UK – CityRover (Tata Indica) voted ‘Top 10 Worst Cars’ over the last 25 years

Posted on: Sep 30, 2013 - 11:20am IST

English weekly publication Auto Express, has recently come out with their list of the ‘Top 10 Worst Cars’ made in the last 25 years. Topping that list is the Rover CityRover, or what we know as the Tata Indica.

Launched by MG Rover in the UK in 2003, the CityRover was basically an Indica with a different badge, grille and a few feature additions for the European market. The hatchback was positioned in the ‘Supermini’ segment with prices starting from GBP 7,000 (INR 7.07 lakhs).

Rover CityRover
The Rover CityRover was launched in 2003 and discontinued in 2005.

However, by April 2005, production ceased and the CityRover was discontinued. The publication notes that the car was poorly received from its launch and the build quality did not meet expectations.

In his recently launched book titled “Jewels In The Crown: How Tata of India transformed Britain’s Jaguar and Land Rover”, popular English auto-journalist, Ray Hutton, says –

Turning the Indica into the CityRover was a rush job – and it showed. Dr. V Sumantran, the car engineering chief at what had become Tata Motors, understood the requirements (he had recently joined Tata from a senior post at General Motors in Europe) but the problem was fundamental: quality standards accepted by Indian first-time buyers were not high enough for Europe, and changing details such as springs and dampers, tyres, seat covers and floor mats was not sufficient.

Other cars in this list include the Daihatsu Move, Mitsubishi Carisma, Suzuki X-90, Renault Avantime and the Chrysler PT Cruiser convertible.

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5 thoughts on “UK – CityRover (Tata Indica) voted ‘Top 10 Worst Cars’ over the last 25 years

  1. Prashant says:

    Despite having these criticisms, this car has following achievements in UK
    – the upgraded 2005 version city rover was chosen in 2006 to be used as the reconnaissance vehicle for the 2007 Himalayan Challenge Endurance Rally. With only minor modifications, the car was driven over the 7,000-mile (11,000 km) planned route from London to Delhi without any major problems, including crossing significant distances of desert and a number of mountain ranges.
    – Ten years after the first ever City Rover in 2003, it is still listed in the top 100 most reliable cars on the reliability-index list

    1. Prashant says:

      Go on Tata Motors.. You made Indian Proud by saving JLR..

      Now its turn to take TATA Motors globally..

  2. DrPSReddy says:

    Nothing much need to be discussed about this post. It is a fact that is was a hurry move to save the Rover.
    For India, Indica was a successful car then as it was a premature car market. So there is no point in pondering as other car maker with more than 40-50 years experience too list here.

  3. Antony says:

    TATA, Daihatsu, Mitsubishi, Suzuki , Renault and Chrysler- That is elite company !!!
    I don’t think TATA needs to be worried. They are moving on the right track

  4. Achyuth Vaibhav says:

    Expected Thing!!


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