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MG MOTOR UK HS HATCHBACK

1.5 T-GDI PHEV Excite 5dr Auto

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MG brings us its first PHEV. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the HS Plug-in.

Background

The Chinese are coming - with a little help from British brand heritage. MG is one of Britain's fastest growing car brands and its progress has been helped by an early adoption of electrified technology, first with the full-EV version of the compact ZS crossover and now with this plug-in variant of the larger HS model. This is significant for the mid-sized SUV market, which has seen a glut of Plug-in Hybrids launched in recent times, all at rather over-ambitious prices. This Plug-in HS isn't inexpensive either, but its £30,000 price tag makes it by far the most affordable car of its kind in its segment.

Driving Experience

Like the ordinary HS, this Plug-in version uses a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, but in this case, the powerplant in question is a fair bit more sophisticated. It's mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox and works with a 90KW electric motor hitched to a four-speed drive unit and powered by a 16.6kWh battery pack. Together, the motor and the engine combine to provide 10 electronically controlled gear ratios that seek to always provide the optimal gear combination. When the battery pack is fully charged, a WLTP-rated pure electric range of 32 miles is apparently possible, which in urban conditions MG says can be stretched as far as 43 miles. The Plug-in hybrid powertrain has a maximum output of 258PS and 370Nm of torque - sufficient to get the car to 60mph in 6.9 seconds on the way to a top speed of 118mph. Because this is a front driven-only model, you shouldn't expect to be able to engage in any serious off road shenanigans - the relatively restricted ground clearance doesn't allow for that anyway. And, given the extra weight of all that electrical hardware, you shouldn't expect ride and handling to be cutting-edge, though typical family buyers will probably be quite satisfied.

Design and Build

Visually, there are no significant changes to the Plug-in version of this HS - unless you spot different badging and the extra charging flap. At first glance, you wouldn't pigeonhole this as a model from a budget brand. In fact, there are elements of Mercedes GLC in its curved sculpted looks. At the front, the latest iteration of MG's stellar field grille frames the largest MG logo yet. At the rear, twin tailpipes and an aluminium lower bumper add a sporty finish. Inside, if you class match the interior against, say, a Qashqai or an Ateca, you'll agree with MG that space is class-leading. Headroom's good too - even with the panoramic sunroof fitted. Up front, there's a much higher quality dash than you might be expecting. The seats could be a little more supportive and the indicator stalks feel a bit plasticky, but that's about it on the debit side. There aren't many buttons, most features re-located to a large 10.1-inch centre-dash infotainment touchscreen compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In the rear, there's room for a couple of adults to sit comfortably. Out back, MG has managed to package in the hybrid mechanicals without a significant effect on luggage room and as a result, there's a decently-sized 448-litre boot - that capacity measured up to the window line.

Market and Model

Pricing for this mid-sized family SUV plug-in model starts at around £31,000 for the base 'Excite' version, rising to around £33,500 for the plusher 'Exclusive' model. Both get lots of kit. The 'Excite' comes with 18-inch 'Hurricane' diamond cut alloy wheels, leather-style trim, electrically adjustable heated front seats, auto headlamps and wipers, keyless entry, dual zone climate control, a 10.1-inch colour touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone-mirroring, a 360-degree parking camera and silver roof rails. The more up-market 'Exclusive' trim adds a power-operated tailgate, a panoramic sky roof, full-leather upholstery with ambient interior lighting, metal sports pedals, an electrically adjustable passenger seat and LED bi-function headlights with sequential LED turn signals. There's also an 'MG Pilot' package of camera safety equipment, including Active Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Detection and Adaptive Cruise Control. 'MG Pilot' also includes Traffic Jam Assist, which enables the car to automatically follow the car in front at speeds below 35 mph, automatically steering, braking and accelerating within the same lane. If the vehicle in front comes to a complete stop, so will MG HS, and if it moves away within a short period of time, MG HS will do the same.

Cost of Ownership

We weren't especially impressed by the efficiency figures of the ordinary MG HS, but of course with this one, things are vastly better. MG reckons this HS PHEV will deliver a combined cycle fuel economy reading of 155.8mpg and 43g/km of CO2. We briefed you in our driving section on the all-electric range, WLTP-rated at 32 miles - or 43 miles in urban conditions. That's of course when the battery is fully charged, a process that will take 3 hours when the car is plugged into a 7kW wall box charger, the type of thing that you'll need to get installed in your garage. What about other running cost issues? Well, like all versions of this MG, this one comes with an impressive seven-year, 80,000-mile warranty as standard - which is better than most rival brands can offer. You might be aware that rival Kia offers a seven-year 100,000 mile package, but MG still reckons its deal is preferable because it's backed by full factory support throughout, whereas direct manufacturer support for rival warranties declines the longer they go on. In many cases they don't go on too long. Many competitors still limit you to a three year back-up package; a few offer five years. MG does better: this is the brand putting its money where its mouth is.

Summary

We've complained for some time that pricing for mid-sized Plug-in hybrid SUVs is far too expensive. So the arrival of this HS Plug-in model is welcome. It's a pity that the asking figure couldn't have got closer to the £25,000 mark that was mooted when this car was first revealed at the 2020 Chinese motor show in Guangzhou. But around £30,000 is still great value when rivals are up around the £40,000 mark - or more. With other PHEVs in this class, you often feel that the manufacturers' hearts aren't really in it. That these variants are only really in the range to drive down the line-up's combined CO2 reading - and that the makers in question don't really care too much about how many they'll actually sell. In contrast, MG absolutely expects to shift this electrified HS in decent global volumes and has priced the car to do just that. Plug-in hybrid tech may not have a very long shelf life - some European countries reckon it might be banned by 2035 - but right here, right now, it's a great option for many family buyers. And if you agree, then you need to try this car.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeHybrid
Emissions
Emissions43.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed118mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 10.1" colour touchscreen
  • 12.3" Full digital driver information display
  • 360 degree parking camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Blind Spot Detection (BAS)
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Intelligent speed assist
  • Lane keep assist system (LAS) with Lane departure warning system (LDWS)
  • PAS
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Satellite navigation system
  • Traffic jam assist
  • Trip computer
  • USB mobile phone charging function

Entertainment

  • 6 speaker audio system
  • DAB audio

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Automatic headlights
  • Bi-function projection headlight
  • Body colour electric adjustable heated door mirrors
  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Front and rear aero wiper
  • Front and rear electric windows with one-touch up/down
  • Front fog lights
  • Intelligent high beam
  • LED centre brake light
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Silver roof rails

Interior Features

  • 12V power sockets
  • 2nd row 60/40 split fold seat
  • 2nd row seat with 2 stage incline adjustment
  • 3 rear headrests
  • 4 way manually adjustable passenger seat with height, reach,till and backrest
  • 6 way electric adjustable drivers seat + lumbar support
  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning
  • Front centre sliding armrest with storage compartment
  • Front headrests
  • Heated front seats
  • Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • ISOFIX restraints on outer rear seats x2
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Leather style upholstery

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS/EBD
  • Active emergency braking with pedestrian/Bicycle detection
  • Anti rolling protection
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Driver, passenger and rear seat belt reminder
  • Dual front airbags
  • Electric parking brake with auto hold function
  • ESP
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation switch
  • Front seat belt height adjuster
  • Front seatbelts (3-point + pretensioner + load limiter)
  • Front side airbags
  • Hill descent control
  • Hill launch assist
  • Rear outer seatbelt pretensioner and load limiter
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Alarm system and engine immobiliser
  • Keyless entry and push button start system
  • Remote central locking
  • Speed sensing door locks

Wheels

  • 18" Hurricane diamond cut alloy wheels
  • Tyre repair kit

Technical Data

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    16.6
  • Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Charge Time (Mins)
    420
  • Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Percentage Change
    0-100
  • Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Power Supply - kW
    2.2
  • Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Power Supply - kW
    7
  • Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Charge Time (Mins)
    180
  • Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Percentage Change
    0-100
  • Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Charge Time (Mins)
    Not Available
  • Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Percentage Change
    Not Available
  • Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Power Supply - kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charging Scenario 4 - Charge Time (Mins)
    Not Available
  • Battery Charging Scenario 4 - Percentage Change
    Not Available
  • Battery Charging Scenario 4 - Power Supply - kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Charging Port Location
    Right Side Rear
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • Usable Battery Capacity
    14.9
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City
    18.4
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb
    24
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City
    3.4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb
    2.6
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City
    71
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb
    52
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City
    44
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb
    32

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Emissions - PHEV

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb
    43

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1490
  • Compression Ratio
    11.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    74
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    86.6
  • Engine Code
    Not Available
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    10 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No

Fuel Consumption - PHEV

  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb
    1.8
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb
    155.8

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.5
  • Badge Power
    258
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TGI PHEV
  • Coin Series
    Excite
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    27A
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    6
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    15000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    80000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    7
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    7.1
  • Engine Power - BHP
    258
  • Engine Power - KW
    190
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    273
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    37.7
  • Engine Torque - NM
    370
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1700
  • Top Speed
    118

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    235/50 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear
    235/50 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    HURRICANE DIAMOND CUT
  • Wheel Type
    18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    Not Available
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1664
  • Length
    4574
  • Wheelbase
    2720
  • Width
    1876
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2078

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    37
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2196
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1375
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    448
  • Max. Loading Weight
    459
  • Max. Roof Load
    50
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1737
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.1
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Customer Reviews

   
Mike Lowe

Mike Lowe

"Have to give the whole team at Silverstone a massive 5 stars ( my wife would have given them 6 stars for having to deal with me :-) ) From start to finish a truly professional service for the three cars that myself and my colleges chose for company cars, working with Tom and Michelle has been a pleasure, speed of response to questions has been quick and precise. Thank you and would defiantly recommend Silverstone for your leasing partner."

"6 months ago"

Lewis Higginson

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"First time using Silverstone Fleet Management & would recommend them to everyone. Tom & Michelle were excellent. Both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Always keeping me up to date & nothing was too much of an ask. Couldn't be happier with my car & look forward to using Silverstone Fleet Management in the future."

"2 months ago"

Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"5 months ago"

Scott Wall

Scott Wall

"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

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