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MG Motor UK HS review

£17,730 - £32,540
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Published: 06 Apr 2023
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Buying

What should I be paying?

The 1.5-litre turbo petrol starts from £23,495 and the 1.5-litre turbo PHEV starts from £31,095. On lease you’re looking at around £365 and £535 respectively with a £5k down payment, 10,000-mile limit and four-year repayment period through MG’s own finance scheme.

Rivals? A Seat Ateca, Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Karoq all start from just over £26k, while a Kia Sportage (nearly £28k) Vauxhall Grandland (£29k) and Peugeot 3008 (£32.5k) are pricier still, making the HS comfortably the cheapest.

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That said, if it's a bargain you're after above all else, is a £17k Dacia Jogger not worth a look instead?

What’s the difference between trim levels?

The entry-level Excite comes with 18-inch alloys, auto headlamps and wipers, keyless entry, push button start, a 10.1-inch colour touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, rear parking sensors and 360-degree parking camera, heated folding mirrors and silver roof rails as standard.

Top spec Exclusive trim adds a powered tailgate, panoramic roof (with electric opening sunroof – when did you last see one of those?), full-leather upholstery in black or red and black, with ambient interior lighting, sports-style front seats, metal pedals, and LED headlights and indicators. 

Arctic White (regular petrol only) and Holborn Blue are your only standard colours. All others are £595, aside from the Dynamic Red you see pictured above, which sets you back an extra hundred quid on top.

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What’s the best spec?

We’d wager that anyone considering one of these is doing so on a budget and on that basis alone we’d go for the standard 1.5-litre petrol over the PHEV, which offers a substantial £7,600 saving. Which is substantial when you think real-world economy was barely any different.

Being frugal we’d also go for the base-spec (yet still impressively equipped) Excite trim. MG’s seven-year warranty is the icing on the cake.

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