1998 Rover - Austin 400 GSDi 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Diesels are slow? Think again
Didn't pass emissions test on its MOT because the car isn't trashed enough as there's no need to, but a quick spray of 10k boost and a blast around the block sorted it.
0-60 in 10 and in gear times to scare a Cosworth, what more can I say? Know someone who thinks diesels are slow and noisy? One go in this will change their mind!
The turbo really cuts in at 4000 RPM so just don't be leaning forward trying to get your fags from the dash because you'll get thrown right back. Think I'm joking? Everyone does, but I'm not. I used to think that diesels were slugs and our 405 and 406 diesels did nothing to change my mind, but this car changed everything. 104 HP and 177 lb ft of torque compared with say the 306's 90 HP and 155 lb ft of torque, what do you expect?
Inside the leather seats are comfortable and supportive, there's plenty of wood and chrome and this gives a feel of luxury and sportiness. The stereo is way above standard and everything has a classy feel.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th August, 2001
The comparison between the Peugeot 406 Diesel and the Rover 400 Diesel is interesting. By co-incidence we own both a Rover 400 Diesel and a Peugeot 406 Diesel.
The 1.9 406 Diesels are slow, almost painfully so when pulling away from lights etc. But the 2.1 version is on a par with the Rover 400, the Rover accelerates a little more quickly (Very little in it) but the 406 is more relaxed on the motorway due to higher gearing.
My Rover diesel does everything I need a car to do and more! reliably, Quickly, economically and comfortably. I cannot praise the car enough and have to make this point... if more people drove them instead of relying on the media then more people would buy one of these wonderful cars. 107K and still driving like new, not bad for such a disliked model if you believe all you read in the papers.
Finally some sane people who agree that the Rover 400 with a 2.0 TD is an absolute gem. I have the SDi from 97 on a P reg and it is all the car I have ever wanted. It is my first car, but Iv'e drove a friends brand new Astra 1.7 TD and my Rover wipes the floor with it. I learned in a Corsa 1.3 TD and it was SOOOOOOOO PAINFULLY SLOW. My Rover is also much better equipped than my friends Astra. Electric windows in the front and back, electric sunroof, electric mirrors as opposed to his 2 electric windows, electric mirrors and no sunroof. His interior is better obviously, the 400's interior is quite poor, but the hot hatch drive, equipment, economy, boot space and looks make well up for this. To all the haters I say get a life (and a Rover 400 TD) and to all the lovers I say Happy Rovering!