Handsome MG6 hatch offers more for less
17:10 18 September 2015
MG has revamped its mid-size MG6 model, promising improved driving dynamics and performance plus a more attractive ownership experience, says Iain Dooley.
MG’s products have had to tough it out in the market, with longer established and more polished rival choices, despite the fanfare surrounding the company’s resurrection. The mid-size MG6 delivered a surprisingly convincing package of performance, space and style, especially if you were one of MG’s many cynics.
Even so, the MG6 wasn’t perfect but MG has listened to feedback from buyers and the media, resulting in this thoroughly refreshed second-generation car. Subtle exterior tweaks see a modest nose and tail update but cabin quality, driving dynamics, engine and kit levels have all been improved, along with lower prices and simplified trim levels.
MG Motor MG6
Price: MG Motor MG6 TS, £16,195 (S £13,995, TL £17,995)
Engine: 1.9-litre, 148bhp, four-cylinder turbo diesel
Transmission: Six-speed manual driving front wheels
Performance: 0-62mph 8.4 seconds; top speed 120mph (limited)
MPG: 61.4 combined
CO2 emissions: 119g/km
Looks and image
The five-door hatchback version was always handsome beast and the modest revisions have done much to boost its kerb appeal. The cabin also boasts better quality materials and an improved infotainment system on higher trim levels. The result is a more rounded and competent package, and one that should silence the MG critics.
Space and practicality
The hatchback layout offers a good level of cabin space and versatility for carrying large loads. The tailgate opens nice and high, the interior boasts ample room for five and, fold the rear seats, carrying capacity increases to a useful compact estate-rivalling level.
Behind the wheel
There was little wrong with the original MG6 but that didn’t stop prevent a programme of improvements. It’s a one-engine range now but the 1.9-litre turbo diesel is now more responsive and economical, while the basic driving experience has benefited from a 75kg weight-loss programme.
The 148bhp diesel is a willing performer, while engine noise has been kept to a pleasing minimum. The MG6 was always a decent steer and this remains the case. Refinement levels in the cabin are impressive, and the driving position is comfortable with good all-round visibility.
Value for money
The combination of a meaningful price cut and ramping up of standard kit levels should do much to entice buyers who were less than convinced first time around. The simplified three-model line-up offers good value, with middle and top grades gaining plenty of kit including sat-nav, high-power headlights, DAB and Bluetooth. And running costs are likely to be modest with the diesel’s economy and modest CO2 rating.
Who would buy one?
Anyone seeking a mid-size car for not a lot of money should take a serious look at this revised MG6. Brand loyalists won’t need convincing but others should now see the car for what it really is – a handsome five-door hatch boasting high levels of standard kit, an engaging driving experience, ample cabin space and a decent blend of performance and economy.