MG GS review

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18 Oct 2016 13:48 | Last updated: 23 Aug 2018 11:19

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The MG GS was the first SUV the Chinese-owned brand made and it's a big step away from the sports cars that the old MG famously produced for decades. Instead, this budget SUV is a rival for the likes of the Dacia Duster and Ssangyong Tivoli.

Not that the GS is a total departure from its roots. If its maker is to be believed, the GS is plenty of fun to drive, helped by a surprisingly powerful 164bhp 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Although MG does have a diesel engine that would fit under the GS's bonnet, there are no immediate plans to offer that. There are no plans to offer four-wheel drive, either, although that’s unlikely to be an issue for most buyers.

So is it fun to drive, and how does it compare with its budget SUV rivals? Read on over the next few pages for our full verdict.

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There are 3 trims available for the GS hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
Entry-level trim comes with a headline-grabbing starting price, but the strange spec means we’d spend a little more on Excite trim. Things such as automatic headlights, electric windows and air-con...View trim
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This is probably the sweet spot of the range. It adds cruise control, Bluetooth, DAB radio, MirrorLink, a rear camera and an 8.0in colour touchscreen to Explore’s list. It's everything you need and...View trim
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The range-topper, but not particularly recommendable given its higher price pushes the GS closer to its better rivals. Adds luxuries such as electric door mirrors, leather seats and sat-nav, but we...View trim
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