Car of 1993 rover 600
While the Ford Mondeo focused on volume sales, another debutante showed that Britain could still make a saloon to be proud of – albeit with a little help from Honda, upon whose Accord the stylish new Rover 600 was based.
The new saloon had to not only replace the upper end of the Montego range, but also take on BMW’s E36-generation 3 Series and Mercedes’ new C-class at the premium end of the market. Despite strict technical stipulations from Honda that effectively limited the 600’s development to an external redesign, Richard Woolley’s understated styling gave the new arrival a sufficiently British classiness of its own. It also impressed testers when it was new – our sister magazine Car placed the 620SLi ahead of the BMW 318i, Ford Mondeo and Citroën Xantia in one of its group tests.
Today the 600 is still criminally underrated by the classic world, despite the turbocharged 620Ti in particular being an impressive performer. We reckon the 600 is a brilliant car that’s been overlooked for far too long.