The MG HS is a good-looking SUV, there’s no doubting that.
Sure, I mistook somebody’s Mazda CX-5 for it at a petrol station – they’re that similar looking in places, especially the grille – but the MG is still stylish in its own right. It’s a cute, sporty, and modern-looking mid-sized SUV.
The Essence is the top-of-the-range HS and it’s pretty much identical to the rest of the line-up, except it has a panoramic sunroof and leather seats.
The cabin is a plush-looking place, and the Essence adds the leather upholstery and front sports seats with integrated headrests.
Some materials feel good, such as the trim on the doors, but in other places there’s a cheapness, particularly the flimsy switches for audio volume and fan speed, which lack a quality feel.
My own family spent a week pulling and prodding at the HS’s innards, but I’d be interested to see how well the materials withstand constant family torture over years.