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Parkers overall rating: 2 out of 5 2.0
Rover 45 Hatchback (00-04) - rated 2 out of 5
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PROS

Low running costs, good performance, handling.

CONS

Cramped interior, noisy engines, outdated styling.

PROS

Low running costs, good performance, handling.

CONS

Cramped interior, noisy engines, outdated styling.

Rover 45 Hatchback rivals

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.

Rover 45 Hatchback rivals

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