MG F (95-02) - Review

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 29 Jan 2014
3
Rover knew they were onto a winner when they designed the MGF. It revived that famous octagonal badge, was fun to drive, and it cashed in on a demand for affordable soft-top motoring that had been re-kindled by the Mazda MX-5.

MG F (95-02)
Styling, handling, brand heritage
Dated interior, patchy build quality

New price range:

£15,500 - £22,720

Used price range:

£244 - £832

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3 out of 5

Rover knew they were onto a winner when they designed the MGF. It revived that famous octagonal badge, was fun to drive, and it cashed in on a demand for affordable soft-top motoring that had been re-kindled by the Mazda MX-5. Too good to be true? Partly. In pre-BMW days, the Rover's MG division had a limited research and development budget, which meant that the 200 and Metro donated switchgear, parts… and faults. Build quality on early cars was indifferent and MG dealers were thinly spread - not all Rover franchises handled MGs. Later cars - especially from V and W onwards - improved a great deal (although interiors still look thrown together), there’s now a unified Rover/MG dealer network. The MGTF, launched in February 2002, seems to be well-built and is a better drive, but more expensive.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3 out of 5

Performance

3 out of 5

Handling

3.5 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3 out of 5

Safety

3.5 out of 5

Reliability

2.5 out of 5

Running costs

4 out of 5

Green credentials

not rated yet

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

3 out of 5

Equipment

2.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 Nothing! With such a small boot, it is really only good for picnics and running down to the local shop for a few items. Possibly a bird-puller, but at my age even this is impossible!  

4 out of 5

John Marshall ,   10 Sep 2014    ... read more

 Sporty two seater still being practical ;) means quite large boot and good fuel economy.  

4 out of 5

Lukasz Likus ,   30 Oct 2013    ... read more

 Nothing. Its a rag top. You have a more than generous boot compared to say an MR2-Spider as they have no boot. Apart from that nothing :)  

4 out of 5

Paul Leipnik ,   20 May 2009    ... read more

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