Review

MG6 hatchback

Price  £15,455 - £20,195

MG6 hatchback

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Good to drive
  • Spacious boot
  • Great value for money
Cons
  • Fiddly controls
  • Interior quality
  • Only one engine choice

At a glance

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“The MG6 represents decent value for money, but quality and refinment isn’t up to the standards of the class.”

As the first MG to be produced under the company's Chinese ownership, the MG6 had a great deal to prove when it was first launched back in 2011. It turned out to be a car that handled well and was relatively cheap to buy but it was hampered by an uneconomical petrol engine and an interior that seemed to be brimming with cheap plastics.

The latest MG6 ditches the petrol engine to become a diesel-only model. The 148bhp 1.9-litre diesel engine remains but has been tweaked to offer more competitive economy figures, and it's linked to a new six-speed gearbox that is smoother to use.

Interior quality is still some way off the class-leaders but the car now has a new infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen that's much easier to use.

MG has also repositioned the car in the market; it now intends that buyers will consider it against the Ford Focus, Vaxuhall Astra and Skoda Octavia, rather than the Ford Mondeo. That means a price cut of around £3,000. It still comes generously equipped though, with three trim levels called S, TS and TL providing plenty of kit. Even entry-level S cars come with equipment such as alloy wheels and heated front seats.

The mid-range TS spec car is the one we'd recommend, as you get useful extras like sat-nav and luxurious touches like part-leather seats.

MPG, running costs & CO2

3.5 / 5

The MG6 is only available with one diesel engine, which is reasonably cheap to run

Engines, drive & performance

3 / 5

The MG6 handles well and its diesel engine is powerful

Interior & comfort

3.2 / 5

MG6 interior quality is patchy but equipment levels are very good

Practicality & boot space

3.3 / 5

The MG6's cavernous boot is perfect for carrying large loads

Reliability & safety

3.8 / 5

Optional five-year warranty and decent reliability should give peace of mind

What the others say

2.5 / 5
based on 2 reviews
3 / 5
The MG6 much bigger than its direct rivals, and the list of standard kit, even on the entry-level models, is impressive. However, build quality is still some way behind European rivals like the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra.
2 / 5
"The MG6 feels out of date in several key areas, so it's impossible to recommend."
What owners say 
4.5
4.5 /5 based on 2 reviews
100%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend

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Last updated 
13 Apr 2015
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