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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

New range-topper is big on value, low on fun - but makes good family transport

MG HS SUV (19 on) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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PROS

  • Roomy
  • Comfortable
  • Well equipped
  • Keenly priced

CONS

  • Slow
  • Lifeless handling
  • Noisy engine when pushed
  • Some hard plastics

At a glance

New price £17,945 - £24,165
Lease from new From £267 per month
Road tax cost £145
New

PROS

  • Roomy
  • Comfortable
  • Well equipped
  • Keenly priced

CONS

  • Slow
  • Lifeless handling
  • Noisy engine when pushed
  • Some hard plastics

MG HS SUV rivals

MG’s range-topper is a family-sized crossover 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.

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

2019 MG HS interior

MG makes no great claims for its performance. And despite a hint of ruggedness to its styling, it’s not meant for off-roading, with no 4x4 version offered in the UK.

There’s one engine – a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder – driving the front wheels via a choice of six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed dual-clutch auto.

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, 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.

2020 MG HS rear view, driving

MG HS SUV rivals