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 £17,595
Buy new from £17,166

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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My 2017 MG has excessive pitting on the rear discs - is this covered under warranty?

When starting my 2017 MG GS from cold the rear pads do not seem to disengage fully resulting in a rubbing/grinding noise until they warm up. I have told I now have excessive pitting on my disks. Can I claim under warranty for this?
I think MG will put this down to fair wear and tear. Excessive pitting on the discs are usually caused by the vehicle being parked up for long periods or used for lots of short trips. Over time, surface rust develops on the surface of the discs and causes corrosion that eats into the metal. You might want to consider having the discs cleaned when the vehicle gets its annual service.
Answered by Dan Powell
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