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Rover 200 Series Overview

The Rover 200 series is a set of Rover branded compact cars which were produced by the British car manufacturing company Rover Group. Rover has changed hands many times over the years, including: Austin Rover, Rover Group and MG Rover. The 200 series was replaced with the Rover 25 in 1999, not long after BMW took over Rover. The last in the 200 series look quite sporty, are good to drive and cheap to buy, but were known for their reliability issues.

Rover 200 Series History

The Rover 200 (1984-89) SD3 model was the first vehicle of the 200 series to be produced. It was a replacement for the Triumph Acclaim and came as a 4-door saloon. It was a mixed venture by British Leyland and Honda and was sold as the Rover 213 and 216, with their 1.3 and 1.6L engines respectively.

The second version R8 (1989-95) was the first Rover to be produced by the Rover group and was also known as the Mark II Rover 200. It appeared as a 5-door hatchback and was also designed in conjunction with Honda. There was a lot more engines made available in this range of the 200 series. The car received a makeover in the early 90’s, going with the more common Rover grille.

The Rover 200 R3 model (1995-99) was the last of the 200 series to bear this name before being replaced by the Rover 25 in 2000. This was a new design, designed solely by Rover and making the vehicle smaller than its predecessor as Rover looked to replace the aging Metro. It was marketed as a supermini car.


200 Saloon (1984-90)
200 Cabriolet (1992-99)
200 Coupe (1992-99)
200 Hatchback (1992-2000) was available in many trims:
Special Edition

Fuel Economy

Across the different generations of the Rover 200 series were a variety of different available engines: 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0 petrol and 1.8, 1.9 and 2.0L diesel. The most economical of this range is the 220 diesel which offers up to 50mpg. Remember to take into consideration the age, fuel type and engine size when determining fuel economy.


The available gearboxes across this ranger were the 5-speed manual and 3 and 4 speed automatic gearboxes. There is a section of the Breakeryard website dedicated to Rover gearbox parts at competitive prices.


There are many different parts available for the Rover 200 Series at Breakeryard. Our vast network of UK Breakers has these parts at hand waiting for your order, and at very competitive prices. Visit the 200 series parts page or enter your vehicle details in our part finder.