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1997. - 2001. Production 1999. - 2004.
C - Small family car Vehicle class C - Small family car
sedan, 4 door Body style sedan, 4 door
Front Wheel drive Front
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4460 mm
Length 4520 mm
1695 mm
Width 1695 mm
1390 mm
Height 1390 mm
380 liters
Boot (min) 466 liters
380 liters
Boot (max) 466 liters
45 liters
Fuel tank 55 liters
Engine
Honda
1.4 D14A8
Petrol Fuel Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Naturally Aspir. Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
1396 cc
Displacement 1588 cc
90 hp
Power 110 hp
120 Nm
Torque 138 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 5 gears
manual gearbox - 5 gears
965 kg
Vehicle weight 1180 kg
11.0 s
Acc. 0-100 10.3 s
182 km/h
Top speed 190 km/h
8.9 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 9.2 l/100km
5.9 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.6 l/100km
7.0 l/100km
Cons. (average) 6.8 l/100km
177 g/km
CO2 emissions 170 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 4 gears
990 kg
Vehicle weight kg
13.7 s
Acc. 0-100 s
172 km/h
Top speed km/h
10.3 l/100km
Cons. (urban) l/100km
6.1 l/100km
Cons. (highway) l/100km
7.6 l/100km
Cons. (average) l/100km
198 g/km
CO2 emissions g/km
Expenses
1200 EUR
Price from 1500 EUR
Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the small family car segment and utilize the same 4-door sedan body style and the front wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific petrol engine choice they offer. The first one has a Honda-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 90hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 110hp engine designed by Rover.

Safety

The fact that the Honda got tested by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), while the other contender didn't, isn't really an advantage, taken the poor 3-star rating it received. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. Both vehicles belong to the small family car segment, which is generally classifying them somewhere in the middle safety-wise, but it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. On the other hand, when it comes to weight, a factor that most people underestimate, the British car offers a considerable difference of 22% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that Honda does have a slight advantage, all the models observed together. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Honda with an average rating of 4.7, and models under the Rover badge with 4.4 out of 5. Some independent research have also placed Civic 37% above average, and 45 those same 37% below the first one. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the Japanese car rank it on average as 4.0 out of 5, exactly the same as the other one.

Performance & Fuel economy

Rover is a bit more agile, reaching 100km/h in 0.7 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 190 kilometers per hour, 8km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, averaging around 6.9 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (41 mpg), in combined cycle.

Verdict

Honda appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In this case though, it seems that both cars show similar levels of passenger protection all together, so that won't break a tie. But one thing that actually could is the performance, with Rover offering somewhat better performance, just enough to call it quicker. To make things even better, it consumps less fuel! No mistake, whatever you decide here, but I'd still go for the Rover. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. I suggest you spend two more minutes in order to find out which car, based on your needs and budget, would be picked by the virtual adviser™, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.
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