I'm absolutely over the moon with this car. I bought it from a local Rover dealer as a nearly new model, with only 2,000 miles on the clock a month or so ago, and have experienced no problems at all.
It was a great value buy, at only £9,000. I know people have got them for less since the demise of MG Rover, but as I intend to keep it, I'm not bothered about the value it keeps.
The ride is comfortable for a sporting saloon. In fact incredibly so, though it's obviously not as comfortable as my previous "long distance cruiser" type cars (3 Series, Laguna, Mondeo).
The performance is well above that I'd expect from a standard 1.8 engine, with plenty of torque available in all gears. I have read reports that report the acceleration in fifth as laughable, which I entirely disagree with. The car is very versatile. If you want neck breaking performance in fifth, buy an Evo car. My car provides far more than sufficient to keep up with, and overtake, British traffic.
The build quality is generally very good indeed, with only a few minor rattles from the dashboard, which can no doubt be sorted on a Sunday afternoon with a screwdriver and some determination.
The stereo is of a high quality, and is easy to use, with great sound quality from the standard fit speakers.
The seats provide excellent support, and although supportive, are not constrictive.
The gear change is direct and smooth, with a clutch that while biting quickly when you want to press on, is not grabby, and allows for smooth power delivery if you'd rather cruise at a more sedentary pace.
I have carried myself and four passengers in comfort, thanks to the generous interior space for the class of car.
The boot space is more than enough for my needs, and I'm sure would allow for a family's luggage for a weeks holiday.
All of the electrics have proved reliable so far, and the layout of the controls has proved very logical and generally easy to use.
In addition to all of the above praise, everyone in my office building have commented on how great the car looks, and that they would definitely consider one seriously for their next car. This opinion is only strengthened by having ridden in it!
If the British press had not been so derogatory and encouraged people to just give it a try, I'm sure that the ZS and the Rover 45 on which it is based, would have continued to be a success for many years to come. Ignoring fashion, which dictates that we all ought to drive the newest design we can afford, there is absolutely no reason not to go out and bag yourself a phenomenal bargain! Do it now! You'll thank me later.
In summary, an excellent drivers car with the capability of being comfortable when travelling long distance.