MG6 GT hatchback
Price £15,455 - £20,195
- Good to drive
- Spacious boot
- Great value for money
- Not as economical as rival cars
- Interior quality
- Only two engine choices
At a glance
“The MG 6 represents decent value for money, but running costs are high and quality isn’t up to the standards of the class.”
As the first MG to be produced under the company's Chinese ownership, the MG6 has a great deal to prove. Thankfully, it's good to drive and there's plenty on offer for keen drivers.
The car comes generously equipped as standard, too – it's just a shame that the interior quality isn’t quite up to what's offered by its rivals. Plus, there are only two engines to choose from: a 1.8-litre petrol turbo or a revised 1.9-litre turbo diesel, which is more economical than before and is without question the one to go for.
MPG, running costs & CO2
Diesel engine has good mpg, but petrol is costly to run
The turbocharged petrol engine isn’t great for keeping running costs low – the car returns 35.6mpg economy and emits 184g/km of CO2, so unless you really need the fastest MG 6 model, we'd avoid it.
You’re better off with the diesel, which was tweaked in 2014 to be more efficient and more economical. It now emits 129g/km of CO2 and should return 57.6mpg. While that's still some way off the class-leading Skoda Octavia and Peugeot 308, it still shouldn't cost you an awful lot to run.
All MG6 models will be cheaper to insure compared to rivals, and you get a lot of equipment for the money. What's more, you can now opt for a five-year warranty and five years' free servicing.
Engines, drive & performance
Sharp handling and punchy turbo engine
There are only two engines available for the MG6: a 1.8-litre petrol turbo that delivers 158bhp, and a 1.9-litre turbodiesel that produces 148bhp. The petrol engine is smooth and takes the car from 0-62mph in 8.4 seconds, although at high revs it can get a bit noisy. The diesel is also fairly powerful and responsive, with a sixth gear to keep the revs low at speed.
In corners, the MG 6 performs well, changing direction quickly with very little body roll. The steering is direct and nicely weighted.
Interior & comfort
Quiet at motorway speeds with low wind, road and engine noise
Engineers have tried to strike a fine balance between comfort and handling, but the MG 6 could do with being slightly less stiff. That's not to say the ride is bad; drivers just may prefer a softer set-up over long distances.
Wind and road noise are generally well contained – not class-leading, but not far off. Engine noise at motorway speeds isn’t noticeable when the diesel is in sixth gear, but petrol buyers – who don't get a sixth gear – have to live with some extra noise.
Practicality & boot space
The MG 6's cavernous boot is perfect for carrying large loads
The boot is huge, at 458 litres. Rivals like the Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen Golf have around 350-380 litres of space. Interior space is good for passengers, too, although those sitting in the rear may find headroom limited by the slanting roof.
It’s worth mentioning that the quality of materials found in the cabin is good, but rivals like the SEAT Leon and Skoda Octavia are slightly ahead in this department.
Reliability & safety
Optional five-year warranty and decent reliability should give peace of mind
MG stunned the general public in 2014, entering the Driver Power owner satisfaction survey in third place. In terms of reliability, the manufacturer finished mid-table, behind Honda and Toyota but ahead of Hyundai, Nissan and Renault. The company now offers up to five years' warranty cover, too.
In Chinese safety tests, the car received a full five stars, but in the much more stringent Euro NCAP crash tests, it was awarded only four stars. That said, it does come equipped with ABS brakes, electronic stability control and side, front and passenger airbags as standard.
Price, value for money & options
Basic models are good value; top levels are well equipped
Prices for the MG6 are very competitive, with all models coming in at under £20,000.
The most basic trim level is S, which gets electric windows all round, air-con and alloy wheels. The SE adds sat-nav, cruise control and rear parking sensors, while going for the top-spec TSE gets you leather upholstery, along with a rear parking camera.