What's the used MG HS hatchback like?
That sounds intriguing, but it must be a red flag for quality issues, right? Well, not quite, because this is a surprisingly plush, polished and well-rounded car, despite its extremely reasonable prices.
However, if you do crave more, there’s Exclusive. On top of the Excite's long list of features, it gets diamond-cut alloy wheels, LED headlights, heated and electrically adjustable sports front seats, two-tone leather upholstery, ambient lighting, a panoramic roof and an electric tailgate.
The non-PHEV HS’s suspension strikes a good balance between ride comfort and handling prowess. The ride isn’t quite pillow-soft, but it takes the sting out of most potholes. It deals pretty well with undulating road surfaces too, with only a small amount of float occasionally.
It has less body lean and better-weighted steering than some roly-poly rivals, such as the Citroën C5 Aircross – although we should mention that that car is more comfortable. The HS’s brake pedal is easy to modulate, whether in start-stop traffic or pulling up from higher speeds.
The PHEV is a different animal. While the ride is still mostly smooth over gentler bumps and is settled at motorway speeds, there's a fair thump when you hit something sharper or more substantial. The extra weight of the battery affects the handling, with significantly more body lean and less grip.
Usually if a car’s been made to fit a modest budget, its interior will show it, but the HS’s interior doesn’t appear cheap at all. Overall, it’s almost on par with pricier rivals including the Mazda CX-5 and Peugeot 5008.