MG6 IS SO LIKEABLE
THE MG6 DTi diesel will appeal to those who like a British-built product that's good to drive, inexpensive, economical and spacious. It's not the last word in cutting-edge styling but it's surprisingly self assured and very likeable.
The diesel unit powering the MG6 is no carry over from the old days. It's been developed and is assembled at Longbridge from a kit of parts built in China and it's a very sound addition to the MG marque.
The 1.9-litre DTi-Tech powerplant displaces 1,849cc, and features common rail fuelling and a variable-rate turbocharger and packs 148bhp. Torque? You get a decent 350Nm at just 1,800rpm and the six-speed manual gearbox makes keeping on top of it fairly untroublesome. It takes 8.9 seconds to get to 60mph and will hit 125mph, so it's far from slow.
While it's very difficult to design a family car that's at the same time handsome and original, you'll constantly spot different angles and features on the MG6 that lead to deja vu. For what looks to be a rather "quiet" design, it has a lot to hold the eye. The interior is cleanly styled but rather unadventurous. The main instruments sits beneath an enormous soft-touch dash roll top, though the fit and finish evident here has long since been eclipsed by the likes of Kia.
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Apart from the infuriating steering-wheel controls, ergonomics are decent and there's acres of space, both in the rear and the boot, which measures a whopping 498-litres.
The S version doesn't do at all badly in terms of equipment. It gets six airbags, 17-inch alloy wheels, a six-way adjustable sports seat for the driver with four-way adjustability for the front passenger, electronic air con and a stereo that has a US and AUX-IN connection. Fork out for the SE and you get plenty more.
Admission time. I didn't expect the MG6 to be anything near as class-competitive as it is, especially in diesel form. Okay, so it's a fair way off the European mark in terms of styling and interior materials quality but in the way that it drives, it's bang on the money.
It's big, easy to drive and seems well-attuned to typically horrible British roads.