfortable sensation.

Time meant I couldn’t try out either of the but they are presumably similar. I did go out in the diesel, though, and rather this felt much MG Rover says that the engine weighs twice as as the K-Series, and in compensating for this the department has actually created a far car.

It doesn’t feel as sharp, but nor does it make you that the maximum level of is approaching fast.

Despite the power output, and because of the that it produces nearly as much torque as the 1.6, the is considerably quicker. It also all the K-Series versions out of the water even the less powerful 1.4 in terms of fuel economy and CO2 for which the figures are 47.1mpg and 159g/km respectively.

Priced between the 1.4 and 1.6 petrol the diesel will be the cheapest of the to run and is certainly the most enjoyable to It would without question be my choice.

Of the cars on sale prices range from for the 83bhp 1.4 three-door in standard to £12,795 for the five-door turbo SE. Unconfirmed reports suggest the 1.6 will be slightly more than the diesel, and a 1.8-litre the only version with transmission – will cost more again.

include the LPG conversion for the 1.6, seats for all models (standard is four seats with a box between the two in the rear) and Becker Pro satellite navigation. One item is fitted as standard to every car is the alert system, which comprehensive information of any queues a five-mile radius or up to 20 miles ahead.

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