Mg Motor Uk HS variants
Total price
Monthly payment
Figures are based on a 20% deposit

Finance representative example (PCP)

Total cash price £19,999. Borrowing £15,999 with a £4,000 deposit at a representative APR of 12.9%.

49 monthly payments
£280.86
Fixed interest rate
12.9%
Total amount payable
£26,298.33
Cost of credit
£6,299.33
Optional final payment
£8,817.00
Annual mileage limit
6000 miles

MG HS buying guide

There are a handful of trim and engine options available for the HS. This guide will talk you through each so you can pick the best version for you.

What MG HS trim levels are there?

You’ll find two trim levels offered for the MG HS – Excite and Exclusive – with both versions boasting generous equipment lists.

Excite trim includes air conditioning, alloy wheels, rear parking sensors and camera, automatic wipers, faux-leather upholstery, keyless entry and start, and an infotainment system with sat-nav, Bluetooth, DAB radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You also get driver assist features including adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring and automatic high beams. Upgrading to PHEV versions brings a 360-degree parking camera.

Top-spec Exclusive cars gain full LED headlights, leather upholstery, heated front sports seats, dual-zone climate control, ambient lighting, tinted rear windows and a powered boot lid.

MG HS interior and technology

You might be expecting a cut-down experience in the HS’s interior if you only look at its list price. However, you’ll be surprised to find that the styling and quality are a noticeable improvement over previous MG models – you won’t hear any squeaks or rattles, and most surfaces are covered with soft-feeling materials. The dashboard is neat and tidy but it’s a little disappointing the MG has put much of the heating and air-con controls into the touchscreen infotainment system, rather than physical knobs and switches.

The infotainment system is, at least, fairly easy to use, with an intuitive, simple menu layout – although we’d prefer it if it were slightly faster to respond to the touch. Partway through 2021, MG upgraded the HS to include a digital screen in place of the driver’s dials.

Again, the HS scores highly for interior space. While there’s no seven-seat option, there’s ample room for five passengers to get comfortable in, with acceptable space even with with three across the back row. Boot space isn’t class leading but it’s more than enough for this car’s intended audience, able to swallow most bulky items without even needing to fold the rear seats.

MG HS engine range explained

MG HS 1.5 T-GDi petrol

The entry-level engine for the MG HS is a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol making 162hp. This version will hit 62mph from rest in a shade under 10 seconds, so shouldn’t feel underpowered at motorway speeds. You have the option of either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic gearbox with this engine.

MG HS 1.5 T-GDi PHEV

The HS 1.5 T-GDi PHEV takes the regular 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine as a starting point and adds an electric motor and battery pack to the mix. This raises combined power to an impressive 258hp, dropping the 0-62mph sprint to just 7.1 seconds. In ideal conditions, this combo will average around 156mpg or, if you save the electric range for urban driving, it’ll cover 32 miles without using the engine at all.

Your MG HS questions answered

The MG HS is only offered in one version – a five-seat, five-door SUV with a hatchback boot opening. It sits above the smaller MG ZS SUV in the brand’s lineup.

If you’re shopping for similar models, you might want to consider the Ford KugaSkoda KaroqCitroen C5 AircrossPeugeot 3008Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson.

The MG HS is a little less than 4.6 metres long. That makes it a little longer than most of its direct rivals, with only the Ford Kuga gaining an extra few millimetres. All HS cars include rear parking sensors and a reversing camera, while PHEV versions upgrade this to a 360-degree camera, so parking shouldn’t be too much of a challenge.

Like its direct rivals, the HS only has five seats but gives occupants loads of space to stretch out. Rear passengers, in particular, have plenty of head and legroom, and decent elbow room even with three adults in the back. The space also makes it easy to secure wriggling kids into their child seats. If you compare it against rivals on paper, the HS’s boot is slightly smaller than average, but it’s still large enough for around three large suitcases or a couple of push chairs.

There are just two engines on offer in the HS lineup and, while neither is likely to set pulses racing, both offer decent performance. The plug-in hybrid version is faster and more efficient, but adds a reasonable chunk to the purchase price.

Yes – where the HS really excels is in value for money. There aren't many rivals at this price point, whether new or used, that can match the big MG's laundry list of talents.

It's practical with plentiful space for up to five adults and has an equipment list that would embarrass some luxury cars. Plus, if you choose the plug-in hybrid model, it's surprisingly powerful when you floor it, while being impressively frugal if you drive gently.

No, the HS is only offered with five seats. That might not be enough to take the outright passenger-carrying crown, but it does mean the five people you can carry get lots of head, leg and elbow room, making fully loaded long journeys relatively painless.

If you're after an affordable seven-seat SUV, consider the SEAT Tarraco or non-hybrid examples of the Mitsubishi Outlander.

In the UK, the MG HS is only available with front-wheel drive. This will provide more than enough traction for most buyers so you're only likely to benefit from choosing one of its four-wheel-drive rivals if you regularly travel off road.

If you're concerned about using your HS all-year round, consider fitting winter tyres over the colder months. These will bring a much larger benefit in slippery and icy conditions than choosing an all-wheel-drive car without winter tyres.

When MG first relaunched in the UK after being taken over by China's SAIC, its reliability results were somewhat patchy. Things have improved in recent years, with far fewer issues reported with the brand's newer cars and its servicing network. This is backed up by its impressive seven-year factory warranty.

For the greatest peace of mind, you can add an extended warranty onto your HS when you buy it. This starts once the manufacturer cover ends and will protect you in the event of an electrical or mechanical failure.