The first car associated with MG’s reincarnation, the MG6, was released in 2010 to a rapturous audience. Mixed reviews aside, the general feeling was one of comfort and familiarity with a Rover inspired car on the road – even if it’s all built in China and ‘assembled’ in Longbridge.
The first impressions of the new MG6 on the road is that it’s a very different kettle of fish indeed to the petrol version. The engine is willing, torquey and urgent; it feels as if it has remarkable poise on the road and after 3000rpm the turbo is more than there if you need it. Not surprisingly however, the car is more comfortable at lower revs, and is merely ticking over at 1900-2000rpm on the motorway. The heavier diesel engine hasn’t affected handling – the MG6 holds the road very well indeed and has an impressive amount of grip at speed. You can more or less chuck it into anything, and it feels a lot less wallowy than I thought it would. It was a pleasing sensation – this is no small car – but it felt nimble and precise.
What’s It Like Inside?
Having said that, it’s hard to pick MG up too much on this – this is still a fairly cheap car, and for the money you are getting a hell of a lot of it – as well as a much better than expected diesel engine. The MG6 diesel is a refined car, and although fuel efficiency may not be as good as its German peers, the car is more than certainly worth a thought as an alternative option if you have a lot of miles to cover. Excellent handling, a good chassis, an enjoyable engine and plenty of equipment and space make this a car to be recommended in many ways. MG may not be back with a bang, but this is certainly a step very much in the right direction.