The elegant 75 showed that Rover (with a helping hand from BMW) could build a quality executive car that's refined, reliable, good to drive and has real presence.
- Restrained styling with classic Rover echoes
- Well executed interior with a quality feel
- Refined ride and good equipment levels
- Fails to match 3-Series for driving pleasure
- Obsolete range from a defunct car maker
- Basic 1.8 doesn't feel very lively
The 75 is a convincing executive contender that's satisfying to drive and own. It lacks the kudos of 3-Series or C Class, but used prices are far cheaper. It holds its own against Audi A4 and Passat, though the stylish Tourer estate offers less space than these two German estate rivals.
The roomy body is well built, with high quality trim and subtle retro hints that underline Rover heritage. If it seems middle-aged and unashamedly middle class, you're probably not in Rover's target market! Ride comfort is good and noise levels low; long journeys are not tiring.
Handling is safe and well mannered but lacks the sporting edge of 156 or 3-Series. All engines do the job well, with the 2.0 V6 and 2.5 V6 displaying a smooth potency that's the making of the 75. Four cylinder 1.8 and 2.0 turbodiesel units perform well and give better fuel economy.
Need To Know
Best Models: 2.0 V6 Connoisseur SE; 2.0 CDT Tourer models
Worst Models: 1.8 Classic without air con or alloy wheels
Quality & Reliability
Value for Money