MG MG6 Saloon

The Essentials

  • Price from £19,955
  • What Car? says: 2 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 57.0mpg
  • What is it? The MG6 saloon is a fairly spacious, well equipped family hatchback, but there's little else to recommend it

Great

  • The MG6 is quite spacious
  • Even entry-level cars are well equipped
  • It stays well composed on bends, which will help prevent motion sickness

Gripes

  • The interior is rather cheap and nasty
  • It's not great to drive, and the engines are noisy
  • It makes little financial sense whichever way you look at it
  • Drive

    It's alright, but no more than that

  • Inside

    The interior feels cheap, the controls are fussy and it's hard to get comfortable

  • Safety

    Euro NCAP score is below par

  • Reliability

    Yet to prove itself but MG record isn't great and the car's interior feels flimsy

  • Space

    Fairly roomy but not that practical

  • Standard and extras

    Even the entry-level model is well equipped

  • What's it like to drive?

    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.

  • What's it like inside?

    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 problems with 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 this 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.

    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.

  • How reliable is it?

    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 but the MG6 scored only four stars in crash tests by Euro NCAP, while most modern cars get the maximum five.

  • Should I buy one?

    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.