MG HS Review 2023
MG HS At A Glance
On average it achieves 0% of the official MPG figure
The MG HS is an affordable family SUV which doesn't feel like a budget option. It's cheaper than a Skoda Karoq or Nissan Qashqai, despite being closer in size to a Ford Kuga or Honda CR-V. Read our full MG HS review to find out if you should spend your money on this cut-price SUV.
It's fair to say that MG has had a rocky start under Chinese ownership, with models like the MG 6 and MG GS falling wide of the mark. It's finally starting to make a name for itself as an appealing budget brand, though, with generous levels of standard equipment as well as an impressive seven-year warranty.
MG's line-up today consists of the MG 3 hatchback, the MG ZS small SUV and the electric-only MG 5 EV. The biggest car in the line-up is this, the MG HS. As we touched upon above, rivals range from popular models like the Kia Sportage and Peugeot 3008, to slightly bigger SUVs like the Toyota RAV4 and Citroen C5 Aircross.
You can't buy the MG HS with a diesel engine, which is quite a statement in itself. Instead, buyers get the choice of an underwhelming 1.5-litre petrol (officially it packs 162PS but it couldn't pull a skin off a rice pudding) or a punchier plug-in hybrid.
By combining the petrol engine with an electric motor, the MG HS PHEV provides surprisingly rapid acceleration. It's the 32-mile electric range that most buyers will be more interested in, though, while its sub-50g/km CO2 figure will make it appealing to company car drivers.
Inside, the MG HS has a spacious interior with a high seating position. It doesn't feel quite as posh as a Volkswagen Tiguan, but it's a lot better finished than the old MG GS. There were initially three trim levels available in the MG HS range: Explore, Excite and Exclusive. This has now been slimmed down to just the two, Excite and Exclusive. All are well equipped for the money, with the mid-spec MG HS Excite featuring navigation, a reversing camera and 18-inch alloy wheels.
MG HS prices start from less than £21,500, which is very competitive for an SUV of this size. Even the plug-in hybrid is relatively affordable, priced from around £32,500. When you consider how much physical car you get for the money, that's a modern day SUV bargain. And, unlike some MG models of old, the MG HS doesn't represent too much of a compromise, either.
Looking for a second opinion? Take a read of heycar's MG HS review.