MG

 
MG cars had their roots in a 1920’s sales promotion sideline of Morris Garages, a retail sales and service centre in Oxford belonging to William Morris. The business’s manager, Cecil Kimber, modified standard production Morris Oxfords and added MG Super Sports to the plate at the nose of the car. A separate M.G. Car Company Limited was incorporated in July 1930. It remained Morris’s personal property until 1 July 1935, when he sold it to his holding company, Morris Motors Limited.

MG has been passed around over the years, in 1992 following the callopse of Austin Rover MG became part of The Rover Group, initially State owned then by British Aerospace (BAe) from 1988 to 1994. In 1994, BAe sold the remaining car business of Rover Group plc to BMW. The group was then broken up in 2000, when Ford acquired the Land Rover division, with the Rover and MG marques continuing with the much smaller MG Rover Group, the company folded in until 2006 when ownership was passed to Nanjing Automobile Group which then became a subsidiary of SAIC Motor (the present owner) in 2007.

 

 

 

MG3

The MG3 offers good looks, space, five doors and lots of equipment without breaking the bank. The single engine is a 1.5 litre, 5 speed manual, petrol with 105 bhp that takes 10.4 seconds to sprint from 0-60mph and returns a claimed 43.3 miles per gallon. Exclusive Nav offers an 8-inch colour touchscreen, satellite navigation, cruise control, 6 speaker audio system, sports seats, 16 inch alloy wheels and a rear parking camera. The boot offers 285 litres of space which is comparable to the class leaders.

Spring Best Buy – MG3 Exclusive nav 1.5 petrol (105bhp) Manual  – Nil Advance Payment  (£74.80 wpms)

 

 

 

MG4 

The MG4 is a fully electric car, similar in size to a Volkswagen Golf, Ford Puma and electric cars Hyundai Kona and Volkswagen ID3 (no longer on the Scheme). The sloping sleek lines lead to small rear windows and rear passenger space, while adequate, is not class leading. The boot is a competitive 363 litres but down on the Renault Megane at 440 litres. Two battery sizes the 51kWh offers a claimed range of 217 miles while the ‘long range’ car has a 64kWh battery that increases the range to a claimed 280 miles. Standard Range cars use a 170hp electric motor on the rear axle, with Long Range models upping the power to 203hp. Two trim lines; SE which has a 10.25-inch infotainment system along with MG Pilot — which includes adaptive cruise control. You’ll also get a 7.0-inch digital driver’s display. Trophy trim adds heated front seats and steering wheel, 6 speaker stereo with 3D sound, wireless phone charging, 360 degree camera, rear privacy glass and electric controls for drivers seat.

Prices for the 51kWh battery car are £799 Advance Payment in SE trim. The 64kWh ‘long range’ battery is £999 Advance Payment in SE trim or £1999 AP in Trophy trim

 

 

 

ZS

The compact SUV has a 448 litre boot an 8 inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay link. The 1.5 petrol manual car with 105bhp and 5 gears (49.6 mpg) is eclipsed by the 109bhp 1.0 three cylinder (Vauxhall shared) 6 speed manual / automatic that returns 44.9 mpg. The interior is reasonably well appointed with soft-touch materials on the upper section of the dashboard, but you can tell where costs have been contained. There’s no reach adjustment for the steering wheel, for instance, and you won’t have to look hard to find brittle, scratchy plastics. Excite Trim comes with DAB radio, Apple CarPlay, climate control, cruise control heated wing mirrors, front fog lights and 17 inch alloys, while the range-topping Exclusive model adds rear parking sensors, leatherette upholstery and a reversing camera.

Spring Best Buy – MG ZS Excite (105bhp 1.5 litre petrol) Manual  –  £299 Advance Payment (£76.78 wpms) or £599 (£78.60) in Exclusive trim

Spring Best Buy – MG ZS Exclusive (109bhp 1.0 litre petrol) Manual  –  £699 Advance Payment (£79.20 wpms)

Spring Best Buy – MG ZS Exclusive (109bhp 1.0 litre petrol) Automatic  –  £999 Advance Payment (£79.20 +£334 wpms)

 

 

 

HS

The MG HS was developed in Longbridge and built in China, it boasts a 450 litre boot and room for five adults. Powered by a 1.5 litre petrol, six speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic that produces good power at 160 bhp (0-62 in 9.9 seconds) but the fuel economy is a tad disappointing at 37.2 miles per gallon.  Two trims, Excite and Exclusive both well equipped but the Exclusive has nice touches such as dual zone air conditioning, heated front seats and a 6 speaker audio system with 3D sound.

Prices for Q2 Spring 2023 have remained stable in the face of rising costs all around. The manual cars are £399 Advance Payment in Excite and £749 in Exclusive and as an auto £899 and £1249 Advance Payment for the two trims.

 

 

 

MG5

The MG5 is the only electric estate car avaialble on the Scheme, the 479 litre boot and easy access are a bonus to those that need to load and unload equipment frequently.  The 61kWh battery offers a claimed range of 235 miles and paired to a 115kW motor offers excellent performance, 0-62 in 7.7 seconds and a top speed of 124 miles per hour. The maximum charge rate is 87kW DC which can recharge the battery from 10-80% in 42 minutes at a suitable fast charger. A home charge from empty to full at a 7.4kWh AC point will take 9 hours 15 minutes. The sole trim on the Scheme is the top ‘Trophy’ which has a 10.25 infotainment screen, a 7 inch drivers display, heated front seats, auto air conditioning, 360 degree camera, MG pilot and rear privacy glass. The problem we have is with the price, the £4999 Advance Payment is simply uncompetitive, we would expect this to be reduced considerably in next quarter pricing.