2002 Rover - Austin 75 Club SE 1.8 from UK and Ireland
This is what Rover is all about
The finest car that unfortunately was sold on our shores. How can manufacturer of such an almost perfect car go into administration where the likes of BMW, Mercedes and Audi's, continue to make dull and tawdry un-reliable cars?
Anyway, the car is superbly built. The ride quality is the best, this side of a Rolls Royce - and yet the handling is still superb, very direct and quite communicative. The car suffers very little body roll considering the suspension set up- this is what I call true Engineering. Anyone can make a car handle well - BMW M-series for instance - but it takes a real engineer to make it handle well and give more than decent ride quality.
The interior is the most inviting I have ever been in. Certainly a lot better than Jaguars recent efforts, and from sitting in the Rovers interior into a German /Japanese car - you would want to go back to the Rover without a doubt!
For a 1.8 the cars gives a decent performance. Its not going to blow anyone away from the lights. However, on the motorway, it can keep up with the best of them, and at no time do you feel as though the car is slow. I have also been getting 38mpg around town, and reaching nearly 50mpg on the motorway! Absolutly fantastic!
The equipment range is high too. Mine came with the intelligence pack - including rear parking sensors, automatic wipers, auto dimming rear view mirror. Full dual zone climate control system, e/windows all round, front fog lamps, 16" Union alloys, r/cl, electric mirrors, PAS, walk me home lights, on board computer. The list goes on.
I have always been a Rover fan, and even if the sad fact that a Rover badge never may appear on a new car again, I shall certainly be keeping my 75, or at least replacing her with a 2.5V6 or a 4.6V8.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th May, 2005