MG Rover’s first city car since the 1997 demise of the Rover 100/Metro hits the showrooms this month with prices starting at £6495.
The Indian-built CityRover features four trim levels, all powered by an 84bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine offering sprightly performance with 0-60mph dash in 11.9sec and a 100mph top speed.
Standard equipment on all models includes driver airbag, three-year/60,000-mile warranty and six-year anti-perforation cover. All but the base Solo model feature power steering, 60:40 split folding rear seats, remote central locking and CD player.
For £7895 there is the sporty Sprite or more luxurious air-conditioned Select, while the range-topping £8895 Style adds anti-lock brakes and passenger airbag. Just two solid paint schemes are offered, so most will have to opt for £295 optional metallic finish.
Closest rival to the Solo is Daihatsu’s talented £6495 Charade 1.0 EL five-door, which loses out to the CityRover’s 220-litre boot and is shaded in performance, but adds power steering, passenger airbag and improved economy. MG Rover quotes combined consumption of 37.9mpg to the Charade’s impressive 55.4.