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Used Rover 45 Saloon 1999 - 2005 review

Category: Family car

Section: Our recommendations

Rover 45 Saloon (99 - 05)
  • Rover 45 Saloon (99 - 05)
  • Rover 45 Saloon (99 - 05)
Used Rover 45 Saloon 1999 - 2005 review
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Our recommendations

Which used Rover 45 saloon should I buy?

Don't bother with the diesels, for a start. The 2.0-litre turbodiesel is available in two states of tune, 100 and 110bhp, yet even the more powerful version fails to do the business. It short of low-down punch and, perhaps more crucially, it's unrefined. If you want a quiet, civilised life, it's best avoided.

The 2.0-litre KV6 engine was well received and worked well when mated to the Steptronic CVT automatic gearbox, but whether such a small car merited such a large engine is debateable.