MG HS SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2
The sole 1.5-litre petrol has mediocre economy figures but the HS undercuts rivals on price
There won't be any complicated decisions here because the HS is only available with one 1.5-litre petrol engine. Given the size of MG's SUV, this has to work hard and so isn't particularly frugal, but the HS should still be a reasonably inexpensive long-term proposition thanks to its low purchase price and affordable maintenance bills.
MG HS MPG & CO2
The 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine can return up to 37.2mpg with a six-speed manual gearbox and 36.2mpg if a dual-clutch automatic gearbox is chosen. This isn't too far behind the same-sized engine in the Skoda Karoq, which returns up to 41.5mpg, and MG says owners can expect a range of around 400 miles from a tank of petrol.
CO2 emissions aren't particularly competitive, with figures of 148g/km for the manual and 157g/km with the automatic, making the MG HS a hard sell for business drivers paying Benefit-in-Kind tax. Private customers won't be as badly hit because the HS is liable for the same £150 annual road tax as other petrol and diesel SUVs.
The MG HS sits in groups 16-18, so it should be cheaper to insure than many family SUVs.
MG's seven-year warranty is one of the car’s key selling points, as it’s more than double the length of the cover offered with a Skoda Karoq, Peugeot 3008 and Nissan Qashqai. It's also longer than Hyundai and Toyota's five years of cover and almost matches Kia, although the Korean brand's 100,000-mile mileage cap is even more generous than MG's 80,000 miles. The warranty can also be transferred to subsequent owners, which should boost residual values.
While MG isn't as ubiquitous in the UK as it once was, service centres have been placed in strategic locations, according to the brand, and the dealership network is due to expand to 120 locations by the end of 2020.