The hallmark of the finer luxury car is the effortless ease with which it meets the most demanding situations; a quality which you soon come to appreciate in the exclusive Rover 825i. With the phenomenal power of the V6 engine delivered with uncanny quietness and untemperamental flexibility through four-speed automatic transmission, and with the benefit of speed-proportional power steering, this is a car which is equally at home on a fast-moving autobahn or in the most crowded rush hour.
The Rover 825i handles a full complement of passengers and luggage with special ease, thanks to the self-levelling rear suspension which is fitted as standard. You won’t need to worry about headlamp alignment with a full load, and both ride comfort and roadholding will remain at their impeccable best, with rear struts using road-generated energy to pump themselves back up to the correct ride height.
With distinctive touches of style including a bright grille and body colour door mirrors, the Rover 825i offers a wealth of additional refinements. A subtle windscreen shade band filters the midday sun, and in poor weather, power wash keeps the headlamps clear of mud and spray. The instrument panel includes a comprehensive vehicle map to keep you in touch with every important function of the car, warning you if a door is open, for instance, and even reminding you to top up the washer fluid. When you want to monitor business trips to the last mile and check your fuel consumption, for example, the multi-function trip computer is at your service.
Photo at top of page: Rover 825i with optional alloy wheels.
Business, however, takes second place to luxury in these elegant surroundings, Burr walnut inserts, handcrafted in matched sets, grace the doors, and the seats – with map pockets providing useful stowage in the rear – are trimmed in soft diagonal velvet. Door-mounted lamps guide passengers into the car, whilst directional rear reading lamps allow those in the back to take their turn at route planning.
However, you may find that this one task is left up to the driver. With each of the rear seats reclining comfortably to a slumber position, the Rover 825i’s passengers are more likely to quietly dream away those long .and restful journeys.
You can choose from a comprehensive list of options which include anti-lock braking, air conditioning, leather seat facings and electric glass sunroof.
Top right picture: Reclining rear seats.
Above LH picture: Burr walnut inserts.
Above RH picture: In-car entertainment, trip computer and vehicle map.