Used Rover 25 (1999 - 2005) Safety & Reliability

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 22 May 2014
The Rover 25 is little more than an old 200 with a Rover 75-style nose job and a bundle of detailed changes. It sits between small car and medium car classes - bigger than many city cars, smaller than a Ford Focus.

3 out of 5



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  • Adult Occupant Rating

    3 out of 5
  • Pedestrian Test Rating

    2 out of 5

Considering the age of the underlying design, the 25 is reasonably safe. It gained a three-star Euro NCAP crash test rating, thanks to a new front end that gives better impact protection than the 200. It also has a larger airbag, seatbelt pre-tensioners, and ABS on 1.6 and 1.8 models. An alarm and an effective immobiliser are standard across the range.

3 out of 5


Generally good, but occasional head gasket problems on the 1.8 K-Series engine spoil the show.

Car check problem points


Parking knocks. body colour bumpers are hard to repaint.


No problems reported so far.


Service history is vital.