Tested: Rover 25 1.4iXL – AROnline

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Tested: Rover 25 1.4iXL

200 was launched in 1995 to great in 1999 it received a comprehensive to become the 25. How did it stand up in 2004#8242;s market?

Roger Blaxall out#8230;

Remember the Fiat A former Car of the Year, the European icon was a fabulous small typifying Fiat’s approach to and engineering. And the response from

Don’t laugh, but the Allegro was as the answer to cars like the 128 and GS. I can still remember Motor’s comments when comparing the pushrod power with the rev ohc unit in the Fiat. “The power unit feels in comparison” (or words to that were writ large in a Fiat ad to hammer home how antiquated the Austin was under the

Now, this is all a convoluted to a test on the latest Rover 25 and now I’ll explain why. The after I’d tested a 1.4iL door, a Honda Civic was delivered. I know, the Civic is a 45 competitor but please read on for interesting personal observations.

you know the phrase ‘chalk and Despite the price advantage of the which costs £11,125 on the (does anyone pay full for any Rover 25 anyway?) the test car loaded with various (monogram paint, part trim, alloys, rear sensors, etc.) bumping up the to around a cool 14 grand …

I the CityRover was overpriced but that the biscuit #8211; or rather the packet of digestives. Not only did I at the price but comparing a fully five door 1.4iL the Civic on price alone v £14,013) is enough to make eyes water #8211; and the narrows further with the Civic petrol.

It’s not only the price rankled. Read these and guess when they made #8230;

“This is a in Gap clothing, rather than and Spencer’s finest. And do you know you can have a fun old time, even in the runabout versions. Quicker reactions allied to a tauter have made it more than Polo to drive, putting too much of a dent in the suppression capabilities, which always pretty good. more honest and capable.”

or … drives pride back the Midlands. I have to take my hat off to the down at Longbridge. There is wrong with the quality of the product (and) it drives no baby Rover has done for

Great quotations about the 25 #8211; if only they up to date! Yet the MG Rover PR office them in the current press despite them being years old. Disingenuous or … well I wasn’t very especially as the latest Polo and (never mind the Civic) taken a quantum leap in all since then.

And that in a is the problem with the Rover 25. adding new paint colours, like Trafficmaster and some styling tweaks (which cheapened the car in my opinion) are laughable you see the leap forward cars the Fiesta, Polo, Corsa, et al have made. Salesmen know that the current 25 has a power to weight ratio, handling, a superior ride, but the poor old customers is given the in the motoring media rightly or that the range is past its by date and ‘tired’.

Yet a few years ago it was all so different, and once the suits had got the range positioning and right, it was a car to take on the rival head to head and win. then its beautiful, almost interior looked the part the exterior styling made like the Fiesta, Polo or look pretty clueless.

The still has a lot of talent and private still seem to like it the 25/ZR 11th in the Autocar sales charts. Time tell next year it can reach such a lofty given the fact that potential 25 punters might opt for a instead …*

At least the PR pack recalls the glory days. The new 25 debuted in 1999 … thus giving it the of the last car introduced in the 20th … and was the best selling UK car in April The latest Motorshow update come soon enough,

The 25 still has its good points in monogram supertallic Lagoon with ‘Turbine’ alloys it good but the dumbed down with fake wood and of black plastic is more family than Habitat. And the latest generation PoloFiestaIbizaCorsa all now major on large, usually ringed instruments, the 25 instrument is looking really dated. The are relatively comfortable though and even better when the leather pack’s specified.

On the road, the car’s a capable providing you keep everything 3000 revs. Take it to rpm and beyond and it’s a frenetic

Motorway driving, which up the majority of my time, is a relaxed up to the legal limit and even an extra 20 mph on the speedo the 25 copes albeit noisily.

*One MG dealer in Liverpool is so embarrassed by the he always points prospective into a new 25 1.4. He works for one of the biggest motoring groups so can them a base 25 1.4 for around

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