My car technically isn't just an Impression S - it's an Olympic Impression S, not to be confused with the Olympic S made four years earlier. What this means is that instead of a cloth interior my car has half-leather seats, with lumbar support for driver, rear headrests and rear centre armrest.
It also has all the usual extras included with the Impression S, such as a Sony CD player, A/C, front foglights and alloy wheels. This makes for possibly one of the best new car prices on the road at just £8700. A passenger airbag would be nice although the car still gets 3 stars at NCAP. The cabin is well constructed and does not feel as cheap inside as perhaps the facelifted version.
To drive, the car feels well damped but still firm giving it great handling but a nice ride. It is fair to say that it out-handles most other cars. The car isn't sluggish either for a lower output 1.4. The K-series remains relatively refined and offers good performance. The gearbox (which feels different to the one used only a year ago) is direct and nice to use.
Unfortunately the motoring press struggle to admit that it is a good car with very few real reliability issues and the build quality is very good, also contrary to popular opinion.
With a good ride, fine handling and warm performance, despite its debut in the mid nineties and the 200, the 25 is still a very nice car to own and drive.
I drove my 2.0 rover for 4 years. Having ought it ex fleet with full service history I was initially impressed with just how much sheer power the little car had when compaired with the Citroen Xantia I had previously.
The comfort, driving position and equipment couldn't be faulted. I drove over 70,000 miles and, with regular servicing, it started first time regardless of weather and even in its final days with me, showed no signs of wear either inside or out.
This is one of those versatile cars you can take anywhere. From the hypermarkets in France to the windy pennine hills, it's pulling power is impressive.
Running costs were good. I always received 45mpg combined and really only sold it due to its mileage and resale value. Rover dealers I found expensive and variable with customer service however, independant smaller chains found it simple and straighforward to maintain.
Even tyre costs were reasonable.
Overall, I had four good years of motoring with the Rover and may return to perhaps a larger model at a later date.
I had a W-reg five-door GTi for three years with no problems at all. I loved the car.
The second-hand motors excellent value for money when you consider the performance (0-60mph in 7.5sec).
Cheap insurance too, £340 FC. Very practical yet fun to drive when given the opportunity.
Service costs are reasonable, £200 full service. Dealer was excellent.
As reported, the interior feels like it was last in the food queue at Rover. Its cheap materials feel flimsy. There's no CD as standard. Poor standard stereo sound. Worth upgrading.
Fuel economy is good - 35mpg urban. However, when that rev counter gets over 5000revs, feel the speed and watch the fuel indicator nose dive!
Overall, good to drive and good to own.
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