BARGAINS. We love them.
Everything from Black Friday to yellow stickers at the supermarket. Tip: Go at night.
Everything from two-for-one entry vouchers to Nicky Elite loo roll. I’m not paying double for Andrex. Not to wipe my bum.
If we can save a few quid on anything, we are winning. Life is good.
In the car world, more for less means buying second-hand premium and sticking a private plate on it to hide its age.
Or buying new from budget brands like Dacia, Suzuki and Chinese-owned MG.
Standard kit on the £17,995 Explore model includes 10in touchscreen with Apple CarPlay[/caption]
Take the MG HS. It’s a big, family SUV priced like a Fiesta yet more sparkly than Strictly’s glitterball.
Standard kit on the £17,995 Explore model includes 10in touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, folding heated mirrors, and all the camera and radar-based safety systems you can think of.
The top-spec Exclusive model at £22,995 has sweeping LED indicators (very Audi), 18in diamond cut wheels, panoramic sunroof, soft leather, dual zone air-con and more.
And do you know what? It feels plusher than I expected it to.
The top-spec Exclusive model at £22,995 has sweeping LED indicators (very Audi), 18in diamond cut wheels and a panoramic sunroof[/caption]
It’s comfy and spacious and has more than a whiff of previous-gen Mercedes about it with nice-looking piano black trim, knurled-effect piano keys, turbine-style air vents and knock-off A-Class seats. Compared to the dog egg GS it replaces, the HS is a massive leap forward.
MG calls it “affordable luxury” and claims customers can save up to £6,000 in preference to rivals with like-for-like equipment.
But is it really the bargain it seems?
The answer is Yes and Yes. Yes, if you are a cash buyer and plan on keeping it forever.
The HS has a seven-year warranty (very Kia). And Yes, if you are buying on finance.
It has a better residual value than the equivalent Nissan Qashqai after three years, meaning MG’s monthly payments are as low as £249.
So what’s it like to drive?
There’s only one engine — a 1.5-litre turbo petrol — and it’ll return decent numbers if you are gentle with your right foot. I got 42mpg on a 200-mile trip down the M1.
There’s only one engine — a 1.5-litre turbo petrol — and it’ll return decent numbers if you are gentle with your right foot[/caption]
The ride is fine for the sub-50mph work most HS models will do but hustle it along a twisty A-road and it soon begins to run out of body control.
It needs a bit more anti-roll in the chassis. The Qashqai is better.
Other things to note: Front-wheel drive only. Maximum towing weight 1,750kg.
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Two gearbox choices. Six-speed manual or seven- speed auto with flappy paddles. USBs front and back.
And that legendary octagon badge on the front grille is H U G and E. Yes, we know it’s an MG.
To conclude then, the HS is a big car with big kit for the price of small. A bargain for Brits on a budget. Definitely worth a look.
Engine: 1.5-litre 4cyl turbo petrol
Power: 162hp, 250Nm
0-62mph: 9.9 secs
Top speed: 118mph
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