Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Good range of proven engines, but even the 1.4 attracts a Group 7 insurance rating. 2.0 diesel is economical (if a little crude), but seen as an old man's choice by the MG's intended audience.

Firmly sprung and harsh on bumpy roads, but you'll be grinning in the twisties and a couple of extra laps of every roundabout is essential.