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First drive review: MG6 1.9D SE

BIK List Price
£18,020
MG 6 BIK list price
BIK Percentage
21%
MG 6 BIK Percent
CO2
139g/km
MG 6 CO2
Combined MPG
53.5
MG 6 MPG

Review

It’s been seven years since the failing MG Rover was split into Chinese ownership and almost five years since the MG brand returned to the UK with the back-from-the-dead MG TF roadster.

But it probably wasn’t until 2013 that the brand had any chance of appearing on fleet radars – with the exception of the short-cycle rental market.

The MG6 (in hatchback GT or Magnette saloon) body style was launched in March 2011 as the brand’s first all-new model under Chinese ownership, but has been offered with a diesel engine only since January of this year.

The 150bhp 1.9-litre is the first diesel engine from Shanghai Automotive, although it was developed and engineered in the UK, and comes with common-rail technology, a variable rate turbocharger and idling stop-start.

There’s 258lb-ft of torque available at 1,800rpm and the diesel is a responsive performer, if a little noisy.

The steering, although direct, is rather light, while the MG6 manages to feel sharp enough on the road without too firm a ride.

Standard equipment on this mid-grade SE model, which has a P11D value of £18,020, includes satellite navigation, four electric windows, alloy wheels and cruise control.

It’s roomy and comfortable inside, feeling large next to the C-sector cars with which it competes on price, although some of the materials don’t feel up to the level of quality offered in rivals.

Less impressive is its CO2 emissions of 139g/km – high for a modern 150bhp diesel – which compares poorly with the Skoda Octavia hatchback 2.0 TDI at 106g/km even if it is £2,000 more expensive.

The MG6 also has a four-star Euro NCAP rating, lower than most new cars in this class.

It’s possible to see the attraction of the MG6, a car that is competent in some areas. But only for an MG enthusiast who wants to keep the marque alive in the UK under its Chinese owners or where a trustworthy dealer with the franchise is located near a small business and is capable of providing the support for business vehicles.

But with fewer than 30 dealers for sales, and a little more than 40 outlets for servicing and repair, it is perhaps too early for a business to add the MG brand to its choice lists and expect it to have the appeal of established fleet players.

 

CO2 emissions
For a modern diesel hatchback, the 139g/km rating is far too high for the MG6 to be taken seriously, despite the ample 150bhp power output.
Fuel costs
A tad over 50mpg on the combined cycle seems unambitious for the MG6 diesel, when similarly powered rivals can achieve 60mpg and more.
Residual values
The MG6's relatively low front-end price does a little to offset the deficit in residuals it faces compared with rivals. A small dealer network and relative lack of awareness don't help.
Running costs
The MG56 remains a relatively expensive car for a fleet to run, despite its budget car pricing. Interestingly the forthcoming MG3 small car looks a lot more competitive on list price than the larger MG6.
Driver appeal
There may be some enthusiasm for the MG6 brand, and it gains visibility from its participation in the British Touring Car Championship, but most drivers would be happier in a rival product.
FN Verdict
Although introducing a diesel engine was a step in the right direction for MG, the brand has a great deal of work to do before fleets will take the brand and its products seriously.
Top Speed
120mph
MG 6 Top Speed
VED band
N/A
MG 6 Ved
Fuel Type
Diesel
MG 6 Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : N/A
4 Year 80k : N/A
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : N/A
4 Year 80k : N/A

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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