dressed up rover, not too bad, i'd only go for the 160 version but if you do will immediately be slow compared to other hot hatches. but it isn't a slow car. chassis is ok but it is getting on a bit now. a good modifiying base, can improve the handling, set immediate work on the engine to up the power to something more reasonable (say around 200hp). my dad has had one from new (03 plate 160 version) had no trouble apart for the drivers door latch went buggery. of course this is my opinion but not a bad car. what are you looking at (power wise plus and money involved in the swap?)
always looking for those bigger bunches of bananas!