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Rover 200 / Rover 25
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Manufacturer Rover Group
Production 1984–2005
About 1,900,000 cars made
Predecessor Triumph Acclaim
Class Compact car (1984–99)
Supermini (2000–05)[1]
Layout FF layout

The Rover 200 Series, and the later Rover 25, were a series of Rover-branded compact cars produced by the Austin Rover Group, and latterly the Rover Group, MG Rover and Roewe.

There have been three distinct generations of the Rover 200. The first generation was a four-door saloon car based on the Honda Ballade. The second generation was available in three or five-door hatchback forms, as well a coupé and cabriolet (in relatively small numbers). Its sister model, the Honda Concerto was built on the same production line in Rover's Longbridge factory. The final generation was developed independently by Rover on the platform of its predecessor, and was available as a three or five-door hatchback. After the sale of Rover in 2000, and following a facelift, the model was renamed and sold as both the Rover 25 and MG ZR. Production ceased in 2005 when MG Rover went into administration. Production rights and tooling for the model, but not the Rover name, now belong to Chinese car manufacturer Nanjing Automotive.

Rover 200 (SD3, 1984–89)Edit

Rover 200 Series (SD3)
1988 Rover 213SE Automatic.jpg
Rover 213 SE, Front
Manufacturer Austin Rover Group
Production 1984–1989
Predecessor Triumph Acclaim
Successor Rover 200/400 (R8)
Body style(s) 4-door saloon
Related Honda Ballade

The original Rover 200 (sometimes referred to by the codename SD3) was the replacement for the earlier Triumph Acclaim, and was the second product of the alliance between British Leyland (BL) and Honda.[2] Only available as a four-door saloon, the 200 series was intended to be more upmarket than the company's Maestro and Montego models, which the 200 Series came in between in terms of size.

Essentially, the 200 series was a British built Honda Ballade, the original design of which had been collaborated upon by both companies. Engines employed were either the Honda Civic derived E series 'EV2' 71 PS (52 kW/70 bhp) 1.3 litre 12 valve engine, or BL's own S-Series engine in 1.6 litre format (both in 86 PS (63 kW/85 bhp) carburettor and 103 PS (76 kW/102 bhp) Lucas EFi form). The resulting cars were badged as either Rover 213 or Rover 216.

The 213 used either a Honda five-speed manual gearbox or a Honda three-speed automatic transmission. Interestingly, the British-engined 216 also employed a Honda five-speed manual gearbox, unlike the S-Series engine when fitted in the Maestro and Montego. There was also the option of a German ZF four-speed automatic on some 216 models as well.

The Honda-badged version was the first Honda car to be built in the United Kingdom (the Honda equivalent of the 200 Series' predecessor, the Triumph Acclaim, was never sold in the UK). Ballade bodyshells, and later complete cars, were made in the Longbridge plant plant alongside the Rover equivalent, with the Ballade models then going to Honda's new Swindon plant for quality-control checks.

This model of car is well known as Richard and Hyacinth Bucket's car in the BBC Television sitcom Keeping up Appearances (1990–1995). Early episodes show a light blue 1987 216S, but later episodes feature a 1989 216SE EFi model (re-badged for continuity as a 216S, and with the same numberplate).

Trim levels (as of July 1989) were:

Engine & Transmission S SE Vanden Plas Vitesse
213 – 1.3 L 5 Speed Manual X X X
213 – 1.3 L 3 Speed Auto O X X
216 – 1.6 L 5 Speed Manual
216 – 1.6 L 4 Speed Auto X O O X

X = Unavailable = Available O = Optional


Rover 200 (R8, 1989–95)Edit

See also: Rover 400 / 45#R8
Rover 200 Series (R8)
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Rover 200 Series Mk2, Front 3/4 View
Production 1989–1995
Predecessor Rover 200 Series (SD3)
Successor Rover 200 Series (R3)
Body style(s) 3-door hatchback
5-door hatchback
2-door coupé
2-door cabriolet
5-door estate
Engine(s) 1.4 L or 1.6 L K-Series Straight-4
1.6 L Honda D16A6
1.6 L Honda D16A8
2.0 L M-Series Straight-4
2.0 L T-Series Straight-4
1.8 L Turbo Diesel Straight-4
1.9 L NA Diesel Straight-4
Related Honda Concerto
Rover 400 / 45
Rover 200 Coupé

The R8 Rover 200, sometimes referred to as the Mk 2 Rover 200, was launched in 1989. Unlike the Mk 1, Ballade-based, 200, this model was a 5 door hatchback designed to replace the Maestro while the saloon variant, called 400, was the replacement for the Mk 1 200. The 400 had a different nomenclature to the 200 because at the time many saloon versions of compact cars were positioned slightly upmarket from their hatchback siblings, often featuring higher specification and prices, in addition to different names. The 200 also spawned 3 door hatchback, coupe and convertible versions, while the 400 spawned an estate version. These variants were solely Rover designed and produced products, with no Honda version available.

The R8 200 was the first car to be introduced by the newly privatised Rover Group. Once again, the model was designed in collaboration with Honda (who produced the new designed-for-Europe Concerto model) and both models would share production lines at Rover's Longbridge facility. The 200 and Concerto itself were based on the 4th generation EC Honda Civic, of which the 3dr, coupe CRX and saloon versions were sold in the UK (meaning that Honda had effectively 2 different saloon models of the same car in the same class).

The 200 also saw the introduction of Rover's brand new and ground breaking K-Series family of engines (appearing in 1.4 L (1396 cc) twin-cam 16-valve form). The 1.6 L (1590 cc) version used either a Honda D16A6 SOHC or D16A8 DOHC powerplant, while the 2.0 L M-Series unit from the 800-series followed soon afterwards (1991) in the sportier versions. Later versions used the sturdier Rover T-Series engine, with limited-run turbocharged Rover 220s in GTi and GSi-Turbo trims, boast a power output of 200 PS (147 kW/197 bhp) as standard. The Rover-engined models drove the front wheels via jointly developed Peugeot/Rover R65 gearboxes (1.4 litre) and licence built Honda-designed PG1s for the 1.6 and 2.0 litre versions.

Also available were two PSA (non-electronically controlled Lucas CAV injection pumps) Indirect injection diesel engines, with the choice of naturally aspirated 1.9 litre XUD9 or turbocharged 1.8 XUD7T engines. They were class leading in their refinement in Peugeot and Citroen installations, but less refined in the Rovers. These engines were installed instead of the non-electronically controlled Bosch HPVE Direct Injection Rover MDi / Perkins Prima used in the Austin Maestro and Montego, because that engine with its noisy combustion but lower fuel consumption, was deemed too unrefined for the new models. The Rover 200 was produced alongside the a basically equipped Maestro, giving buyers a choice of a refined and up to date diesel or a less refined, obsolescent but competent value for money car. Because the R8 diesel used Lucas fuel injection rather than Bosch, it is less suitable for vegetable oil fuel, even though the XUD itself is one of the best engines for it.

On average, up to 110,000 Rover 200 and 400 (R8) models were sold in the UK each year. The 214 won What Car? 1990 "Car of the Year".[3]

In 1992 the 200 received a mild facelift, featuring redesigned front indicator lights, but unlike its 400 sibling, which was also facelifted at the same time, the car did not feature a new grille (which Rover reintroduced on the 1992 R17 facelift of the Rover 800) or new body coloured bumpers. This led to some owners retro-fitting the 400's new grille on to the 200. In 1993 Rover finally added the new grille and body coloured bumpers to the 200 range.


Rover 200 (R3, 1995–99)Edit

Rover 200 (R3)
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Production 1995–1999
Class Small family car
Transmission(s) 5 speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,500 millimetres (98 in)
Length 3,970 millimetres (156 in)
Width 1,690 millimetres (67 in)
Height 1,420 millimetres (56 in)
Related MG ZR
MG 3 SW
Rover Streetwise

The Rover 200, codenamed R3, was smaller than the Honda-based R8 cars. This was due to Rover's desperate need to replace the ageing Metro, which by now was 15 years old. Although some elements of the previous 200 / 400 were carried over (most notably the front structure, heater, steering and front suspension), it was by-and-large an all-new car that had been developed by Rover. Honda did provide early body design support as a result of moving production of the Honda Concerto from Longbridge to Swindon, freeing up capacity for 60,000 units at Rover. At this point, the car had a cut-down version of the previous car's rear floor and suspension and was codenamed SK3.

Lack of boot space and other factors led to Rover re-engineering the rear end to take a modified form of the Maestro rear suspension and the product was renamed R3. By the time the car was launched, Honda and Rover had already been "divorced" after the BMW takeover the previous year. The new 200 used K-Series petrol engines, most notably the 1.8 L VVC version from the MGF, and L-series diesel engine. During the mid 1990s the L-Series was a very competitive engine, regarded as second only to the VW TDI in overall performance, and an improvement over the R8s XUD, particularly in fuel economy while almost matching it for refinement.

Launched with 1.4i 16v (105 PS (77 kW/104 bhp)) and 1.6i 16v (111 PS (82 kW/109 bhp)) petrol engines and 2.0 turbodiesel (86 PS (63 kW/85 bhp) and intercooled 105 PS (77 kW/104 bhp) versions) engines, the range grew later to include a 1.1i (60 PS (44 kW/59 bhp)) and 1.4i 8v (75 PS (55 kW/74 bhp)) engines and also 1.8 16v units in standard (120 PS (88 kW/118 bhp)) and variable valve formats (145 PS (107 kW/143 bhp)). R65 Peugeot/Rover Manual gearboxes carried over from the R8 Rover 200 were available across the range and a CVT option was available on the 1.6i 16v unit.

The R3 featured a completely re-designed interior and dashboard to accommodate the fitment of a passenger airbag in line with new safety standards.

The 1.8-litre models earned a certain amount of praise for their performance, whilst the intercooled turbo diesel was claimed as one of the fastest-accelerating diesel hatchbacks on the market in the late 1990s.

Unlike its predecessor the R3 was not available in Coupe, Cabriolet or Tourer bodystyles. although Rover updated these versions of the older model with mild styling revisions and the fitting of the new dashboard from the R3, which was possible due to the shared front bulkhead. In the UK, these models were no longer branded as 200/400 models, simply being referred to as the Rover Coupe, Cabriolet and Tourer.

The Rover 200 might have been marketed as a supermini, it compares closely in size and engine range with contemporary models such as the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa. Instead Rover priced the car to compete with vehicles like the Ford Escort and Vauxhall Astra. Rover's only offering in the supermini segment at the time was the ageing Metro and this gap in the company's line-up needed to be filled.

The third generation 200 was initially popular, being Britain's seventh-best-selling new car in 1996 through to 1998. Within three years it had fallen out of the top 10 completely and was being outsold by traditionally poorer selling cars like the Volkswagen Polo Mk3 and the Peugeot 206.

Rover 200 BRMEdit

The Rover 200 BRM was first shown at 1997 Frankfurt Motor Show, the reaction from the press and public was good enough that after a year of development the Rover 200 BRM LE was officially launched at the British Motor Show in October 1998. It was based on the range-topping Vi model but with 1960's BRM styling cues. The engine was the familiar 145 PS (107 kW) 1.8-litre VVC K-Series.

Inside, there was red quilted leather seats and door panels, red carpet, seat belts and steering wheel. Alloy heater controls and turned aluminium trim complimented this. On the outside, there was Brooklands Green paintwork, with silver trim details, large 16" alloys, and an exclusive woven mesh grille sat above a huge orange snout in the front bumper, which was the BRM trademark nose on all of its 1960s Formula One racing cars.

Technical adjustments consisted of 20 mm (0.8 in) lower ride height over the Vi and improved damping and handling, a close-ratio gearbox with a TorSen differential further developed from the Rover 220 Turbo, reduced torque steer and improved straight-line stability.

The price was £18,000, excluding extras such as air conditioning, passenger airbag and a CD player. There were only 795 built for the UK, with an additional 350 for overseas markets. The steep price was originally slashed to £16,000 and when the Rover 25 was launched, this was cut to £14,000 to get rid of vehicles still lingering in showrooms.

SafetyEdit

The NCWR organisation (New Car Whiplash Ratings) tested the Rover 200 and awarded it the following scores:[4]

NCWR Score
Geometric: G
Dynamic: A
Overall: A

G = Good A = Acceptable M = Marginal P = Poor

Reviews Edit

The Rover 200 received moderate to good reviews from the motoring press.

  • Parker's Car Guides Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg[5]
    'Pros: Cheap to buy; good to drive.' | 'Cons: Reliability hasn't been good.'
  • RAC (6.1/10)[6]
    'It may not be 'Above All' but it's certainly a Rover. These days that means class, which, in this case, needn't cost a lot.'
  • Wise Buyers Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg[7]
    'Supermini on steroids or shrunken small family hatchback? Try this lively, enjoyable car before you [make a] decision. Just don't expect practicality to rival Focus or 306.'

Rover 25 (1999–2005)Edit

See also: MG ZR
Rover 25
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2000–2004 Rover 25
Manufacturer MG Rover
Production 2000–2005
Class Supermini
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual
6-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,500 millimetres (98 in)
Length 3,990 millimetres (157 in)
Width 1,690 millimetres (67 in)
Height 1,420 millimetres (56 in)
Related MG ZR
MG 3 SW
Rover Streetwise

A face-lifted version, renamed the Rover 25 (internal codename Jewel) was launched in autumn 1999 for the 2000 model year. This version used similar frontal styling to the larger 75 model. The chassis had been uprated to give sportier handling (suspension and steering setup from 200vi) and the front end had been restyled to give it the corporate Rover look first seen in the range-topping 75, a number of safety improvements and interior changes were made, but the 25 was instantly recognisable as a reworked 200 Series. The 1.4 L, 1.6 L and 1.8 L petrol engines as well as the 2.0 L diesel were all carried over from the previous range. CVT automatic gearboxes were carried over from the R3 200, with 'Steptronic' (later 'Stepspeed' post-BMW demerger) semi-automatic system available from late 2000. R65 manual gearboxes were again carried over but were later superseded by Ford 'IB5' units in mid-2003.

The Rover 25 also saw the introduction, from autumn 2000, of the 16V twin-cam version of the 1.1 L K-Series engine, replacing the 1.1 Single Cam 8-valve K-Series Engine previously found in the Rover 211i. (Badged just Rover 200) This development saw power boosted from 60 to 75 PS (44 to 55 kW; 59 to 74 bhp).

Less than a year after the Rover 25 was launched, BMW sold the Rover Group to the Phoenix consortium for a token £10. By the summer of 2001, the newly named MG Rover Group had introduced a sporty version of the Rover 25: the MG ZR. It had modified interior and exterior styling, as well as sports suspension, to give the car the look of a "hot" hatchback. The largest engine in the range was the 1.8 VVC 160 PS (118 kW/158 bhp) unit, which had a top speed of 210 km/h (130 mph) . It was frequently Britain's best-selling "hot hatch".

In 2003, Rover made a version of the car with increased ride height and chunkier bumpers, called Streetwise. The car was marketed by Rover as an "urban on-roader". They also introduced a van version of the 25 called the Rover Commerce.[8]

By 2004, the age of the Rover 25 / MG ZR's interior design in particular was showing, so MG Rover gave the cars an exterior restyle to make them look more modern. The majority of changes however were focussed on the interior, which featured a completely new layout and fascia design. Production of both cars was suspended in April 2005 when the company went into administration. In March 2005 the 25 won the "Bargain of the Year Award" at the prestigious Auto Express Used Car Honours: "The compact hatchback was recognised by the judges for the availability and affordability that help make five-year old examples an attractive purchase proposition."

Specifications for the Rover 25 design were purchased by Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation in early 2005, though new MG Rover Group owner, Nanjing Automobile Group now owns the tooling for the car. In 2008, the Streetwise, rebadged as the MG 3SW, was relaunched in China.[9]

The Rover 25 was actually Britain's best selling new car for the month of April 2000, due to a brief surge in sales among buyers wanting to support the company at the time of their sell-off by BMW.[citation needed]

SafetyEdit

The 25 underwent the Euro NCAP car safety tests in 2001 and achieved the following ratings:[10]

Euro NCAP Rating
Adult occupant: Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg
Child occupant: n/a
Pedestrian: Star fullStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg

The NCWR organisation (New Car Whiplash Ratings) tested the facelifted Rover 25 and awarded it the following scores:[11]

NCWR Score
Geometric: M
Dynamic: n/a
Overall: P

G = Good A = Acceptable M = Marginal P = Poor

SecurityEdit

The Rover 25 was tested by Thatcham's New Vehicle Security Ratings (NVSR) organisation and achieved the following ratings:[12]

< 06/2003 Rating
Theft of car: Star fullStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg
Theft from car: Star fullStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg
> 07/2003 Rating
Theft of car: Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg
Theft from car: Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg

Reviews Edit

The Rover 25 received mixed to good reviews from the motoring press.

  • The Automobile Association Star fullStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg[13]
    'The original 200 ... was never going to sell against the Golfs and Astras of the time, even though that was the sales pitch and price. The 25 remedied this. We're left with a hatchback that's now the right size and price to compete; if only it were better equipped and these lower-range versions offered a bit more comfort when they're on the move.'
  • Parker's Car Guides Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg[14]
    'Pros: Sporty driving experience, good quality.'
    'Cons: Cramped interior.'
  • Royal Automobile Club plc Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg[15]
    'The Rover 25 series has developed into a very fine range of cars [and] additional chassis work had taken place ... to bring the standard models up to the old 200vi's handling standards. Rover's repositioning of the car had propelled a middle-order family hatch to somewhere near the top of the supermini class.'
  • What Car? Reader Reviews Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg[16]
    'For – The 25 is cheap, quiet and has a roomy boot. Fuel consumption is good on petrols, too.'
    'Against – The interior is plain, build quality is iffy, the turbodiesel is unrefined, and safety standards are poor.'
  • Wise Buyers Star fullStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg[17]
    'The 25 is best regarded as a large supermini rather than a small family car. It drives well, looks classy and is fairly affordable, but it's getting on a bit.'

PowertrainsEdit

These were the engines available for the Rover 200 (1995–1999) and Rover 25 (2000–2005). Each engine was modified at regular intervals throughout its life with economy and emissions improving with the changes.

Years Model & Transmission Engine Power Torque Top Speed 0–62 mph
0–100 km/h
Fuel economy[clarification needed] Emissions
(CO2)
Petrol[18]
1998–20011.1 8v Manual1.1 L, 4 in-L60 PS (44 kW/59 hp) 90 N·m (66 lb·ft) 155 km/h (96 mph) 14.5 secs42.0 mpg-imp (6.73 L/100 km/35.0 mpg-US)165 g/km
2001–20051.1 16v Manual1.1 L, 4 in-L75 PS (55 kW/74 hp) 95 N·m (70 lb·ft) 161 km/h (100 mph) 13.5 secs41.3 mpg-imp (6.84 L/100 km/34.4 mpg-US)160 g/km
1995–19991.4 8v Manual1.4 L, 4 in-L74 PS (54 kW/73 hp) 117 N·m (86 lb·ft) 166 km/h (103 mph) 12.5 secs41.0 mpg-imp (6.89 L/100 km/34.1 mpg-US)170 g/km
1999–20051.4 16v 84 Manual1.4 L, 4 in-L84 PS (62 kW/83 hp) 110 N·m (81 lb·ft) 169 km/h (105 mph) 11.8 secs41.3 mpg-imp (6.84 L/100 km/34.4 mpg-US)164 g/km
1997–19991.4 16v 103 Manual1.4 L, 4 in-L103 PS (76 kW/102 hp) 127 N·m (94 lb·ft) 185 km/h (115 mph) 10.0 secs39.0 mpg-imp (7.24 L/100 km/32.5 mpg-US)173 g/km
1999–20051.4 16v 103 Manual1.4 L, 4 in-L 103 PS (76 kW/102 hp) 123 N·m (91 lb·ft) 180 km/h (112 mph) 10.2 secs41.3 mpg-imp (6.84 L/100 km/34.4 mpg-US)164 g/km
1995–19991.6 16v Manual1.6 L, 4 in-L 111 PS (82 kW/109 hp) 145 N·m (107 lb·ft) 190 km/h (118 mph) 9.3 secs39.0 mpg-imp (7.24 L/100 km/32.5 mpg-US)176 g/km
1999–20051.6 16v Manual1.6 L, 4 in-L 110 PS (81 kW/108 hp) 138 N·m (102 lb·ft) 185 km/h (115 mph) 9.5 secs41.3 mpg-imp (6.84 L/100 km/34.4 mpg-US)164 g/km
2001–20051.6 16v Stepspeed1.6 L, 4 in-L 110 PS (81 kW/108 hp) 138 N·m (102 lb·ft) 177 km/h (110 mph) 10.3 secs36.6 mpg-imp (7.72 L/100 km/30.5 mpg-US)184 g/km
1997–19991.8 16v Manual1.8 L, 4 in-L 120 PS (88 kW/118 hp) 165 N·m (122 lb·ft) 195 km/h (121 mph) 8.6 secs38.3 mpg-imp (7.38 L/100 km/31.9 mpg-US)179 g/km
1999–20021.8 16v Stepspeed1.8 L, 4 in-L 117 PS (86 kW/115 hp) 160 N·m (118 lb·ft) 185 km/h (115 mph) 9.5 secs34.7 mpg-imp (8.14 L/100 km/28.9 mpg-US)194 g/km
1997–20021.8 16v VVC Manual1.8 L, 4 in-L 145 PS (107 kW/143 hp) 174 N·m (128 lb·ft) 204 km/h (127 mph) 7.5 secs37.8 mpg-imp (7.47 L/100 km/31.5 mpg-US)178 g/km
Diesel[18]
1995–19992.0 TD 86 Manual2.0 L, 4 in-L 86 PS (63 kW/85 hp) 170 N·m (125 lb·ft) 169 km/h (105 mph) 12.0 secs49.5 mpg-imp (5.71 L/100 km/41.2 mpg-US)166 g/km
1995–19992.0 TD 105 Manual2.0 L, 4 in-L 105 PS (77 kW/104 hp) 210 N·m (155 lb·ft) 185 km/h (115 mph) 9.7 secs50.1 mpg-imp (5.64 L/100 km/41.7 mpg-US)166 g/km
1999–20052.0 TD 101 Manual2.0 L, 4 in-L 101 PS (74 kW/100 hp) 240 N·m (177 lb·ft) 182 km/h (113 mph) 9.9 secs55.4 mpg-imp (5.10 L/100 km/46.1 mpg-US)150 g/km
2002–20042.0 TD 113 Manual2.0 L, 4 in-L 113 PS (83 kW/111 hp) 240 N·m (177 lb·ft) 185 km/h (115 mph) 9.1 secs51.5 mpg-imp (5.49 L/100 km/42.9 mpg-US)150 g/km

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