2020 MG HS plug-in hybrid: range, performance and price

MG has revealed the new HS plug-in hybrid; a petrol-electric family SUV that’s also the most powerful car it currently makes

James Allen
Oct 28, 2020

Thinking of going down the plug-in hybrid family SUV path with your next new car? There are a slowly growing number of options for you to choose from, with one of the latest models on the market being the petrol-electric version of the MG HS.

Like rivals such as the plug-in versions of the Ford Kuga, Peugeot 3008 and Vauxhall Grandland X, the big draw of the MG HS plug-in hybrid is its reduced running costs over the conventional petrol version - provided you regularly charge the car, so you can maximise how far you travel on electric power and minimise your petrol bills.

The HS plug-in’s claimed fuel economy of up to 155mpg is a huge leap over the 37mpg that’s quoted for the standard car - though, in order to get as close to that lofty figure as possible in day-to-day driving, you’ll need to make the most of the car’s electric-only range of up to 32 miles between charges, as often as you can.

Apart from that plug-in hybrid powertrain which offers a substantial 258hp, the rest of the MG HS’s spec sheet is on par with the conventional version’s - meaning it’s a fairly spacious car with a good amount of equipment as standard and an impressive seven-year/80,000-mile warranty.

The only real difference is the size of the boot: because the battery pack under the floor takes up a bit more room, the HS hybrid’s 448 litres luggage volume is 15 litres down on the petrol-only version. That's a small enough drop that you're unlikely to notice the difference, though.

If all this sounds like the car for you, the MG HS plug-in hybrid is now on sale, with prices at launch starting from £29,995. Considering that plug-in hybrid versions of many other SUVs are so pricey, this is a surprisingly low figure for a car of this type. You can also expect similarly low PCP finance monthly payments, too.

Quick facts

  • Up to 32 miles of electric-only driving
  • Petrol-electric combo makes 258hp
  • Claimed economy of up to 155mpg
  • CO2 emissions of 43g/km
  • Prices start from £29,995
  • On sale from October 2020

2020 MG HS plug-in hybrid range and charging time

Thanks to the 16.6kW battery pack (which is a fairly good size for this type of car), the MG HS plug-in hybrid has a pretty decent claimed electric-only range. MG reckons the HS can be driven up to 32 miles before the batteries run out of charge - which, while not class-leading, isn’t that far off what rivals like the plug-in hybrid versions of the Citroen C5 Aircross (34 miles) and the Peugeot 3008 (36 miles) can manage on paper.

It should also mean that drivers will be able to do short journeys on electric power alone, though this will depend on factors such as how fast you're going and how much charge is in the batteries before you set off. Get into the habit of plugging the car in every time you get home, however, and a large proportion of your trips could be completed using solely electricity.

According to MG, it takes around three hours to fully recharge the HS plug-in hybrid’s batteries if you plug the car into a 7kW charging point or domestic wallbox unit. 

2020 MG HS plug-in hybrid performance

While it’s very far removed from the classic MG sports cars from years gone by, the petrol-electric HS is nevertheless a surprisingly quick small SUV. The 1.5-litre petrol engine and the electric motor produce a combined 258hp and 370Nm of torque, which (on top of making the HS plug-in hybrid the most powerful car in MG’s current range) allow the car to accelerate to 62mph from a standing start in a brisk 6.9 seconds.

The claimed CO2 emissions of 43g/km mean the petrol-electric MG is, like many other plug-in hybrid cars, quite affordable to tax. It’s very frugal on paper, too, as MG says the hybrid HS can return up to 155mpg - though it’s worth pointing out this is quite a bit down on what alternatives like the Ford Kuga plug-in hybrid (201mpg) and Vauxhall Grandland X plug-in hybrid (204mpg) are claimed to be capable of.

As with all plug-in hybrids, how close you’ll get to those quoted economy figures will also depend greatly on how often you’re able to drive the car on electric power alone. Plug the car in every time you get home and cover only short journeys and you could avoid burning any petrol at all - using solely electric power. Fail to charge at all, however, and you'll burn your way through far more petrol.

2020 MG HS plug-in hybrid specifications

Like the conventional petrol-powered version, the plug-in hybrid MG HS comes with a decent amount of equipment as standard. All cars come out of the box with adaptive cruise control, heated front seats, a 10.1-inch touchscreen media system that you can pair your smartphone with and accident-mitigating assists like autonomous emergency braking. You’ll need to go for the top-of-the-range version is you want a panoramic sunroof and LED headlights on your plug-in hybrid MG HS, though.

Boot space is fairly good in the plug-in HS as well: with the rear seats up, there’s 448 litres of luggage volume to play with, and this can be increased to 1,375 litres once you fold the rear seats down. However, because the car’s battery pack eats into quite a bit of room in the boot floor, the plug-in HS isn’t quite as practical as the standard car (463 litres with the seats up/1,454 with the seats down).

2020 MG HS plug-in hybrid prices and release date

As well as being the most powerful MG you can buy, the HS plug-in hybrid is also the most expensive. Prices start at £29,995 for the entry-level Excite version, and rise to £32,495 for the top-of-the-line Exclusive spec. This still compares favourably with many other plug-in hybrid SUVs, though, so the HS plug-in hybrid offers pretty good value.

The HS went on sale in October 2020, with the first deliveries arriving towards the end of 2020. Expect a raft of even more affordable used models to appear for sale early in 2021.


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