When you look at where the MG ZT-T came from, it's amazing that it turned out the way it did. The Rover 75 Tourer is just about as 'pipe and slippers' as modern cars get and yet the taught, aggressive MG shares so much with it. A Rover 75 owner swapping his leisurely Sunday drive in the country for a brisk jaunt in an MG ZT-T would probably be left feeling stunned - as if he'd just smoked his slippers. This effect is tribute to the MG Rover engineers' skill in transforming the classy but lethargic Rover into a performance estate with real menace and an MG badge.
With a ZT-T you are getting a car that's a good 80% Rover 75 Tourer but the 20% injection of MG makes all the difference to the package. The Rover is no bad car, well built and with a refined style of its own, but it's never going to be the keen driver's choice. The ZT-T has the sensible practicality of its stablemate but includes that untamed X-factor to make family outings, shopping trips or even visits to the dump that little bit more of an adventure. Used models are about in good numbers now, changing hands at attractive prices, so here's a rundown of what you need to know to get your hands on a good one.