Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
This is where the MG HS really comes into its own. Despite being a similar size to the Mazda CX-5, the cheapest version is actually cheaper than the far smaller VW T-Roc. The top-spec Exclusive model costs about the same as an entry-level Citroën C5 Aircross and less than a Peugeot 5008.
The Plug-in model is also cheap, but the gap between it and the all-round better Ford Kuga PHEV isn't quite as big. Most manufacturers give far bigger discounts than MG, so it’s worth checking out our free What Car? New Car Deals pages for current savings on the HS and its rivals.
We'd happily recommend sticking with Excite and maximising the HS's value, but top-spec Exclusive trim has merit, featuring ambient interior lighting, a powered tailgate, a panoramic sunroof and the LED headlights.
If you’re thinking of running an HS as a company car, bear in mind that the petrol's official CO2 emissions are on the high side so it's in the top 37% benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax bracket. The HS’s low P11D price will go some way to offsetting that, though. However, the Plug-in is in the 11% tax band, which makes it a much more competitive company car proposition.
Officially, the 1.5 T-GDi petrol averages around 37mpg, which isn't terrible but trails the 1.2 Puretech petrol Peugeot 5008. In our tests simulating real-world driving, the HS 1.5 T-GDi manual managed a respectable 33.7mpg, which wasn't too far behind the 2.0-litre CX-5 and 1.2-litre C5 Aircross.
The Plug-in will officially average 155.8mpg, but that's unrealistic in the real world unless you mainly run on power from the battery, which, by the way, takes 3hrs to charge (from empty to full) from a 7kW home wallbox.
Every HS has automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane-keeping assistance, blind-spot monitoring, automatic high beam assist and even a rear cross-traffic alert system. Such a long list of crash-mitigation kit as standard is all but unheard of at this price point.
That standard safety equipment helped to give the MG HS a full five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating. There were some noteworthy weaknesses with adult chest protection and child head protection in a crash and, overall, the C5 Aircross, 5008, CX-5 and Toyota RAV4 proved themselves to be safer cars.