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New MG GS SUV to cost from Β£14,995

MG's first ever SUV model will go on sale in the UK this month, with prices starting from Β£14,995

Words ByDarren Moss

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MG's first SUV model will take on the likes of the Nissan Qashqai, Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai Tucson when it goes on sale in the UK this month.

What is it?

The new MG GS was officially unveiled at the London motor show earlier this summer, and sits alongside the MG 3 hatchback and MG 6 saloon in MG's UK line-up. The car's styling remains close to the MG CS concept of 2013, which first hinted at MG's SUV plans. Its dimensions make the GS marginally longer, wider and taller than a Nissan Qashqai.

What engines can I choose from?

MG has confirmed the car will come with a 1.5-litre petrol engine with around 168bhp, and will be available with both manual and automatic gearbox options. A more powerful 217bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine is also likely to be offered, as well as a 1.9-litre diesel engine with 148bhp.

Buyers should be able to choose between front-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models.

What equipment does it come with?

No pictures of the UK car's interior have yet been shown, but it's likely to feature the same equipment and technology - including a touchscreen infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay functionality. We can also expect the GS to come with many of the options SUV buyers want - including a rear-facing parking camera, parking sensors and climate control.

Thus far, MG has confirmed the GS will be offered with three trim levels, dubbed Explore, Excite and Exclusive.

How much does it cost?

MG wants to be competitive in what is already a crowded market, which is why the GS significantly undercuts its rivals with a starting price of just Β£14,995 in the UK. The Nissan Qashqai, by comparison, costs from Β£18,545, while more expensive rivals such as the Mazda CX-5 are priced from over Β£23,000.

Even range-topping versions of the GS with an automatic gearbox come in at just under Β£21,000, meaning MG's first SUV is undoubtedly one of the cheapest options in this market.

By comparison, the current MG 3 and 6 models are priced from Β£8399 and Β£13,995 respectively.

How good are its rivals?

One of the GS's key rivals is the Nissan Qashqai, which we named as our Small SUV of the Year at the most recent What Car? Awards. The Qashqai is a tough rival to beat, so the GS will have to bring a mixture of affordability and practicality to the table.