MG HS Review, Specs & Performance

The MG HS is a refreshing blend of classic design and modern functionality in the fiercely contested realm of family SUVs. 

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Overview of the MG HS

As MG’s current flagship model, it’s evident that the brand is focusing on refreshing its image in the UK.
Mixing performance with a touch of luxury, the HS defines what a value-driven mid-size SUV should feel like in today’s market.


MG HS in a nutshell

The MG HS is primarily tailored for families, evident from its spacious interior, safety features, and general robustness that family car buyers often look for.

The addition of the plug-in hybrid variant also makes it attractive for individuals with environmental considerations. Or those seeking to benefit from the potential tax advantages and reduced running costs associated with hybrid vehicles.

Main Rivals The compact SUV segment is fiercely competitive, and the MG HS locks horns with several established players. Some of its main competitors include:
Nissan Qashqai: One of the pioneers in the compact SUV segment, the Qashqai is renowned for its reliability and practicality.
Kia Sportage: Like the MG, Kia offers an extensive warranty with the Sportage, along with a feature-rich interior.
Ford Kuga: A favorite in many markets, the Kuga boasts dynamic handling and a broad range of engine choices.
Hyundai Tucson: A well-rounded offering, the Tucson impresses with its modern design, technology, and engine options.
SEAT Ateca: Known for its sporty appeal, the Ateca also offers a range of efficient engines and a spacious interior.
Skoda Karoq: A part of the Volkswagen family, the Karoq is appreciated for its practicality, robust build, and efficient engines.


MG HS - Engines, Economy and Driving


Petrol: Central to the MG HS’s powertrain options is its 1.5-litre petrol engine. It will produce 162ps and be able to return round 38mpg on the combined cycle.
Those who feel the auto is unnecessary can pair this engine with a manual gearbox. Alternatively, those who lean towards a more modern, effortless driving experience might prefer the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Regardless of choice, this petrol engine promises smooth acceleration and consistent power delivery, making for a pleasurable driving journey.
Plug-In Hybrid: Emerging as a sustainable alternative, MG has expanded the HS’s offerings to include a Plug-In Hybrid version. This model gives you the same 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, an electric motor, and a 15kWh battery.
This offers a substantial 268ps allowing the hybrid to hit sixty miles per hour in only 7.1 seconds. It can run up to 32 miles on pure electric power too, which is ideal for shorter trips. This is perfect for those who wish to reduce their carbon footprint without fully transitioning to an electric vehicle.


When it comes to fuel efficiency, the HS offers a notable balance. The traditional petrol engine, with its average of around 38 mpg, ensures a reliable range for longer trips. On the other hand, the plug-in hybrid variant typically boasts a more impressive mpg due to its ability to run on electric power, minimising petrol consumption.
Not only does this translate to fewer trips to the fuel station, but it also implies a reduction in running costs, making the HS even more appealing to the economically conscious driver.


Navigating the urban sprawl or embarking on long motorway stretches, the MG HS doesn’t falter. Its adaptability ensures a comfortable drive in the city, while its solid build offers a reassuring presence on highways. Don’t get us wrong, it’s not as cossetting on our British roads as an Audi Q3 might be, but the HS still maintains some composure over the rougher stuff.

MG HS - Space & Equipment


Stepping inside, one is greeted by a spacious haven, setting it apart from many in its class. With an already impressive boot capacity of 463 litres, this expands to a cavernous 1,454 litres when the rear seats are folded down, accommodating all your family’s needs.
Whether it’s the weekly groceries, holiday luggage, or sports equipment, the MG HS has got you covered.


The HS doesn’t skimp on features. From standard equipment like an electronic parking brake, android auto, apple carplay push-button start, and keyless entry, the brand has ensured drivers have all they need at their fingertips.
Advanced safety provisions like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert and blind spot detection underscore MG’s commitment to safety.
But MG understands that desires vary; hence, they offer three well-thought-out trim levels. The higher-tier models, for instance, boast of a rear parking camera, intuitive rain-sensing wipers, bigger alloys, and satnav. For those who seek nothing but the best, the ‘Exclusive’ trim beckons with its leather interiors, dual-zone climate, adjustable heated front sports seats, and a panoramic opening sky roof, which is always welcome in the middle of gloomy UK winter.


All in all, we feel that the MG HS does what it should. It represents a melding of style, space, and substance without breaking the bank. It’s a testament to MG’s commitment to offer value without compromising on the essentials, like practicality and specification.


  • Outstanding value for money in the family SUV sector.
  • Comprehensive safety and convenience features as standard.
  • Spacious interiors with a substantial boot capacity.
  • Engaging drive with a decent fuel economy.


  • Limited engine choices.
  • Resale value might not be as robust as some competitors.
  • Infotainment system may feel dated compared to rivals.
  • Some might prefer a more aggressive design language.