2019 MG HS SUV prices and specifications revealed

The MG HS flagship 'crossover' is set to take on the massively popular Nissan Qashqai, but can it really compete? Keep reading for more info

Chris Rosamond
Nov 15, 2019

Full specifications have been released for the 2019 MG HS SUV crossover, which is available to order now with the first deliveries scheduled to hit UK roads in November. We have full MG HS price information, as well as details on its turbocharged petrol engine and a rundown of all the most important MG HS equipment.

While the MG name is well-known in the UK, the firm’s Chinese owners are facing a considerable challenge in making its latest models household names. Firstly, because many drivers are only really familiar with classic MG models like the MGB or more recent MGF sports car, and secondly, MG dealers are few and far between. It’s already off to a decent start due to the relative popularity of the MG3 hatchback and MG ZS compact SUV, which will share showroom space with this new ‘flagship’ HS.

Think of the MG HS as a cut-price alternative to runaway successes like the Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008 and Skoda Karoq. It looks like a bigger version of the MG ZS from the front, as the two share almost identical styling, but you can appreciate the extra size of the HS from the side. It has a handsome if rather conservative feel – which is pretty much par from the course for cars in this market segment.

Quick facts

  • Flagship MG SUV to rival Nissan Qashqai
  • Prices start from £17,995
  • Only one petrol engine
  • MG Pilot driver assistance standard
  • The most upmarket MG interior yet
  • Covered by a seven-year warranty

The new MG HS is a mainstream crossover that’s designed primarily for on-road use and available only with front-wheel drive. If you want an SUV for off-roading, therefore, this isn't it. Check out our roundup of the best 4x4s for off-roading instead. The HS has arrived late to a very popular and well contested market that’s dominated by cars like the Karoq, Qashqai and 3008, but which also includes plenty of other choices such as the Ford Kuga, Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage.

The modern MG brand is not as well established as any of these rivals in the UK, and as a result, MG HS prices are extremely competitive to grab potential buyers' attention. That's especially true when you weigh up the lavish specification which includes a big 10.1-inch touchscreen display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard, plus a suite of driver assistance safety kit offered in the standard MG Pilot package.

 

To find out how the MG HS compares with other popular SUV rivals, read on for full details of HS prices, engines, interior and more.

MG HS trims and models

The new MG HS not only looks the part - with its tall stance and high driving position - but it impresses on paper with a terrific level of standard specification. All versions come with MG Pilot - a comprehensive package of active safety measures which we’ll explain further down - including the most basic Explore trim level. This specification comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry with push button start, a 10.1-inch colour touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and electric folding and heated door mirrors.

Moving up to the mid-level Excite trim throws in a reversing camera, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic windscreen wipers and a built-in sat-nav in case you don’t want to use a navigation app via your smartphone. The top level spec is called the MG HS Exclusive, and this one comes with leather upholstery in red or black, all round sequential LED indicators that swipe in the direction you're indicating, electrically adjustable and heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, ambient interior lighting and a panoramic sunroof.

The standard colour scheme for all models is white, which means you’ll be asked to pay extra for any of a range of more colourful metallic paint including black, metallic white, red and blue all expected to be popular choices. Externally, all versions of the HS share MG’s latest grille design and octagonal MG badge, while chrome highlights on the grille, door handles, roof rails and sills add a bit of additional glitz.

MG HS prices

Considering its size, specification and style, many customers are likely to be pleasantly surprised by the £17,995 starting price for the Explore, while the £20,495 Excite and £22,995 Exclusive also look great value when you count up the cost of getting similar specification versions of the main rivals.

MG HS engine range

If you thought the MG HS style and spec was looking promising, things may start to unravel a bit when it comes to the engine options. Mostly because it's limited to a solitary 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, at launch.

You do get to choose between a six-speed manual gearbox and a dual-clutch automatic though, and the auto can be operated manually via steering wheel paddles on top spec Exclusive models. Those Exclusive trim 'DCT' versions also get drive modes, so you can select between Eco, Normal and Sport – the latter illuminating deep red interior ambient lighting.

The single engine produces 162hp, which is good for 0-62mph in 9.9 seconds and a top speed of 118mph. Fuel economy looks reasonable but not exceptional, with combined fuel economy figures of 37.2mpg and 36.2mpg for manual and automatic versions respectively - the lack of a diesel option severely hinders the HS here.

The MG HS towing limit is 1,750kgs - this is a reasonably strong figure but lags behind a number of the best medium cars for towing - but there’s no 4x4 option to help with traction on wet slipways or muddy fields.

MG HS safety

Previous MG models haven’t performed particularly strongly in official crash tests, but MG appears to be taking the HS's safety seriously with the addition of several new driver assistance electronics under the MG Pilot name.

Standard across all MG HS models, MG Pilot includes autonomous emergency braking. At under 12mph it will stop the car to avoid collisions with other cars, bikes or pedestrians. If you’re going faster the HS will brake by itself to reduce the speed of any impending accident.

MG Pilot also includes Lane Keep Assist, which will tweak the steering wheel to nudge you back between the white lines if your attention drifts. Blind Spot Detection alerts drivers to possible over-the-shoulder hazards, and MG Pilot also includes adaptive cruise control. It comes with an Integrated Cruise Assist system that will maintain your position within a lane with minimum driver steering input, while if you have the DCT automatic version you also get Traffic Jam Assist that will follow the car ahead in stop-start traffic below 35mph.

Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Open Door Warning are also part of the MG Pilot package.

MG HS interior

The MG HS has a spacious interior that’s more upmarket than the rest of the MG line-up, and it’s obvious the company has spent more time and money upgrading the HS cabin to a level where it can face up to some pretty stiff competition. To that end, the HS dashboard is trimmed with a variety of tactile and soft-touch materials with contrasting colours and trim accents. Its attractive and uncluttered feel are a result of many of the car’s functions such as climate control being activated via the touchscreen. Plump for a leather-upholstered Exclusive model and there’s really very little to gripe about at all – the cabin feel is rather opulent.

Up front, the occupants enjoy what MG claim is class-leading shoulder, hip and headroom, while rear occupants have reclining seats with their own air vents, two USB points and cupholders in the fold-out central arm rest. If you have an Exclusive model with a panoramic sunroof, the cabin is exceptionally light and airy too.

MG HS technology

The MG HS has a big 10.1-inch tablet-style display screen jutting out of the centre of the dashboard which immediately gives the cabin a high-tech feel. It's pretty user-friendly with easy-to-access menus for climate control, audio and sat-nav on the homescreen, and you get the benefit of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard so you can connect your smartphone via Bluetooth or USB connector.

This means you can use apps for music, navigation and messaging. The MG HS audio system features four speakers in the bottom spec Explore model, while Excite and Exclusive trims get a six-speaker system.

MG HS boot size

The MG HS is bigger than many other alternatives in its class, sitting somewhere in-between the Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Karoq in size, so you’d expect it to be pretty roomy – and it is. There’s generous head and leg room for both front and rear seats, although as yet MG hasn’t decided to make use of the space by offering an extra row of seats.

Instead, luggage space gets all the benefit, and with 450-litres on offer, it’s bigger than the Qashqai and a little tighter than the Karoq. Practical touches include a 60:40 split rear bench seat, but there’s no facility to slide it forward or back to adjust rear legroom or boot space. However the boot floor does lift up to reveal a storage compartment beneath.

MG HS review

The new MG HS has been broadly welcomed by reviewers so far, with praise for its practicality, specification and price, but reservations over its driving characteristics – the engine is not as refined as rivals, and the ride can be bouncy over undulations where others would feel more stuck the road. Watch out for our full test soon.

In the meantime, there are tonnes of crossover alternatives to the HS available now, from the super-popular Nissan Qashqai to the very practical Skoda Karoq. Click on the link below to check out the best SUV deals available now.

 

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