Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A Lot, for Less ; THE GS IS THE FIRST NEW MODEL FROM MG IN YEARS AND WILL CERTAINLY MAKE AN IMPACT WHEN IT HITS THE STREETS IN JULY

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A Lot, for Less ; THE GS IS THE FIRST NEW MODEL FROM MG IN YEARS AND WILL CERTAINLY MAKE AN IMPACT WHEN IT HITS THE STREETS IN JULY

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ULLING over to the kerb to ask directions (no map, no idea where we were) the helpful granny knew the way.

PShe also spotted the new MG GS we were sitting in on the rst drive of the company's rst fresh model for years. And, she condently told grandson, aged about eight, that yes, 'it was a new sort of MG.' Well done gran. If an MG - long since built in China but designed in Birmingham still - is as easily recognised as this there might be a demand for more than the modest 1,000 the company hopes to sell here in a full year.

Two obvious factors will be instrumental in any sales success for the GS, latest entry in the SUV market where buyers clamour for something that looks tough and a bit o-roady but costs no more to run than a boring family hatch.

First possible sales clincher is the cost; with three versions of the GS priced at Pounds 14,995 (Explore), Pounds 17,495 (Excite) and Pounds 19,495 (Exclusive) with an automatic version of the latter at Pounds 20,995.

Each grade is several thousand pounds less than any obvious rival, named by MG as cars like the Honda CR-V, Kia Sportage and Nissan Qashqai.

at's an excellent start, as long as the MG GS does not disappoint on things like quality and the way it drives.

It doesn't disappoint on value for money. Even the entry level Explore has cruise control, alloy wheels and air conditioning, while the Excite adds DAB radio, Bluetooth and rear parking sensors.

No satellite navigation though, which is why we were lost. For that you need the top grade Exclusive which also piles on leather upholstery with electric adjustment for the front seats, bigger wheels, xenon headlights and auto dimming interior mirror.

MAJOR GAINS Every MG GS is powered by the same 1.5 litre petrol engine, with 164bhp and enough for a 118mph top speed and 0-62mph in 9.6 seconds, and driving through the front wheels only. …

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