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This concoction of letters means an SUV in MG guise.  Oh how MG has strayed… or should that be expanded.  MG has included, for the first time in its existence, an SUV in its line-up of models.  I guess that’s not all that surprising because even Porsche, BMW and Audi have had to do the same.  People’s choices and preferences dictate what manufacturers serve up on the showroom floor, and MG has built an SUV because you lot (car buyers) are wanting them.

MG has been resurrected six years ago by the Chinese, and the brand is certainly starting to take flight again.  For an MG GS size equivalent you are looking at Nissan Qashqai and Mazda CX-5 for something similar in dimensions.  However, what you do get is an SUV that is a whole lot gentler on the wallet and imported straight from manufacturing facilities in China.

As far as practical features go, the MG GS is roomy enough and can take a good dollop of luggage in the boot (355 litres).  60:40 split rear seats makes life flexible when loading ungainly items into the MG GS and the seats fold down nice and flat.  A decent amount of storage in the centre console (under the arm rest) and glove box makes carrying all sorts of extras into the car easy enough, though you’ll have to settle for small bottles and cups to fit into the cup holder apertures.  Life in the rear seats is pretty good for most people, and the rear seats recline to make travelling even better.

MG GS Interior

Three flavours of MG GS are on the menu, and the entry level gets 17-inch wheels, air-conditioning a USB points, electric mirrors, cruise control and automatic lights.  Bluetooth, a leather steering wheel, DAB radio, rear parking sensors and a parking camera are amongst the items offered for the model in the middle; while the top of the range MG GS gets features like leather seats, heated front seats, side steps, 18-inch wheels, satellite navigation and roof bars.  You’ve got to say that the equipment levels are very good for the price put down on a new MG GS.

Powering the new MG GS line-up is a 1.5-litre Turbo petrol engine that drives the front wheels.  The car feels quick enough for most situations and you can actually get from 0-100 km/h in less than ten seconds.  A choice of gearboxes adds some more choices to make, with a six-speed manual and a seven-speed auto on offer.  Ride quality is pretty good, while the steering is well weighted and accurate making driving pleasant for driving enthusiasts.

One of the disappointing aspects of the MG GS is the lack of an AWD model, but perhaps there might be one in the making, eventually.  I reckon the addition of an AWD would add some meat in the sandwich for those who drive off the main artillery routes from time to time.

All in all the MG GS is a handy enough vehicle that should function well for the SUV buyer on the lookout for a machine with a lower price.  A very good 6 year/unlimited km warranty is also very attractive, as well.

The brand new MG GS models include the:

  • MG GS Explore
  • MG GS Excite
  • MG GS Exclusive

For any more information on the MG GS or, for that matter, any other new car, contact one of our friendly consultants on 1300 303 181.  If you’d like some fleet discount pricing (yes even for private buyers!), we can submit vehicle quote requests out to our national network of MG dealers and come back with pricing within 24 hours.  Private Fleet – car buying made easy!