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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
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Performance

3 out of 5 3.0

Rover-developed front-wheel-drive three and five-door hatchbacks launched in late 1995 with a good choice of economical engines, from the leisurely 1.1 to the sporty 200vi 1.8. The 220 Di, introduced in March 98, is both lively and remarkably economical - 50 mpg is a realistic all-round average. Even 214 feels quite sporty; 200vi is keen driver’s choice; 216i and 218i are brisk.

Handling

3 out of 5 3.0

A good ride over most surfaces, although it can get caught out when the road gets really bumpy. Roadholding is good, with adequate grip for cornering. The power steering is precise, though rather lifeless. Slick, easy gearchange and clutch.

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5 4.0

One problem for some drivers may be the low position of the steering column, even though it is height adjustable. Seats are good, though don't offer enough support for longer journeys and the neat looking dashboard sites switches in odd places.

Comfort

3 out of 5 3.0

Ride is smooth and quiet, though engines are loud at high revs. Seats are good, though legroom in the back is poor for adults. Cabin ambience rather good for its age.

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