I have driven the new Rover 75 4.8 V8, and believe me, it's remarkably powerful. Its beautiful soundtrack plays to you as you put your foot down. The Rover 75 is a brilliant car, but it's just been made 10x better. When you put your foot down, you really do get a taste of speed. It's a brilliant car for motorways, and with its unbelievable amounts of comfort and kit, it really does get you A-B. It still does about 22mpg, which is brilliant for a big V8. I would recommend this car to any one, and I own a 4.2 Jaguar S-Type, and I am considering buying this car with no doubts.
Having never owned a Rover before, or even considered that I would ever own one at all, I think that this is a superb car.
Its looks border on the Jaguar style and its drive borders on the BMW.
I have taken a 2004 2.0CDTi Connoisseur SE on contract hire because of its competitive rates and its generous equipment levels and have been very impressed by its smooth engine, beautifully crafted interior and supreme comfort levels.
The rear parking sensors on this model are a god-send due to the fact there is no rear wiper (being a saloon) and the electric seats with memory seatings are great as my wife is smaller than me be about 1 foot so we each have our own memory settings and one touch of a button and hey presto seat back in position without anything else to do!
I have no problem in recommending this car to any of my friends, in fact many of them who laughed when I told them which car I had hired, have since been in the passenger seat and commented on how good it is.
Good job Rover, let's hope you can sort your financial problems out and keep this great British car on the road for future generations to appreciate.
A supremely stylish and comfortable car, especially for long journeys.
The diesel is quiet and smooth and the power delivery is very impressive. It pulls away smoothly and strongly and has plenty of bite for overtaking, but is a quiet cruiser on the motorway and is remarkably economical.
I regularly get 47mpg with mixed driving. It looks as good now at four and a half years old as the day I bought it and has been impeccably reliable.
The only major shortcoming is heating/ventilation system. Clutch is also a little on the heavy side. It has ATC but is not able to keep side windows clear in wet weather. Airflow to side vents is controlled by heating settings.
They should be wholly independent, except for air temperature.
Putting that aside, it is quiet, smooth and pulls well from very low revs. It is a handsome car and looks good both inside and out. I bought it second-hand and have no experience of Rover dealers.
It is a modern incarnation of the traditional Rover qualities; it does this very well. Not everyone would appreciate this kind of car but I would have another - and happily recommend it, too.
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