Used Rover 75 Tourer 1999 - 2005 review

Category: Estate car

The Rover 75 Tourer feels like a car from a bygone age brought up to date, and it's a good load-carrier, too

Rover 75 Tourer (99 - 05)
  • Rover 75 Tourer (99 - 05)
  • Rover 75 Tourer (99 - 05)
Used Rover 75 Tourer 1999 - 2005 review
Star rating

What's the used Rover 75 estate like?

The Rover 75 Tourer is a cushy cruiser that looks as if it was designed in the 1960s. The cabin on all but the entry-level Classic drips with wood and leather, while the instruments resemble the dials from an old Bakelite radio. Meanwhile, the fat front chairs are comfy, but take up too much room.

The load area is roomier than it looks, although the intruding rear suspension narrows the available space. Lots have cabins trimmed in pale colours, which get shabby quickly and the fabrics look too delicate to stand a tough life.


The Rover 75 Tourer feels like a car from a bygone age brought up to date, and it's a good load-carrier, too

  • The 75 is cheap, well equipped and practical
  • and comes with olde-worlde charm
  • Reliability problems

The 1.8 petrol engines and 2.0 diesel are good, but the 2.5 V6 feels a bit weak and there are plenty of complaints about it developing faults.

All models have plenty of kit, and they're good to drive in a slushy, relaxed sort of way. But, probably the most attractive thing about a 75 is its low price, although you should remember that, following Rover's demise, there's no dealer back-up should problems occur.

Ownership cost

What used Rover 75 estate will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Rover 75 estate?

Tourers are cheap to buy, but you're getting an old design without dealers to support it. Reliability isn't a strong point, and although getting spare parts shouldn't cause problems yet, there are reports that some replacement body panels are in short supply.

Future depreciation should not be a worry, though, because most of the car's value has already vanished.

Day-to-day running costs are reasonable, too, helped by the fact that you'll be using independent garages for servicing, which are usually cheaper than main dealers.

The diesel is good for up to 48mpg across a mix of driving, while the 1.8 petrol should manage up to 36mpg and the 1.8 turbo 35mpg. The 2.5 V6 struggles to 30mpg.

Our recommendations

Which used Rover 75 estate should I buy?

Go for the diesel. This 2.0 CDTi engine comes courtesy of Rover's one-time owner, BMW. It is a hard worker, but smooth with it. It's also capable of reaching high mileages without causing grief.

Of the petrols, the 1.8 is fine if you take it easy, but the 1.8 turbo is much better. We'd avoid the 2.5, which feels limp for a V6, has an unhealthy thirst for fuel and may need expensive repairs.

The base Classic models make do with fabric seats and plastic wheel covers, but move up to the Connoisseur and you get leather trim and alloy wheels that suit the car perfectly. ÔContemporary' models attempt a more modern look for the cabin, which doesn't look right. A face-lift of the range for 2004 tidied the dash, beefed up the front grille and merged the twin headlamps into one.

Buy from car supermarkets or independent dealers specialising in estates.

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