Most people believe that rovers are for male drivers over 50 wearing slippers.
Most people by the time they have got to fifty, have driven fords, dreamt and then owned VW's and BMW's, possibly had a vauxhall, a peugeot or some other french/german motor, spending years reducing their insurance premiums in the meantime.
By the time these drivers discover Rovers, (because they were in fact never satisfied with their favourite cars) they have found a vehicle which is not only a comfort to drive (even in slippers (but all good racing drivers wear a similar type of shoe to your Grandad's slippers, thin soled.)) but they have found a car that is fast as well. Most standard Rover's from the early 90's onwards have come with at least a 16valve Twin Cam engine. Where as makes like VW only bothered putting such an engine in it's GTi, making them sound special, but the result is that Slipper Man has the advantage as most Rovers (1.6 litres) will blow apart a VW (1.8 or 2.0).
I know what your thinking, why don't these old dodders tell everybody else about how quick and responsive these cars are, if they're so good. The Truth, after building up a no claims bonus, and finally getting into the cheapest insurance age group, telling all the kids on the street about the car it has taken a life time to find would only increase their premiums. Now do you understand? Of course some of us discovered them earlier.
TELL NO ONE!