The Rover 200 is a car of many faces, but importantly was one of the last produced before the famous company was sold to BMW. Originally a 4 door saloon, but later a small hatchback, there’s a lot to like about it and the incredibly low cost means it’s a great option for buyers with less than impressive budgets.
First released in 1984, the original Rover 200 was quite a boring saloon that was a real ‘old man’ car. Replaced with an equally uninteresting hatchback in 1989, this second generation was also available as a coupe, cabriolet and estate. It’s the third generation that most people remember the most because it was actually decent. Introduced in 1995, it had sporty looks, nippy performance and a good overall drive. Even though production ended in 1999, it managed to spawn the magnificent MG ZR.
Without doubt, the third generation was the best of the lot, and went on to be released as the Rover 25. Small but nicely formed, the cheeky nature of it was enough to create a good following, and even though it’s not overly pretty, there’s something there that makes you look twice. The interior is nicely designed, although quite basic when compared to new cars in the same niche. Comfortable seats, an adequate amount of kit and a large boot make it great for everyday motoring.
One of the better features of the Rover is how it performs on the road. Thanks to a front wheel drive setup, there’s plenty of grip on offer, and cornering is very easy. Agile and light on its feet, the ride is good on most roads, and the 200 can keep its shape even in the wet. Powered by some small engines, it won’t get up to high speed but has enough under the hood for normal driving. If you want extreme economy, go for the 1.1 litre petrol; people who are looking for something sportier would be happy with the 1.8 litre.
As the 25 was an altogether more popular car, you’ll have no trouble finding a second hand Rover 200. Quite a few were made as well, but it has to said that the third generation is the most sought after. Here at Motors.co.uk you’ll find nothing but high quality used cars for sale at severely discounted prices, and as a result it’s only a matter of time before you discover a bargain.
Ultimately, the Rover 200 is a solid car under all its guises, but the later hatchback models are by far the best of the lot. Ideal for new drivers, people who live in built up areas or simply those who want something cheap and cheerful, it might have been a last hurrah before the BMW era, but it’s still a very viable option even today.