New MG6: less weight – more quality
‘Revitalisation’ must be a key word in the MG Car Company’s programme if the 2015 model year version of the generous MG6 GT is anything to go by. The sleek, fast back looking five-seat hatchback has dieted to shed some 75 kilograms. And the high efficiency 1.9-litre turbo diesel engine has become cleaner, producing a tax saving 119 g/km while continuing to produce a highly flexible 149 bhp.
The effect is that it is quicker off the mark, with a claimed 0 to 60mph acceleration time of a competitive 8.4 seconds, plus a claimed top speed of 120mph, and a reported combined fuel consumption of 61.4mpg.
It is obviously not evident where the weight loss has occurred but the bonus is an upgraded interior. It very clearly suggests that the product is closing in on a higher market class, though retaining exceptionally attractive pricing levels.
Driver vision is good, enhanced by a clear view rear camera screen that doubles up with the satellite navigation system. Powerful halogen headlights with a front cornering facility and LED auxiliary lights all ensure seeing and being seen.
There is only one engine available and it worked with a positive acting, fairly close ratio six-speed manual gearbox that complements the very eager power delivery. Yes, there is a degree of sporting character about this car.
That comment also refers to the ride and handling that gained the car the Auto Express magazine ‘2014 Best Handling Award.’ The ride borders on the firm and stable side, while the road holding and response through the steering wheel are most satisfying. In fact, exactly what I would expect from a modern day MG. Notably the suspension system is fully independent.
Hailing from a country that is a world leader in producing electronic items, I can appreciate how this MG manages to incorporate so much modern age kit. When you add items like a cooled centre box between the front seats, dual zone automatic air conditioning, touch navigation, heated/remotely adjustable exterior mirrors, brake pad wear warning system and even an electronically controlled differential, it is clearly evident that a major effort is being made to continue the MG marque as it should be.
This TL test car is the top specification model and for a similar mechanical package there is an entry level version priced around the same as a mainstream medium specification small hatchback. I am certainly greatly impressed!
Price £17,995 on the road.