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Used MG Rover ZR Hatchback 2001 - 2005 review

(2001 - 2005)
MG Rover ZR Hatchback (01 - 05)
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What used MG ZR hatchback will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a MG ZR hatchback?

The ZR is an affordable set of wheels to buy and run. Provided, that is, you steer clear of the ZR160.

The ZR160 adds true hot hatch ability to go with those looks, but it's the priciest ZR and you'll have to stump up the cash for group 16 insurance. By comparison, our favourite model, the ZR120, falls into group 10, while the smaller-engined ZR105 and 2.0 turbodiesels are in group 8.

All models are easy-going at the pumps, though. The diesels are best, of course (reckon on just over 50mpg in normal driving), but the petrols are very fuel-efficient, too. Even the hot ZR160 should give you high-30s when you aren't caning it, while the ZR120 and ZR105 can get up to around the 40mpg mark.

Servicing costs are likely to be slightly higher than average, depending on where you get the work done, but nothing to scare your bank manager.