MG Rover is pinning big hopes on a small car: the CityRover. Built in India by Tata Motors, it gives dealers a product to sell in the entry-level segment. But CityRover faces stiff competition from the all-new Fiat Panda. Initially the battle will be in the UK. MG Rover won't introduce left-hand-drive versions until later this year.
Analysts praise the CityRover for its strong engine and good interior space, but complain about its interior design and finish and say the price is too high. Based on the Tata Indica small car introduced in 1998, the CityRover has a starting price of £6,495 (E9,495) and goes up to £8,895. Fiat's new Panda, a more modern design, starts at £6,895.