3.9 out of 5 3.9
Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

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

MG HS SUV (19 on) - rated 3.9 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £21,495 - £32,595
Lease from new From £237 p/m View lease deals
Used price £13,665 - £27,195
Used monthly cost From £341 per month
Fuel Economy 36.6 - 155.8 mpg
Road tax cost £145 - £155
Insurance group 16 - 28 How much is it to insure?
New

PROS

  • Roomy and practical interior
  • Comfortable seats and ride
  • Well equipped with loads of kit
  • Great value for money

CONS

  • Unresponsive, noisy engine
  • Uninspiring handling
  • Some hard interior plastics
  • Less than amazing finance deals

MG HS SUV rivals

Written by Keith Adams on

MG’s range-topping car is a family-sized SUV designed to compete with a wide range of big-selling cars, and priced to undercut them all. Under the skin it uses some components shared with other products from its vast Chinese parent company, but the HS is aimed primarily at Britain and other right-hand-drive markets. 

Developed in Longbridge – the site of the old MG Rover factory in Birmingham – but built in China, the MG HS comes well equipped as standard, in terms of both infotainment and electronic safety equipment.

It's an interesting challenge finding rivals for the MG HS, because you either end up looking at similarly-sized SUVs such as the Mazda CX-5, Kia Sportage, Skoda Karoq, Renault Kadjar and Nissan Qashqai or those that you can buy for a roughly equivalent cash price, like a top-end Dacia Duster or SsangYong Korando. The first thing that should be said in this review is that in cash terms, the MG HS is cheap and cheerful, it has been designed to meet the standards set by the aforementioned rivals from Mazda, Kia, Skoda, Renault and Nissan, and on that basis, it stands up very well.

What's it like inside and under the skin?

The interior is leagues ahead of the smaller MG ZS in terms of quality and design, and comes very equipped, too. Nice-to-have tech includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and sat-nav are available in higher models, but the large central screen and user-friendly interface is standard across the range.

There are just two engines available – a 1.5-litre petrol turbo and a plug-in hybrid that adds a battery pack and motor to the same power unit. The entry-level petrol model is offered with a six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed dual-clutch auto. it develops 162hp, has a claimed 0-62mph time of 9.9 seconds and a WLTP Combined fuel consumption figure of 37.2mpg.

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. Its on-paper performance figures are much more impressive – helped by its jump in power to 258hp. 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.

What models are available?

It's a refreshingly simple range on offer. There are three trim levels – Explore, Excite, Exclusive. The entry-level Explore is not available with the DCT gearbox, and is lacking a few infotainment features, but appears to be great value for money. The combination of Exclusive trim and DCT is still relatively inexpensive, and features MG Pilot, a package of features including adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance.

This is a long way away from the budget MGs that used to be the mainstay of the brand since it became Chinese-owned.

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