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MG6 – British at Heart

Quite Sporty, Practical  & now even better value (with £3000 off  up to 31/9/12)


The MG brand came back from death’s door with the launch of the new MG6 in June 2011, which is a sort of Focus-Mazda6 saloon rival. The MG 6 GT TSE is the sporty version of the 1.8 SE and S model line up. The new MG GT now seems very well priced with an offer of £3000 off until the end of September.  As standard all models have twin climate control, electric windows, alloys, the GT with leather seats, and lots of gadgets for just over £16K is now possibly worth considering if you want a new car.


For my test drive I was in the sporty TSE. First impressions of the MG6 are positive, with its neat fastback styling. The nose has character without being too aggressive, the side is “high waisted” and the rear has a sweeping roofline. Inside the TSE it is spacious, with comfortable leather seats and practical due to its 498-litre boot and reasonable leg space in the back. Riding on the 18-inch alloy wheels and finished in Union Blue, the MG6 looks quite distinctive and modern. The MG certainly doesn’t look like a budget product.

Unlike my previous reviews, my driver David Marr had a major role in the production of the car. David’s role is Vehicle Integration Vice Director for SAIC (Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation). SAIC is a Chinese multinational automotive manufacturing company that took over MG back in 2005. SAIC sell vehicles under a variety of brands including MG, Maxus, Roewe (Rover), Yuejin and are in joint ventures with Volkswagen and General Motors. To give me my usual base line of the MG I asked David to sum the car up in 5 words. He said “dynamic, stylish, value, different and modern”.  


David started his motoring career at the age of 16 with Jaguar and has 36 years automotive experience. His role is to help coordinate the 300 designers in creating new MG products at Longbridge. The MG6 is assembled at Longbridge by a team of 50 workers with most of the parts being shipped over from China. David was very positive about his job in that for many engineers there is nothing better than designing, building and testing cars. A surprising fact is that it takes some 48 months to take the initial concept designs to a completed car. In developing the MG6 David has had to visit China some 50 times since 2005…that’s a lot of flying time! SAIC is one of the “Big Four” Chinese car manufacturers who produced 3.97 million vehicles in 2011 so if anyone can help re-establish the MG brand, then SAIC are well placed for the job.

On the move the MG6 is comfortable and quite brisk with a 0-60mph in 8.4seconds.  The 1.8 litre turbo charged engine is quite vocal, though not too unpleasant, under hard acceleration before it calms down when cruising. The car has a solid feel even when put through twisty corners thanks to its MacPherson struts and multilink rear axle. Lift the bonnet and you will see a surprising amount of room around the engine bay. David outlined this is to give as much “crumple zone” protection to passengers. Along with the “high waist line” the engineers focused on making a safe car for passengers which gets a 4 star Euro – NCAP rating.



In summary, the MG6 offers a dynamic drive from a slightly noisy and thirsty engine with a 5 speed box. The shortcomings for some will be more than offset by the  new price. With limited sales, the car is quite exclusive and does have the MG marque, which many customers can still relate to. There is currently a £3000 sales offer until the end of September. For others, the wait to the new 1.9 litre diesel model with 6 speed gearbox will be worth a test drive. With the financial strength of SAIC behind MG there seems to be a positive future for MG cars and Longbridge workforce.

Verdict – 3 out of 5 Stars (reflecting additional value of recent sales offer)


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