The interior layout, fit and finish
A low starting price often implies rough edges and cut corners, but there’s actually an awful lot to like about the HS’s interior. MG has made a real effort to lift its quality beyond that of the woeful GS, and it really shows. Our test car’s steering wheel was wrapped in tactile, perforated leather, the switches work with a pleasing precision and there are huge swathes of soft-touch plastic and faux leather on the dashboard and doors. In terms of interior finish, the HS gets awfully close to the impressive Mazda CX-5 and tops the Peugeot 5008.
We found it hard to fault the driving position, too. There’s a decent amount of adjustment for the seat and steering wheel, and all models get adjustable lumbar support for the driver. We found the seats comfortable after a couple of hours behind the wheel, although we’ve only sampled the leather chairs found in top-spec Exclusive models so far.
Visibility is, for the most part, good, with relatively narrow windscreen pillars, big side windows and a decent-sized rear window. Only the low-mounted rear-view mirror proves problematic for taller drivers. To make your life even easier, mid-spec Excite models and up get rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera, while all trims get the blindspot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems we mentioned earlier.
It’s not all good news, though. Although the 10.1in infotainment touchscreen isn’t too tricky to navigate and even has a couple of physical shortcut buttons, we found it to be frustratingly laggy in use. Still, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity is standard on all models, while sat-nav and a DAB radio appear on Excite trim and above. It’s also worth pointing out that the climate control and heated seat controls are accessed via the infotainment screen, making them fiddly to adjust on the move.