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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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39 reader reviews for Rover 25 Hatchback.
  • 1.4 SEi 5dr

    Steve Milsom Date: 15/02/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have a 105bhp Rover 25 Streetwise which I bought as a two-fingered gesture to my design company bosses. I also wanted to support my best pal, who was a paint sprayer Rover.

    All I can say is that this is an absolute stinker of a car that sits at the top of the automotive dung heap. Any designer, supplier or manager associated with this 15-year old pile of crud should hang their head in shame.

    I need to pay off half the value of this 'car' before I can return it to the finance company. My sole enjoyment until then is thinking of the most creative way of giving them back this car. At the moment, firing it from a cannon while it is engulfed in flames is the most favourable option.

  • 1.4 iL 16v 3dr

    T B Date: 28/01/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Bought my 1.4iL (84PS) secondhand 3 months ago, 26K on the clock. No sunroof, thought these were supposed to be standard? No major hassles yet - car has been regularly serviced and well looked after.

    Car is generally OK to drive, a little slow off the mark but plenty of power above 3000 revs - gearing is quite high. Brakes squeak a bit. Good on the motorway (45mpg) relaxed and comfortable for long journeys. Handles well - same chassis as MG version). Would love to test drive a GTI!

    The car seems solid and well put together, but trim isn't the best. A few minor problems so far - drivers door seal sticking out, internal light and bonnet catch just stopped working. Overall - solid, reliable, not bad comfort for a small car.

  • 1.6 iS 16v 3dr

    neil moran Date: 24/01/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    1 have owned my rover 25is 1.6 now for 5 years from new. i have leather seats air con cd player alloy wheels electric windows and alarm with immobiliser. in fact everything i would need in a car. my car has done 45,000 miles and has not caused me any trouble at all. it is a joy to drive.

  • 1.6 iL 16v 5dr

    Suzanne Mitchell , Berkshire . Date: 13/10/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    When I first boght this car I thought I must have been out of my mind! However, after recovering from the shock of Rover going bust and having to buy a new guarantee,I decided to look again at what I thought I had got 'STUCK' with.

    Though my car is not worth what I paid for it, in fact only half what I paid for it !? I decided to give it another chance instead of cutting my losses and running, or driving away. I have a 6CD changer, tape player, and adequate radio.

    Petrol consumption is very fair,and since I have had it I have had NO problems. Believe it or not my local garage was very helpful and gave a good service, (Wokingham), and I would not hesitate to return for the cars regular servicing.

    As to handling when needed I get a lot of power and those that say it does not hold the road well or answer controls simply don't deserve the car, and probably can't drive! As to whether I would buy another ...not if it is Chinese made! I bought British and am proud of it. At least it doesn't look like everything else on the road, and being a follower of fashion is greatly overrated and very expensive.

    For the time being I will stick with this car and continue to enjoy it.

Rover 25 Hatchback

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