MG HS 1.5 T-GDI Excite 5dr Review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
manual
Doors:
5 doors
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RRP £21,110What Car? Target Price£20,504
Review

Not only does the MG HS offer excellent value for money and lots of equipment, it also has a classy interior and decent performance from the 1.5 T-GDi petrol engine – if you’re prepared to work it. The downsides are its infotainment system is laggy, its engine rather coarse at times and the boot isn't big by class standards. Still, the HS petrol is well worth considering. The Plug-in model feels the least polished and isn't as good value compared with the much better Ford Kuga PHEV.

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Even entry-level Excite trim gives you such niceties as leather seats, adaptive cruise control with steering assist (auto only), keyless entry and start, automatic headlights and wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, power-folding door mirrors, alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, a six-way-adjustable electric driver's seat and dual-zone climate control. The infotainment system includes a 10.1in touchscreen, a DAB radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto and sat-nav. That's enough for us, so it's our pick.

The MG HS’s 1.5-litre petrol engine is flexible enough in normal driving, but the smaller 1.2-litre petrol in the Citroën C5 Aircross picks up quicker from low revs. That said, the HS is actually pretty brisk when you work the engine really hard, chalking up a 9.0sec 0-60mph time on our damp test track. It can be quite coarse when you rev it but drive it carefully and it can do a respectable 34mpg in the real world.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH9.9 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxMANUAL
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

37.9

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

463

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

168

g/km

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