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MG F Convertible review

1995 - 2002 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 53.0

At a glance

Price new £15,360 - £22,570
Road tax cost £320 - £395
Insurance group 24 - 33
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 352 - 418 miles
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Available fuel types


Pros & cons


Styling, handling, brand heritage


Dated interior, patchy build quality

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


Rover knew they were onto a winner when they designed the MGF. It revived that famous octagonal badge, was fun to drive, and it cashed in on a demand for affordable soft-top motoring that had been re-kindled by the Mazda MX-5. Too good to be true? Partly. In pre-BMW days, the Rover’s MG division had a limited research and development budget, which meant that the 200 and Metro donated switchgear, parts… and faults.

Build quality on early cars was indifferent and MG dealers were thinly spread – not all Rover franchises handled MGs. Later cars – especially from V and W onwards – improved a great deal (although interiors still look thrown together), there’s now a unified Rover/MG dealer network. The MGTF, launched in February 2002, seems to be well-built and is a better drive, but more expensive.