Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Lot to Live Up To

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Lot to Live Up To

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Byline: LEE GIBSON

AS THE first brand new car on British shores to bear the MG badge for 16 years the MG6, quite frankly, has a thankless task on its hands.

To live up to more than 80 years of sporting heritage and carry the hopes of countless enthusiasts is a tough ask indeed.

And for every fan keeping their fingers crossed for something worthy of the MG name, there is probably a sceptic lamenting the passing of another classic British brand into Chinese ownership.

Those all too eager to become detractors, though, will be disappointed I am afraid.

Because, while there is room for improvement, the MG6 GT gets a couple of basic things just about right, things that will be welcomed by MG drivers of old - it looks pretty good and it's good to drive.

Although manufactured by parent company Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation in China, the MG6 is shipped to Britain in kit form and assembled at MG's Longbridge headquarters in Birmingham, where the team that designed it is based. Sharp, angular lines give the MG6 GT a muscular presence while the low-slung front grille and air intake create a road-hugging look. Finishing touches such as a rear spoiler, alloy wheels and prominent MG badging all add to the sporty feel. All of this successfully brings the MG look up to date.

Settle in behind the multi-function steering wheel and there are some pleasant surprises, too.

The leather sports seats on this top-of-the-range TSE trim are firm and supportive but not uncomfortable, and the driver gets a six-way automatic adjustment function so they can get comfortable.

There's also oodles of room. Three adults will fit in the back with ease, although the piggy in the middle will have to straddle an intrusive transmission tunnel, and there's plenty of headroom despite the raking fastback roofline.

The boot is also one of the biggest in the sector with a capacity of 472 litres, plus it almost trebles in size with the rear seats folded down.

You get plenty of gadgetry for your money, with aircon, electric windows all round, and a decent stereo with USB and aux-in sockets fitted as standard even on entry-level S models. …

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