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Rover 45 Hatchback (2000 - 2004) Review

Parkers overall rating: 2 out of 5 2.0
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PROS

Low running costs, good performance, handling.

CONS

Cramped interior, noisy engines, outdated styling.

Verdict

The 45 utilises basically the same chassis as the old 400. Being derived from a mid-90s Honda means it is a bit dated, but well-designed. Originally it would have been compared to Vectra/Mondeo class cars for size, but as successive generations of rivals have grown whereas the Rover hasn't, it really needs to be considered as a Focus/Astra sized car.

The image won't have a universal appeal as there are those who consider it unbearably stuffy, but it hits the mark for some and all versions are well equipped for the money.

What owners say about this car

Lots of front legroom, well supported seat, plenty of rear space with seats folded down. Read owner review

Even thow its only a 1.4 it went a 600 mile trip fully loaded even pulling a small camping trailer. Read owner review

Economical, easily get 60 mpg with my kind of driving. 2 labs can sit in comfort at the... Read owner review

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