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Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0
MG F (95-02) - rated 3 out of 5
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PROS

Styling, handling, brand heritage

CONS

Dated interior, patchy build quality

At a glance

New price £15,500 - £22,720
Used price £440 - £1,715
Fuel economy 32 - 38 mpg
Road tax cost £260 - £325
Insurance group 24 - 33 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Styling, handling, brand heritage

CONS

Dated interior, patchy build quality

MG F rivals

Toyota
MR2
4 out of 5 4.0
Mazda
MX-5
4 out of 5 4.0

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.

MG F rivals

Toyota
MR2
4 out of 5 4.0
Mazda
MX-5
4 out of 5 4.0