1996 Rover - Austin 200 Si 214 from UK and Ireland
The 214Si: A compact, speedy, suave looking wolf in sheep's clothing
When I bought the car, I thought it would be a good idea to have it checked over to make sure it wasn't a death trap in disguise. The rear brakes needed replacing due to wear.
No other problems were found.
These cars are fantastic. I used to own a Ford Escort and thought that it was quite nippy for a 1.4 engine, but when I got into my new 214Si about 2 months ago I couldnt believe the difference in power.
I fitted a performance air filter and took it to a nearby industrial estate to test it out. The 0-60 time is 9 seconds and the top speed is 130 mph (which I found out by testing on private land and completely OFF the highway). For a 1.4 engine, the acceleration and top speed is unbelievable and rivals many higher powered cars like the 1.6 Focus.
The 214 easily outranks my friends 1.8 Estate Golf and handles like an absolute dream. A quick nip of the hand brake when turning sharply, results in a perfect 180 spin every time (which is nice if you're looking for it).
I feel the reason I like this car so much, is because it is one of the fastest 1.4's available and they arent too pricey nor is the insurance which is essential when you're 18 and onto your second car.
The interior is very tidy with electric windows and a steering wheel mounted control for the stereo. The seats are comfy and it is a pleasure to drive.
The only problem I have found with this car is that the clutch is a little high. The bite isnt apparent until the pedal is 2 inches from full-out. It takes a bit of getting used to, but isn't much of a problem anymore.
The cockpit size is good for a hatchback because, as many other people of 6 feet & 2 inches will know, comfort and space is key to enjoying any driving experience.
A couple of hours after I bought this car, I turned to my friend and said "I'm going to live off 214 Si's for the rest of life"
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th May, 2004