You don’t have to drive the GS very far to feel how firm the ride is. Even on a smooth piece of road, you always feel like you’re moving up and down in your seat. Get to a rougher stretch and it actually becomes uncomfortable.
Despite the GS's stiffness, it doesn’t corner any more flatly than the far more comfortable Nissan Qashqai. The GS certainly isn’t downright terrible, but you do feel some body lean on a twisty road.
The steering helps, though, because it’s well weighted and it’s easy to place the front of the GS precisely. The gearchange is pleasant enough, offering slick if slightly long shifts; unfortunately, an engine that holds onto revs far too readily spoils this. To make a smooth change, you need to come off the accelerator and consciously wait for the revs to fall before shifting into the next gear.
As for the engine itself, it needs working hard to deliver its best. Unlike other small turbo petrols, this MG unit doesn’t feel its strongest until you hit around 3000rpm. Get past 5000rpm and it starts to feel very strained. If you’re not in a hurry, though, the engine is quieter when accelerating gently and cruising.