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  • Launched in 2020
  • Crossover
  • Petrol
  • Launch year
    2020
  • Body type
    Crossover
  • Fuel type
    Petrol

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Affordable yet likeable family SUV

Best bits

  • Upmarket cabin is at odds with the downmarket price
  • Lots of standard equipment, particularly on high-spec Exclusive models
  • Transferable seven-year/80,000-mile warranty

Not so great

  • Only one engine on offer - and it’s not that special
  • Boot isn’t as big as rivals
  • Harder to find than a Kia Sportage or Skoda Karoq

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Overall verdict

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Overall verdict on the MG HS

"For the price of an MG HS, you could forgive it a long list of flaws. But that won’t be necessary as, even putting its tremendous value for money to one side, it’s still a very strong alternative to the Skoda Karoq and Peugeot 3008. Its boot isn’t the biggest, the engine is coarse and rivals like the SEAT Ateca are better to drive, but there’s a lot going for the MG HS."

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MG’s been a bit ‘hit and miss’ since it re-emerged as a Chinese budget brand. Its first car, the MG 6, was a bit of a disaster - a poor excuse of a car in a market that was in rapid decline. The MG 3’s better - a likeable little hatchback that undercuts the competition in terms of price and, in many ways, quality (although it was vastly improved in 2018).


In 2016, MG thought it was onto a winner with the GS. This was a car that expected to break into the competitive Nissan Qashqai market - yet it failed miserably. A harsh ride, nasty interior and limited engine line-up was to blame. So here we are for take two, with the HS.


MG quietly binned off the GS after a few years on sale, and this model has taken its place. Badged the MG HS, this is a car that will compete directly with the Dacia Duster and SsangYong Korando, while undercutting mainstream competition like the Peugeot 3008 and Skoda Karoq.


The interior is leagues ahead of the old MG GS. It feels genuinely well-made, especially in top-spec Exclusive trim where you’ll find opulent leather trim and an interior that looks a bit like a cut-price Mercedes-Benz. It’s a spacious cabin, too, with big comfortable seats in the front. 


There’s plenty of useful storage areas, and you can fit three adults in the back with more comfort than you would in a lot of rivals. The rear seats even recline for an extra touch of luxury. Unfortunately, the boot isn’t quite as big as rivals like the Peugeot 3008 and SEAT Ateca, but it’s bigger than you’d find a conventional family hatchback like the Ford Focus. The rear seats drop, too, should you need more space.


The engine line-up is limited to, well, just the one. It’s a 1.5-litre petrol engine that isn’t as quick as similarly-sized engines used elsewhere. It does the job, although it lacks refinement if you work it hard. For that reason, we’d recommend buying an HS with the automatic gearbox and taking it steady. Also, the auto ’box is very good.


The MG HS isn’t a sporty choice but it’s very comfortable on broken road surfaces. It copes with broken roads very well indeed, even though most will come with 18-inch alloy wheels. Around town, the MG HS is an easy car to manoeuvre, particularly as all but the cheapest models come with a reversing camera and parking sensors.


Ultimately, the MG HS isn’t perfect. But what would you expect for a car that’s significantly cheaper than mainstream rivals? It’s certainly much better than the old GS and, arguably, the best MG of recent years. Chuck in a long warranty that can be transferred to subsequent owners, and it could be a stonker of a used car purchase.


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MG Hs

1.5 T-GDI Exclusive 5dr DCT

  • 2020
  • 10,017 miles
  • Richard Hardie Silverlink
  • Tyne and Wear, NE289ND
Price:£19,999
PCP: £351.22/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £351.22, Customer Deposit: £2,999.00, Total Deposit: £2,999.85, Optional Final Payment: £8,777.25, Total Charge For Credit: £4,070.80, Total Amount Payable: £24,069.80, Representative APR: 10.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 5.31%, Excess Mileage Charge: 10.6ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

MG Hs

1.5 T-GDI PHEV Exclusive 5dr Auto

  • 2021
  • 1,870 miles
  • Perrys MG Huddersfield
  • Yorkshire, HD16AP
Price:£26,994
PCP: £417.45/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 37 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £417.45, Customer Deposit: £4,049.00, Total Deposit: £4,049.10, Optional Final Payment: £11,497.00, Total Charge For Credit: £3,580.30, Total Amount Payable: £30,574.30, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 3.53%, Excess Mileage Charge: 15ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the MG HS right for you?

If you’re happy to look beyond the badge, the MG HS is a very good car. It represents excellent value for money, with an interior that punches well above its weight in terms of quality. It’s got a spacious cabin, with space for three people in the back - although the boot isn’t as big as some rivals.


The 1.5 petrol engine will be a stumbling block for some buyers. If you cover lots of miles, we’d recommend a diesel - and you’ll have to look elsewhere for one of those. It’s also not as quick as its 162PS suggests, while rivals like the SEAT Ateca and Peugeot 3008 are more fun to drive.

What’s the best MG HS model/engine to choose?

This is an easy one. There’s only one engine for now: a 1.5-litre petrol, although there is a plug-in hybrid on its way. If you cover lots of short journeys and can charge a vehicle at home (i.e. you’ve got a home charger or, at the very least, a garage with power), this might be worth waiting for. It’ll be a while before they start dripping down onto the used market, though.


In terms of trim level, the mid-range Excite represents good value for money and comes with all the desirable features - including navigation, DAB radio and a reversing camera. Having said that, the posh Exclusive model often doesn’t cost that much more on the used market, and it feels genuinely upmarket. Highlights include leather seats, a panoramic sunroof and a better sound system. 


What other cars are similar to the MG HS?

The MG HS is a budget alternative to family crossover SUVs like the Skoda Karoq, Kia Sportage, SEAT Ateca, Peugeot 3008, Nissan Qashqai… you get the idea. 


But its generous dimensions means it also competes with larger rivals like the Honda CR-V. Toyota RAV4 and Skoda Kodiaq, even if it greatly undercuts them on price. Similarly affordable alternatives range from the very competent SsangYong Korando to the budget favourite, the Dacia Duster.


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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Is the MG HS a good car?

The MG HS isn’t perfect and has its flaws, but it's also significantly cheaper than mainstream rivals which gives it big appeal. In fact it's the best MG of recent years and with a long warranty, it makes for a sound buy.

Russell Campbell

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Russell Campbell

How reliable is the MG HS?

Reports of major problems with MG HS models are rare, although that's likely down to the fact it hasn't been on sale for very long and there aren't many on the roads. MG as a brand performed well in the 2020 Honest John Satisfaction Index, finishing in 16th place ahead of Mazda, Kia and Volkswagen.

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Where is the MG HS built?

The MG HS is built in China at the SAIC Motor Fujian plant in Mindong on the coast of the East China Sea. It is also built in Thailand at the SAIC factory in Laem Chabang.

David Ross

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Who makes the engines for MG cars?

The 1.5-litre petrol engine in the MG is a joint development with General Motors and SAIC, as are all current MG engines. The same engine block is used in a variety of cars including the Vauxhall Adam.

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