Step inside the GS and you are quickly reminded of the bargain-basement price. Top-spec models may get leather and piano-black trim, plus a decent-sized touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav, but they don’t distract you from the low-rent feel of the materials employed by MG.
We were unable to find anything but hard, scratchy plastic on the dash, doors and centre console. It will probably prove durable enough, but it’s a far cry from the plusher interiors of most rivals.
The centre console is also behind the times, with a mess of buttons sitting just below the infotainment screen. While you could get used to their location in time, we found ourselves having to look down far too often to hit the control we needed.
The infotainment system in Excite and Exclusive models may offer a large 8.0in touchscreen, but it looks quite basic compared with rival systems and offers less functionality. Although MirrorLink is included, this is only compatible with Android phones and isn’t as good as the Android Auto application. Explore models get no screen at all – just a radio.
Those with iPhones will find there’s no Apple CarPlay, only basic controls for your phone and music through the infotainment software. Still, at least the sat-nav (on range-topping Exclusive only) is easy enough to follow, the menus are clear and there’s little to no lag between pressing the screen and the system responding.