Used MG GS 2016-present review

Category: Large SUV

Section: What is it like?

New MG GS vs Suzuki Vitara
  • New MG GS vs Suzuki Vitara
  • MG GS vs Suzuki Vitara
  • MG GS vs Suzuki Vitara
  • MG GS vs Suzuki Vitara
  • MG GS vs Suzuki Vitara
  • New MG GS vs Suzuki Vitara
  • MG GS vs Suzuki Vitara
  • MG GS vs Suzuki Vitara
  • MG GS vs Suzuki Vitara
  • MG GS vs Suzuki Vitara

What's the used MG GS hatchback like?

For those who are old enough to remember, MG used to exclusively produce sports cars, much like Porsche. Trouble is, there isn’t a huge amount of money in sports cars and what the buying public really demands are SUVs. Porsche relented over a decade ago and added an off-roader to its line-up and so did MG with this, the GS.

A used GS significantly undercuts its rival from Stuttgart on price, and competes with the likes of the Ssangyong Tivoli and Dacia Duster. However, unlike its rivals, you can’t have four-wheel drive with this MG.

The boot is easily big enough for a holiday’s worth of luggage and the standard split-folding rear seats essentially lay down flat. The only issue is the boot opening, which narrows as it gets to the bottom, meaning that you have to be careful when loading items into the back.

Interior quality isn’t stellar, but given the low price of it new, that’s to be expected. The bigger issue is the design of it. The touchscreen infotainment is okay to use, but only top-spec cars have sat-nav and the system doesn’t have Apple CarPlay. MirrorLink is included for Android phones, but it’s not as good as the stand-alone Android Auto application. Then there are the stereo and air-conditioning controls that are grouped together, requiring you to divert your attention from the road because of its confusing layout and small symbols.