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  • Metro

    Votes: 25 12.7%
  • 100

    Votes: 5 2.5%
  • 200

    Votes: 7 3.6%
  • 200 2

    Votes: 24 12.2%
  • 200 3

    Votes: 39 19.8%
  • 25

    Votes: 33 16.8%
  • Streetwise

    Votes: 6 3.0%
  • CityRover

    Votes: 4 2.0%
  • Mini (Original of course)

    Votes: 54 27.4%

  • Total voters
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If you're going back as far as Metro and 100 I'm very disappointed that you've forgotten Mini... :_poke:
 

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200 MK3. Stylish, Brilliant engines, and a design that has lasted it over 10 years and produced Britain's best selling Hot hatch. The ZR.

That gets my vote. Mini's are'nt my thing...
 

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Gotta agree - plus the MkIII had nicer door cards than the 25...

Couple of points tho - you should have included 25 MkI and MkII...

Plus I really dont see the 200 MkI and MkII as little Rovers - The MkII would be equivalent to the the current hatchback 45!
 

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No contest really.

Although the MKIII 200 is a beautiful car, and initial pre-cost cutting models were well build and luxurious inside, my choice has got to be the Rover 200 MKII.

This was the car that provided the bulk sales. It was a cut above the Escorts of it's time, and during the lifespan of the model you had a choice of engines which were cutting edge (possibly excluding the diesels). 1.4 K series (what other engine of a 1400cc capacity could churn out 103bhp in 1992?), Honda D series (go forever) and the underrated torquey 2 litre Rover engines including the 200bhp turbo. The majority of these models also had wood inlays, velour upholstery, chrome strips on the door sills with Rover logo, Rover badges on the sides and when you closed the door you had a re-assuring meaty thud sound. From this platform they produced a saloon (400), a 3 door and 5 door hatch, a cabriolet, a coupe and an estate. The company was also making profits and churning out at least 100,000 of these a year at peak production.

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Before anybody says it was me. I voted for the 100 as it might have been shoddily built but it was the closest thing to a go kart for the road. Plus I have yet to drive a car that put so many smiles for every mile driven.
 

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I voted for the Metro - I know lots of folk say it's the worst thing since sliced bread but, never been one of the flock and it's difficult to change the habits of a lifetime...;)

Plus, and it's a quite important plus, I quite like the ones I've had or used. Nice little cars.
 

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Gotta be the Issi Mini.

2nd place: R6 Metro. At last! a decent engine, and properly engineered Hydragas suspension.

What Car? Car of the Year 1991 and the recipient of the UK's most prestigous engineering award, all the R6 needed was a more up to date body style. Some little time ago the R6 GTi was regarded as the best budget track day car, by "Cars & Car Conversions."

Rover and Coggiola came up with a very attractive reskin of the R6 - read about it on the Unofficial Austin Rover Web Resource and weep. Had that car been built then all of Rover's later travails might never have occurred.

The R6 also formed the basis of the MG revival. If the R6 had never existed, neither would the MGF.

R6: cleverer than a MINI, better to drive, and similarly short of rear seat space. The UK motoring press slated the R6 for its lack of rear
seat acccommodation, but glossed over the cramped rear quarters of the MINI, despite it being 4" longer and SO much heavier.

And now, Dr Moulton is working with Toyota on interconnected suspension.

The R6 was a helluva a car, a prescient wee beast, and derided by the gormless British public which will, no doubt, snap up small interconnected Toyotas with gay abandon in 2007.
 

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Yep, agree with you Ernst on many points.

Voted for R100 though, proof that evolution does sometimes work, besides its easier on the eye than the original Austin and Rover Metro's.

I can't understand why the Metro never caught on as good as the Mini at any time in its life. I thought it was always meant to be the next Mini, taking over from the original Mini provided it did well. In every respect (bar maybe some cornering abilities) the Metro is better than the original Mini. Ah well, never mind.... if people were generally smart there would be no such thing as a VW Golf, people would buy every other derivative of this car (e.g. Audi A3, Seat Leon, etc.) as they all do the same thing better.
 

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Sorry - although it might have been made by a company called Rover I don't think we could really call the Mini a Rover. To me that's like suggesting that the Series 1 Land Rover could be listed in the above poll as it wasn't really that large by the standards of today's 4WDs and it was made by the Rover Car Company.
 

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No contest really.

Although the MKIII 200 is a beautiful car, and initial pre-cost cutting models were well build and luxurious inside, my choice has got to be the Rover 200 MKII.

This was the car that provided the bulk sales. It was a cut above the Escorts of it's time, and during the lifespan of the model you had a choice of engines which were cutting edge (possibly excluding the diesels). 1.4 K series (what other engine of a 1400cc capacity could churn out 103bhp in 1992?), Honda D series (go forever) and the underrated torquey 2 litre Rover engines including the 200bhp turbo. The majority of these models also had wood inlays, velour upholstery, chrome strips on the door sills with Rover logo, Rover badges on the sides and when you closed the door you had a re-assuring meaty thud sound. From this platform they produced a saloon (400), a 3 door and 5 door hatch, a cabriolet, a coupe and an estate. The company was also making profits and churning out at least 100,000 of these a year at peak production.

Anthony.
I agree with all of this except about the 200 MkIII, which I tried and found far too small...the MkII was just so good with wood and bright strips n all!

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Strictly speaking wasn't the Mini an Austin? In which case shouldn't we rename the thread and INCLUDE the Morris Minor??? :)
 

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Best small Rover

Minis are fantastic but more of a hobby/toy than a serious car to me now, so much as I love mine I wouldn't count it.

2nd Place would be the 1990 model MPi (101bhp?) Metro GTi, my brother had one it was an absolute hoot, leagues above the XR2i I had at the time. Much underated car and well nippy, liked it rather stealthy understated looks too

1st place the MK3 Rover 200 diesels, quick (especially in SDi form) good handling, decent brakes and miles ahead of Astra, Escort and all the other players. Shame they were so dear or Rover could have sold even more of them.
In non intercooled version still a very decent MPG even against todays diesel, and all from an old Marina engine
 

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Strictly speaking wasn't the Mini an Austin?
Yes, but so was the 1st Gen Metro... The Mini was Rover from at least 1990 with the first Cooper RSPs.

I vote keep Mini!

But then I would... Anyway - it's head of the voting... ;)

And yes, the Metro was originally designed to replace the Mini (which is why I never liked them...) although Mini decided it wasn't quite ready to die and ended up outliving the Great Pretender.

As a bit of an aside, I was disgusted when my wife passed her test and we were offered an unbelievably cheap Rover Metro - it was so good that we couldn't not have it - but over the course of the 2 years we've had it, its proven to be a hugely endearing little motor with sprightly acceleration despite it's 1.1 K powerplant.
 

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But in fairness the Metro/100 could have still been going if it was not for the Euro N-Cap test. That what put pay to the sales. If the Mini had been done as well even though it was of an old design and customers would/should have know do you think they would have bought one after seeing the mess the car would have been in.
 
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