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MG 6 1.8 Turbo (2011) CAR review

By Tim (photography by Mark Fagelson)


16 March 2011

MG is back with the new 6 hatchback and a sort of Focus/Golf/Octavia rival a sporting bent and prices to you look twice. The MG 6 1.8 Turbo TSE by CAR costs £18,995, but you can have the blown 1.8 in humbler S spec for

Those are pre VAT increase prices and be held for the launch period, MG. Expect prices to nudge up in the few months, as they were set showroom tax crept up from to 20%.

So we’ll buy the MG 6 because cheap and built in China?

The new MG is well priced with a spec (our TSE packs 18in alloys, sat-nav and everything; all models have climate control, electric alloys, tyre pressure four airbags), but we’re to find out if the MG 6 is good enough to the Morris Garages badge.

This is an important moment: now, nothing’s changed the Chinese picked up the bones of MG after the tumultuous collapse in Sure, we’ve had the rebooted MG TF, but only sold a couple of roadsters a year while the was cooked up. There’s been talk of the Chinese manufacturers the European market — and the first visible proof.

downplaying the launch, and initial aspirations are modest, but make no the launch of the MG 6 marks a watershed in automotive industry. MG is owned by which builds 80% of the 6 at home shipping over for final in Longbridge, Birmingham, and China’s car maker has serious long-term for Europe.

The MG 6 is a harbinger of things to

Yep. That svelte which somehow manages a balance of Euro sensibility just a few suggestions of eastern (those piercing headlamp a hint of Mazda 6 from the suggests that future MGs possess style and competitive

The MG 6 is essentially a new car. The front is related to that in the old Rover 75, it means the same pick-up can be used on the Longbridge line and in and the fusebox is an old Rover unit, The K-series engine has been fettled by the Chinese, but this 1.8 is an upgraded, turbocharged K. Everything is new.

MG 6: the road test bit

Once you’ve stopped the outside (and you will, in the burnt orange of our test car see our full photoshoot in the May 2011 of CAR Magazine), you reach for a key and you’re disappointed. It’s a cheap, block that doesn’t the heft of rivals from the or Volkswagen empires. Almost you spot other fit and finish the leather you sit on looks more to chemicals than cows; of the cabin trim feels it hasn’t a full grain; and of the switchgear, especially the steering buttons, has a hopeless action. The computer was barely usable.

MG claims this is a late model (don’t they But we should allow this start-up some slack).

The MG 6 is an half size, mimicking the neither-Focus-nor-Mondeo segmentation. Like the there is consequently oodles of inside. You really can fit four big in here and those rear are comfy.

The boot is big at 498 litres, the 350 litres in a Golf or Focus though trailing the massive 585 litres.

MG 6 Turbo: that back some memories.

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badge does remind us of well-known Maestros and Montegos, but we manage your performance here. The 6 isn’t that The raw figures say 120mph (limited to the insurance rating!) and 0-60mph in but the truth is the 6 Turbo feels than that.

This is quite a heavy You’ll need to stir the to make good progress a pleasurable affair since the is positive of action if a touch of throw.

We suspect faster will be in the pipeline (we know a V6 fit under that bonnet), as as cheaper ones to take the off the Octavia’s £13k starting But this is a good launch the dynamics feel really resolved. I had an MG ZT 190 and there is a similar to the MG 6 — hardly surprising many of the same chassis developed the front MacPherson and multilink rear end.

The is well judged: there’s a firm damping, with enough pliancy to take the jag out of and body control is first Traction is good too, nary a flicker from the aids. The steering is hardly with feel or laser but it’s just as responsive and as buyers in this class expect.

One black mark on the MG 6 is a lack of at launch; a new SAIC-built derv in 2012, when left-hand production is scheduled. Until you’ll have to put up with the of CO2 produced by the 1.8 turbo.


The MG 6 us. Dynamically, it’s a big success. is good news.

If it had missed the and trampled over the MG heritage of accessibly priced sporting that would be hard to

As it is, the only question marks over the poor fit and finish in isolated areas, in particular the of cabin switchgear. If you excuse details and believe MG when it to fix most glitches before the 6 feels well made, and of competitive quality in this We’re inclined to believe the HVAC heating controls and click with the best of so there’s no reason to believe can’t fix the wonky controls.

On that basis, it’s not to judge the new MG 6 a success. In many it combines nearly the space of an with a drive comparable to a or Golf, at prices to make you twice. With that behind it, the MG is surely in a stronger than a new Chinese start-up.

initial effort suggests the MG could be a dark horse.

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