3.5 out of 5 3.5
Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Range-topping MG SUV big on value, and now available as a plug-in hybrid

MG HS SUV (19 on) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £20,995 - £24,995
Lease from new From £243 p/m View lease deals
Used price £13,210 - £21,480
Used monthly cost From £330 per month
Fuel Economy 36.2 - 37.2 mpg
Road tax cost £150
Insurance group 16 - 18 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Roomy
  • Comfortable
  • Well equipped
  • Keenly priced

CONS

  • Slow in standard form
  • Lifeless handling
  • Noisy engine when pushed
  • Some hard plastics

MG HS SUV rivals

Written by Keith Adams on

MG’s range-topper is a family-sized SUV designed to compete with a wide range of big-selling cars, ranging from the Mazda CX-5, Kia Sportage, Skoda Karoq and Nissan Qashqai to the Dacia Duster and SsangYong Korando.

Under the skin it uses some components shared with other products from its vast Chinese parent company, SAIC, but the HS is an all-new car aimed primarily at Britain and other right-hand-drive markets. It's offered in petrol and plug-in hybrid forms. Want diesel? Go elsewhere.

Developed at Longbridge – the old MG Rover factory in the Midlands – but built in China, the MG HS PHEV’s priced to undercut the key rivals, but comes better equipped as standard, in terms of both infotainment and electronic safety equipment.

MG makes no great claims for its performance for the standard MG HS. And despite a hint of ruggedness to its styling, it’s not meant for off-roading, with no 4x4 version offered in the UK. The petrol engine – a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder – drives the front wheels via a choice of six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed dual-clutch auto.

The plug-in hybrid adds a 16.6kWh battery pack and a 90kW electric motor to that 1.5-litre petrol engine. Combined plug-in hybrid power leaps to 257hp and 370Nm of torque.

There are three trim levels – Explore, Excite, Exclusive. Explore is not available with the DCT gearbox. The combination of Exclusive trim and DCT also brings driving motors not otherwise available, plus a more advanced form of cruise control.

There’s not much performance on offer in the petrol version, and if you try to push it to its limits it gets noisy and harsh. So best to enjoy the comfort, practicality and decent fuel economy, with a WLTP figure of 37.2mpg.

The PHEV puts in more impressive on-paper figures. The 0–60mph time drops to 6.9 seconds and gives you a pure-electric range of 32 miles. MG says the HS PHEV will achieve 155.8mpg and 43g/km of CO2 in WLTP testing.

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the MG HS including its practicality, comfort, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

MG HS SUV rivals