Used Rover 75 Saloon 1999 - 2005 review

Category: Family car

Section: Our recommendations

1999 - 2005 review
Rover 75 Saloon (99 - 05)
  • Rover 75 Saloon (99 - 05)
  • Rover 75 Saloon (99 - 05)
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Our recommendations

Which used Rover 75 saloon should I buy?

The best engine, in our view, is the BMW-sourced 2.0 CDT turbodiesel. It just suits the 75's character so well - smooth, punchy, frugal and extremely quiet. In fact, you can barely hear it, unless you take it to maximum revs, which you won't because there's so much pull long before you get there.

The rest of the line-up are all petrol engines: a reasonable non-turbo 1.8, a much keener 1.8 turbo, a 2.0 V6 that feels underpowered and a 2.5 V6 that seems to have sourced its 174 horses from poor stock. Of these, the 1.8 turbo gives the best all-round balance of performance, economy and refinement.

Classic trim goes without air-conditioning, so we'd upgrade to Club spec, which also adds electric rear windows. Connoisseur brings electrically adjustable leather seats and chrome door mirrors and any car badged SE should have cruise control and a CD multi-changer.

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