I owned by Rover 25 for 4 years and have to say I was very happy with it.
Personally, although Rover's have always had a bad rep, I've owned a few and never had a problem.
The 25 is nothing flash, but I found it to be mechanically sound and a good runner. Mine was 2 years old when I bought it - I was the 2nd owner.
The interior is nothing special, but it does the job. It has the obligatory small area of fake walnut on the dash (I've never unerstood that as a design idea), but other than that it was all plain black plastic and looked neat and tidy.
To drive I found it smooth and comfortable. It was nippy to drive around town and always moved off quickly at the lights - it certainly wasn't a sluggish car. On the motorway too, it was always comfortable at 70mph and had no problem keeping up with traffic. It lacked a little oomph if trying to overtake at high speeds, it's not the most powerful engine so that's to be expected. The bodywork was lasting well, although I live by the sea and all that salt in the air is not the best environment. By the time I sold it, it was nearly 7 years old and only had one tiny rust spot which would have been easily treated.
The boot is spacious and the seats fold down flat to take larger loads.
I only sold mine as I needed a car that would take 3 baby seats. This takes 2 no problem, but there's no way you'd get 3 in.
Overall I found this to be a solid reliable car. You also have no problem getting it fixed. Even though the Rover dealers have gone, there are still lots of garages around that specialise in Rovers and replacement parts are usually cheap.
I am writing this review as a previous owner of one of these nightmares.
I bought it because I loved the cherry red it came in and it was reasonably priced with 5 doors.I had just had my second child and was fed up of my 3 door car.
The car looked absolutely beautiful,sporty.I thought ,hhmm I l look good behind that,lol.
Should have left it where it was.It drank petrol so fast I was scared to go anywhere I wasnt desperate to go.
Interior was as cheap and plasticy as you can get.
It did not stick to the road as well as it should after speeds of 40 mph.
It was too small once child number three was on her way.
Just didn't feel safe.
I bought this car just after the car had been discontinued,so the price had plumeted.
It had a cd player.
I could throw it into parking spaces almost without looking.Compare it to the big cars I have to have now,with 3 children.This was easy to park.And it had a very small turning circle.
Looks stylish and all colour coded.Nice finish to the exterior of the car.
If you are use to driving tiny cars that feel like you are driving a shopping trolley then buy this car.
If you want something sturdy dont bother.
Its a fun little car but thats it.Doesnt feel safe to me at all.
The fact that you can get a decent year and body of this car for less than £2000 should tell you something.
I was in desperate want of a new car, but unfortunately don't know a lot about cars, and did not have a big budget. Lucky for me, my stepdad runs a small used cars business, so I had a few choices if I brought one from him. This was one of the choices.
When my stepdad said 'Rover', I think I had a typical response by thinking 'an old man's car'. However, when I saw it I quite liked the shape. The back end looked really nice, a lot like the similar but much cool MG ZR styles, which I would've loved but I'm afraid was out of my budget!
I assumed as soon as I started the engine I assumed it would conk out straight away and I'd have trouble getting it up the street, but surprisingly enough, it started straight away and ran very smoothly. I was moving up from a 1.4l to a 1.6l, so I immediately noticed it was a bit more powerful that my previous car.
The seats are really comfortable, and are easily adjustable to any position you want. When I first climbed in, I found that the seat was too high as the previous owner must have been quite short, but with ease I managed to pull the knob at the bottom of the seat and adjust it so that it was lower.
The bodywork was silver. I've never really liked the colour silver on a car, and I think I'm still a bit against it on this one. No matter how much I polish it, it still is dead and dreary, no shine to it at all. I have seen this car in some beautiful colours however, pastel green, pastel blue, even black looks cool, so I would recommend finding a nice colour in it.
The car takes corners pretty well, which I was surprised at considering there's no 'tyre grip' feature. I'm quite a fast driver, and this car handles bumps and potholes in the road pretty well, without causing the whole car to shake.
The standard audio player that came with my car was unfortunately just a cassette player, perhaps pointing out to me how old it is. The speakers were very basic and not very bass friendly either, and the back speakers were basically nothing. However, as I'm an avid music fan, I quickly went out a brought a standard CD player, and it fitted really well, and some better speakers, which also fitted well thanks to the previous owners having cut some holes in the parcel shelf already.
I felt a hell of a lot better about having an 'old man's car' now that I could play some loud music!
The engine is a bit too noisy for my liking, but once I had the music on it was barely noticeable. And even now and again there would be a strange rattle that would worry me, but then it would go away and everything would be fine, but I suppose that just depends on the age of the car.
One thing I really hate is that there is no air conditioning, so in the summer it is unbelievably hot if you're queuing in traffic. However, with all the windows down and the sunroof open (it can open two ways, either by moving up by a 30 degree angle or slide all the way open) whilst you're driving along you can forget the need for air con.
This car seems pretty standard on it's petrol consumption. Not as efficient as my old car, a VW Polo, but definitely more fuel friendly that BMWs, Focus's, etc.
It's a medium sized car, so not really recommended for learner drivers, but definitely isn't too big that you'll feel like you're driving a truck. It's a comfortable drive, and definitely good if you're on a smaller budget.
Having got this as a company car, I felt let down because it's so small, and looks without character. The body was silver, yet I thought, should I be driving a car like this? I took it out for a run around town while I had to pick up a few things, and I was pleasantly surprised! With the CD Player going on around you, and the nice comfy chairs, I was able to rev up the engine and I felt like I was driving something else; something bigger. It took corners like a dream and yet it was so quiet without the air conditioning or the CD Player on, it sounded really cool. I've had it for about a week now, and having driven about 600 miles in it, I am actually quite pleased. It runs really well, and overtaking trucks and lorries is really easy, as you just quietly pass them. The car is quite soundproof as well, as not much noise from the inside reaches the outside and vice-versa, yet you can still hear the police etc. As I got this as a company car, I didn't shell out any money for it. If you've got the money, I'd rather buy something else. Advantages: Quiet Runs well Solemn Humble CD PLAYER! Wide option selection Disadvantages: Not the flash sort of car No leather option No open top IJC