New MG6 driven - What is it?

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  • MG rival to Ford Focus
  • Price £15,495-£18,995
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What is it?
MG's first all-new car for 16 years, and a rival to small family hatchbacks such as the Ford Focus and Skoda Octavia.

The 6 is based on the Roewe 550, a Chinese-market saloon from MG's owner, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC). However, most of the design and engineering development for both models was carried out in the UK, and the 6 will be assembled at MG's factory in Birmingham.

What's it like to drive?
MG has always had a sporty image, and the 6 lives up to this with fine body control and plenty of grip. True, the steering could do with a little more feel around the straight ahead, but it weights up reassuringly as you turn into bends.

The steering is less impressive during low-speed manoeuvres, requiring quite a bit of muscle. On top of that, you don't get much feel through the clutch pedal so it's a bit too easy to stall the engine.

Whatever your speed, though, the ride is always on the acceptable side of firm.

Only one engine is on offer at launch, the turbocharged 1.8-litre petrol producing 158bhp and offering good in-gear flexibility.

Unfortunately, there's some noise in the cabin at low revs, and the engine gets raucous above about 3500rpm.

Road noise also intrudes over coarse surfaces, but wind noise is well controlled at all times.

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