What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

For The 25 is cheap, quiet and has a roomy boot. Fuel consumption is good on petrols, too

Against The interior is plain, build quality is iffy, the turbodiesel is unrefined, and safety standards are poor

Verdict It's a cheap supermini with a decent drive, but well past its sell-by date

Go for… 1.4-litre petrol 5dr

Avoid… 2.0 turbodiesel

Rover 25 Hatchback
  • 1. There's reasonable space for passengers, but getting into the back seats in the three-door is difficult
  • 2. Used prices nose-dived when Rover went bust, but they’ve since stabilised
  • 3. The petrol engines are vulnerable to head gasket trouble if the coolant is allowed to get too low
  • 4. Inspect the inside of the oil filler cap - any milk-like emulsion there means trouble
  • 5. Look for uneven tyre wear and be sure the car tracks straight and turns smartly in to corners
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