MG MG6 GT Road Test (2013)

MG MG6 GT (Interior View) (2013)
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MG MG6 Review

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The cabin is snug and cosseting, with ample adjustment to find a good driving position.

Comfort and Refinement

Comfort is pretty reasonable in the MG6 for an average sized driver. There is good adjustment to get a comfortable driving position, with height adjustment for the driver's seat and a steering wheel that can be set for rake and in-out reach. A taller driver might find the seat base a bit short for ideal leg support, and you can find yourself twisting slightly in the seat due to offset pedals.

Modern diesel engines are much quieter than they used to be, but the MG6 makes a bit more noise than the best of the recent well-designed diesels. There is no mistaking what is under the bonnet, because of the clattering sound you hear on start-up. It settles to a quieter rhythm at speed, but this is not a quiet car by the standards of its best contemporaries. It could do with more soundproofing. Some wind noise is evident too at motorway pace.

Safety and Security

Safety matters, it is one of the key provisions that any canny buyer looks for these days, so it is a bit disappointing that the MG6 can only manage a four-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash test programme when the best cars in this category manage a full five-star rating. The MG6 did not score very well on pedestrian protection, but it does have a very reasonable level of safety provision for occupants. It is well equipped with airbags, with twin front, side and curtain airbags to cushion occupants against crash injury. Stability control is standard, and Isofix child safety restraint mountings are provided. Security features include deadlocks and an alarm system.

Infotainment

This car comes generously equipped with standard kit. That is one of its strengths, that the specification is very reasonable right from the entry-level S models. These have standard air conditioning, 17-inch alloy wheels, electric windows front and rear, ambient lighting, and a good quality stereo with Aux-in and USB connections. Move up to SE spec, and the kit list then includes standard  satnav, cruise control, Bluetooth and rear parking sensors. Top-sped TSE versions also have leather upholstery, a reversing camera and dual-zone climate control.

Rivals
  • Alfa Romeo Giulietta
  • Chevrolet Cruze
  • Ford Focus
  • Peugeot 308
What We Liked
  • Feels like a lot of car for the money
  • Well equipped with standard kit
  • Has features like ambient lighting which most similarly priced cars don't
  • SE models from around £17,000 come equipped with colour satnav and cruise control
  • Famous octagon MG badge still has a bit of cachet
  • British built although the parts come from China
  • Standard Bluetooth, USB and Aux connectivity
  • Reasonably comfortable cabin and a good sized boot
What We Disliked
  • Interior design is quite staid, not as contemporary as some rivals
  • Some of the interior plastics look a bit cheap
  • Lower Euro NCAP crash test rating than key rivals
  • Diesel engine quite noisy, also some wind noise
  • Rearward view rather restricted
  • Big clunky handbrake
  • Key fell apart several times, had to be reassembled
What We Would Like To See
  • A higher safety score on the Euro NCAP crash test results list, and better noise suppression
Conclusion

This is a car for those who are nostalgic for the MG badge or who want something a bit different. You don't see many of these on the road, but it deserves to do better because it's a decent car for very reasonable money.

1 July 2013 Sue Baker
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MG MG6 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedMG MG6 GT TSE DTi
  
Body Type5-door Hatchback
ColourPitch Black
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph8.9 Seconds
Top Speed 120 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban46.1 mpg
Extra Urban59.0 mpg
Combined53.5 mpg
  
Insurance Group15
Euro NCAP Rating4-Stars
Warranty3 Years / 60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 01/07/13)£20,195

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