It's alright, but no more than that
The interior feels cheap, the controls are fussy and it's hard to get comfortable
Euro NCAP score is below par
Yet to prove itself but MG's record isn't great and many of the fittings feel flimsy
Fairly roomy but not that practical
Even the entry-level model is well equipped
Neither the petrol nor the diesel version feels as powerful as you'd expect for the engine size (1.8 and 1.9 respectively); even the diesel, which can pick up speed quite quickly, soon runs out of puff. Both engines are noisy (the diesel is particularly rough) and you have to raise your voice over wind and road noise if you want to speak to your passengers while on the motorway. The steering is disconcertingly light when you're driving in a straight line, so it doesn't feel as solid as you'd want at speed, and it can be overly keen to self-centre. The car stays well composed on corners, however, and the ride quality is acceptably firm in the petrol car; the diesel tends to wallow over speed bumps, however. Rear visibility is poor.
Overall the interior feels cheap and flimsy, and even the leather in the range-topping MG6 feels poor quality, while the doors bang shut instead of closing with a thud. There's plenty of adjustment in the driver's seat and steering wheel but as the seat base is short it's not supportive enough, and the strange positioning of the pedals and the handbrake bring their own issues concerning comfort and ergonomics. Meanwhile, the infotainment system fitted to the higher-spec cars is too complex and fiddly.
There's lots of room in the front seats but six-footers may struggle for headroom in the back and a large hump in the centre footwell makes the middle seat unappealing for anyone. The boot is large but it has a big lip which you have to haul items over, and the rear seats don't fold down enough when you need the extra load space.
On the plus side, all models come with alloy wheels, four electric windows, air-con and both aux-in and USB sockets. Mid-level SE spec adds sat nav, cruise control, Bluetooth and rear parking sensors, while top-spec TSE models also get leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control and a reversing camera.
In the past, MG has done poorly in What Car?'s annual reliability survey, and it remains to be seen if the MG6 can improve on that record as not enough models have been sold to give an accurate picture. All models get six airbags, including curtain airbags for the rear windows, but the MG6 scored only four stars in crash tests by Euro NCAP, while most modern cars get the maximum five.
The MG6 is unimpressive to drive, not especially practical and, to cap it all, doesn't make much financial sense either. MG has managed to keep insurance groups low by limiting top speeds, but fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are bettered by most rivals and re-sale values are expected to be very weak. That's not good.