When MG disappeared a couple of years ago, we all thought that the brand was gone and was never to be heard from again. And then, all of a sudden, they pop back with the MG6 Turbo. A 1.8l turbo charged 4 cylinder saloon which is also available in a fast back.
To be totally honest, I didn’t like the MG 6 much when I started driving it, but after a few 100km it all started to fall into place.
From the outside the body seems big and the shape is pretty much new on the roads. People often stop and stare and come over to have a closer look. It is there where the battle is either won or lost. Face it, you either like it or you don’t and first impressions matter.
I don’t like the front nose area of the car, but over the last week or so it had grown on me and I’ve sort of come to accept it. The wheels, which are 16inch alloys are actually pretty tasteful and suit the style of the car. I do however think that they could have at least been an inch bigger to give the car a sportier stance.
On the other end, the rear, I absolutely love it. It’s sporty with a small boot fin and a nice tail piece. The MG6 Turbo badge just completes the rear and sort of tells the world that it means business.
The MG6 is fitted with a Tinkered (by the Chinese) K series 1.8 Turbo charged engine producing 118kw. This is mated to a 5 speed long ratio gearbox. The MG6 drives well but the only minor negative about it is that the clutch is a little too light and does not really have enough bite. Acceleration is on par with vehicles producing similar power and a 0-100kph is claimed in 8.3 seconds. There is a fair amount of turbo lag, but when it spools, you have the typical turbo kick, which is often missing with most of the newer cars today.
On the road, the suspension feels sporty but not too firm. It soaks up the country roads with ease and even at higher speeds there is still a good amount of damping. This car is would be a pretty good car for the open roads as it just seems to want to go on and on. Fuel consumption is pretty good too at about 8.2l/100km overall on our test. This included a fair amount of high speed driving. Top speed is electronically limited to 205kph.
The interior seems to be aimed at a younger crowd with a big centre screen which also offers navigation (if you have that installed) and an array of buttons controlling the whole multimedia setup. The steering wheel is a little busy, with quite a number of buttons and rollers fitted to it. All in all, it is pretty easy to figure out, but to my taste, there are just a few too many.
The cloth seats are comfortable and supportive and are also adjustable, up and down, forward and backwards. With the seats in the most rearward setting, I’m comfortable as the driver, and a tall adult will be comfortable in the rear; the MG6 really has a lot of space. The boot is a gigantic 472l and flip flat in a 60;40 split.
The MG6 is a pretty safe car. You have 4 airbags, driver, passenger and one on each side. There are also side impact bars. ABS and EBD is standard as well as traction control.
The MG6 as whole is a pretty good package. Sure there are some parts of the car which we can pick on, but as a whole and for the money, the 6 is something to consider. It looks sporty, goes well and is pretty good on fuel too.
The MG 6 needs to be serviced every 24 000km, yes you did read that right; Twenty four thousand kilometres. I don’t think there are many other cars with that sort of schedule and clearly MG wants you do drive the car instead of having it serviced every 10 or 15 000km.
There is a 3 year 80 000km warranty and a 3 year 90 000km service plan. A maintenance plan is available as an optional extra.
The MG 6 Turbo Fastback Lux retails for R239 900.