Which used Rover 25 hatchback should I buy?
Not the turbodiesel. It's like diesels used to be before they got smooth, strong and refined. Worst of all, you'll probably pay extra for the privilege of being saddled with the worst engine.
All of the petrols (1.1, 1.4, 1.6 and 1.8) are eager, while the 148bhp 1.8 VVC turns the 25 into a respectable hot hatch. They're also economical, but our money would go on the 1.4.
And, we'd recommend you go for a five-door, too, unless you rarely use the back seats. Access to them in the three-door is a contorted affair.
Many 25s have air-con, but otherwise, it's a bit spartan for creature comforts and safety kit - a passenger's airbag was an option, and only the plush models have anti-lock brakes. Basic spec is no-name 'i', and E ups the ante only slightly, so aim for the L or sportier S.
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