Review: MG GS (2016 – 2019)


SUV from MG, chain cam engine, well equipped at an affordable price.

Still question marks over MG quality. MGs no longer assembled in UK.

MG GS (2016 – 2019): At A Glance

The GS is MG's first crossover and the Nissan Qashqai-sized car will be joined by a second more compact crossover. Both launched in the UK in 2016.

The MG GS is already on sale in China but was designed and engineered by the SMTC UK Technical Centre at Longbridge. 

In its home market, the GS is powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine with 220PS.

UK market MG GS models initially come with a 166PS/250Nm 1.5 litre petrol engine, no diesel at first.

Priced from £14,995 rising to £20,995 which puts it in Suzuki Vitara territory. DCT auto available.

Best seen as an alternative to the Ssangyong Tivoli and maybe the Dacia Duster, both of which have been available with diesel engines from launch. Starting prices considerably lower than Nissan Qashqai and Renault Kadjar.

MG GS 2016 Road Test 

What does a MG GS (2016 – 2019) cost?

List Price from £15,100
Buy new from £14,734
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Real MPG average for a MG GS (2016 – 2019)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance


Real MPG

33–41 mpg

MPGs submitted


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What have we been asked about the MG GS (2016 – 2019)?

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Will the battery go flat if I stow away my MG GS for a month?

Will my MG GS be okay being stowed away for a month or will the battery go flat and will I lose the radio code?
It should be okay for a month, if you take it for a 20+ mile daytime run the day before you stow it away.
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