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MG GS review

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

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Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The GS has a headline-grabbing starting price but, naturally, this is restricted to the entry-level trim. The trouble is, the entry-level Explore has a strange spec. These models get things such as automatic headlights, electric windows and air-con, yet Bluetooth and remote locking aren't standard. Strange.

We’d spend a little extra on Excite, which is far more recommendable. This trim adds cruise control, Bluetooth, DAB radio, MirrorLink, a rear camera and an 8.0in colour touchscreen to the Explore model’s list – this is everything you need and more. The range-topping Exclusive pushes the GS's price closer to its better rivals. This trim adds luxuries such as electric door mirrors, leather seats and sat-nav, but we’d stick with Excite.

Also hindering the GS is its single engine option. It’s a relatively powerful petrol unit and doesn’t have as great CO2 emissions or fuel economy when compared with petrol versions of cars such as the Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage, Seat Ateca or Skoda Karoq. Add in the fact that the GS won’t hold onto its value as well as these rivals and it's difficult to justify for private or company car buyers.

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Verdict

The MG GS is good value and relatively spacious, but its refinement and cheap-feeling interior let it down

  • Inexpensive to buy
  • Spacious interior
  • Poor ride
  • Cheap-feeling trim
  • Rough diesel engine
There are 3 trims available for the GS hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
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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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