The UK version appears identical to the model sold in China, minus the right-hand-drive configuration. It looks like a slightly larger MG ZS and some customers will probably have a hard time differentiating between the two models. Exterior design highlights include the latest iteration of MG’s stellar field grille framing the largest brand logo yet, twin tailpipes, and an aluminum lower bumper at both ends.
The interior of the MG HS is said to feature soft-touch materials throughout, a comfortable driving position and roomy seats. MG claims front passengers enjoy class-leading shoulder-, hip- and head-room while rear passengers get plenty of space too thanks to the reclining seats and comfort features including twin air vents, two USBs and a fold-out arm rest.
The 2020 MG HS offers a single engine choice, a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline unit producing 160 HP (162 PS) at 5,500 rpm and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque from 1,500 to 4,400 rpm. Customers can have it with a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. In both cases, power is only sent to the front wheels.
The 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint takes 9.9 seconds and the top speed is 118 mph (190 km/h). As for fuel efficiency, the MG HS is said to achieve a combined WLTP figure of 37.2 mpg UK (7.6 l/100 km) for the manual and 36.2 mpg UK (7.8 l/100 km) for the DCT.
There are three trim levels available: Explore, Excite and Exclusive. The entry-level Explore starts at £17,995 ($22,020) and packs 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry with push button start, a 10.1-inch color touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as electric folding and heated door mirrors.
The mid-level Excite grade is priced from £20,495 ($25,075) and adds stuff such as 18-inch alloys, rear parking camera, rain sensing wipers and sat-nav.
The top-spec Exclusive model starts at £22,995 ($28,135) and packs additional goodies such as a leather interior, LED sequential turn signals, power-adjustable heated sports front seats, dual-zone climate control, ambient lighting, and a panoramic opening Skyroof. When equipped with the DCT, the MG HS Exclusive also adds driving modes and a customizable electrically opening tailgate.
All models come with the MG Pilot suite of driver aids as standard, including Active Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, Intelligent Speed Limit Assist, Intelligent Headlight Control, Traffic Jam Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Detection, and Door Opening Warning.