MG6

9 Apr, 2010 2:09pm Ken Gibson

It’s the first all-new MG to come through the Longbridge factory gates in 15 years - and we've driven it first.

Verdict

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While the arrival of the MG6 is significant, there have been too many false dawns at MG to get carried away. There are still question marks over the firm’s long-term plans, but finally we have evidence that the Chinese-owned company has a real plan. The new car is light years away from recent MGs, and apart from a modern twist on the octagon badge that dominates the face of the MG6, there’s not much here to show us that this is the rebirth that enthusiasts are waiting for. However, that’s a good thing, as MG needs to reinvent itself as a modern brand, not a recreation of dated cars of the past.

It’s the first all-new MG to come through the Longbridge factory gates in 15 years. Not since the MG F was launched in 1995 has a genuinely new octagon-badged car hit the road. So, as we left the firm’s famous 

factory, with the latest MG6, it felt like the start of an era for one of the most famous names in British motoring.

The MG6 is part of a whole family of models due over the next five years. In addition to the Focus-sized hatch driven here, MG’s promising to build a large saloon and a Fiesta rival.

Video: watch CarBuyer's video review of the MG6

And we can also reveal a new sports car is in the pipeline.Although MG designer Tony Williams-Kenny is sworn to secrecy, he confirmed to us that both him and his team have got plenty of ideas and sketches for the next-generation TF. The latest MG family will replace the  ZR, ZS and ZT models that were cleverly rebadged and facelifted Rovers that ended production in 2005.

Which is why this motor is so special – it’s a modern MG, designed and engineered in the UK by Brits. Described as a fastback, it looks edgy and sporty – particularly from the front, with dramatic headlights that wrap around a thin grille. This new design is dominated by a big MG badge that leads to a much deeper and menacing lower grille, which gives it a distinctive face.

There’s a steeply raking coupé-like roofline, while at the rear you’ll find plenty of glass and well-rounded curves; these help blend European and Asian design tastes. In fairness, the latest hatchback is unlikely
to be instantly recognised as an MG. But the model’s sporty lines stand out, even more in the bright, burnt-orange paintwork, which like the model itself, seems a fresh colour for a new beginning.

On the inside, it’s just as hard to recognise the first car in years to leave the Midlands factory as an MG. Again, the octagon badge on the steering wheel is the only real pointer.

Much like the exterior, it has a mix of Continental and Far East styling about it. The centrepiece is the curving main instrument panel that stretches a long way across the top of the dashboard.

The cabin is comfortable, and feels well screwed together, but there is somehow a lack of sparkle and MG individuality. There are no such problems on the road, though, where the MG6 has all the driving characteristics you’d expect of an MG, it handles and steers superbly and the British engineering expertise shines through. The 1.8-litre engine is a heavily reworked version of the K Series engine that seems to go a lot faster than the claimed 0-60mph in 9 seconds figure. However, the engineers need to dial in a better-sounding engine note, there’s not enough drama.

Fuel consumption is around 38mpg, but there’s a new 1.9-litre turbodiesel due, which will follow late in 2011, and should have better fuel economy.

When it comes down to it, though, the Chinese-owned firm knows pricing the car will be critical to a successful relaunch. MG says it will be ‘affordable’. Certainly the MG6 needs to start  at around £15,000, and go up to £20,000, when it hits the firm’s showrooms in November.

If  the ‘new’ MG can manage that, expect a small but orderly queue forming at dealers soon.

Rival: Kia Cee'd
Sporty, good to look at and great to drive, it shows you how much has changed since MG closed its factory that Kia is a more established and credible alternative to the MG6. It’s sure to offer better residual values, too.

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This looks more like something Proton would produce or an ill-fated replacement for the Hyundai Elantra that never saw the light of day!

Agree with previous comment - if it looks the same in the 'flesh' as it does in the pictures it wont appeal to UK tastes. Typically like Hyundai's and the like wheels too small in relationship to the body. Urgh

Oh dear UK car manufacturers have got it wrong again. Why don't they research to get public opinion on styling - if they would then most people would tell them that it looks boring, uninteresting and definately not an MG. Looks like last years Proton. It sits too high and the wheels dont fit the arches and it looks like a Rover throw-back. Sorry I would like to buy British but not the pipe and slippers that goes with it.
Stratman

Oh dear.

I assume the photographe was taking the car from the best possible positions ...

Why do car stylist get things so wrong? It is as easy to make something look good as it is to make it this bad.

Will be a good source of engines for next generation of British kit cars though.

This car replaces the "star in the car" on Top Gear?????

First look I saw an old model Renault Magane.....

Sorry not even close to wanting one.

At first glance ... Mazda.
And the naming doesn't help.
MG6 (MX5 anyone?)
But 38 mpg from a 1.8 ?
That's where modern improvements show up.

Did they ply you with drugs before you saw this.....thing?

Drab, boring and un-inspred.

I was trying to like this, which was proving tough, then I noticed the old fashion rear wiper, what else is old on this car? Aside that, the styling is questionable, the head lights are sadly laughable too. The only thing I can see which is an improvement is the interior. The exterior team should be sacked! Good luck

Is there any wonder why MG and Rover collapsed? poorly designed, manufactured and over priced. For this car to compete, the pricing will have to start at £10k. At £15k who in their right mind will pay for this. Kia is now a better alternative. If you want to fly the flag, buy a Honda Civic, Nissan Qashquai or Toyota Auris, which are all made in the UK.

If you want to fly the flag, buy a Honda Civic, Nissan Qashquai or Toyota Auris, which are all made in the UK.... Shows what a state this country is in when to fly the flag we have to rely on Japanese car makers for exports!

If this is their vision of the future the designers should get out more and look round the local car park.

There is some Chinese blood running in this thing, in that it's a bit of a ringer for something else. The front, perhaps similar to a Volkswagen (geometric shapes, narrow straight grille), or a Kia (headlights), but I would look at that interior and think it was a Vauxhall. Also, as has been mentioned, the wheels are too small. Lacklustre, nothing special, not going to hold its value. Sounds like an MG Rover to me...

It is very sad but true - this is very definitely not an MG. It looks like a re-badged Proto or facelifted old Renault! Whe I think of the old styling of the MG Magnettes and TCs and all the other wonderful MG models of the past this offering now is terrible!

What makes me really sad is as with the Rover 75 concept which should have been on a 3 Series Platform is that its British designers and not Chinese that have created this terrible mistake! Tony Williams-Kenny and team should be ashamed of this terrible offering!

The new Nissans such as Qashgai and Juke and now Honda point the way! Its possible to put a beautiful stylish body on a low cost platform - see Karmann Ghia VW or Skoda - but MGs Longbridge team have completely screwed this up!

I am ex The Austin Motor Company and it really winds me up to see such new "bangers" being shown now as MGs! Who signed this junk off?

Oh dear! - "Described as a fastback, it looks edgy and sporty – with dramatic headlights that wrap around a thin grille. ...deeper and menacing lower grille...."

well the 'dramatic headlights' don't do it for me, while the lower grille looks as 'menacing' as a rice pudding...

a vaguely 'old Renault' or 'Nissan' look about it - so, back to the drawing board.

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If they just change the wheels and ride height it will look so much better. Quick photoshop -http://i924.photobucket.com/al...

If there is a four-door saloon and Ford and Vauxhall still cannot be bothered with booted models for the UK in this class, I suppose it will have to do.

What a truly dreadful example of lazy looky-likey design. Not a smidgin of original thought or design flair.

Who on earth does the company think is going to buy this? With the uphill struggle to reclaim any image of quality for the brand working against it too, this model was going to have to be a gem. It isn't!!

Reminds me of the second generation Prius with the high rear end and tiny wheels.

Not inspired at all, why buy this new car when you could by a more up to date car that is 4/5 years old and much cheaper.

Nothing special other than the badge.

...things started to go wrong for MG back in the old British Leyland days. If we look back at MGs from the past 25 years, we find the MG Metro, the MG Maestro, the MG Montego (three exciting, dynamic models to kick off with then), and the ZR and ZS (i.e. rebadged Rover 25/45s, which themselves were little more than tarted up 200/400s from the mid nineties, competing with new models from other manufacturers in the mid noughties). Was the admittedly attractive ZT ever a real match for able all-rounders from BMW and Audi? Even the MG (T)F was never a credible rival for the sports models of modern manufacturers. So, it seems to me that the MG badge was ruined long before this offering, and indeed before the collapse of the company a couple of years back. So, dyed-in-the-wool fans should have been mourning this marque since the introduction of rubber bumpers on the old MG B. The new owners of the ill-fated Longbridge plant should simply bury the badge rather than whip up this frenzy from those with long and selective memories.

BTW - I think the side profile looks like the current Toyota Prius.

what a shame -huge opportunity lost

Here we go again - building what you like without consulting the general public in terms what would be the best design. Has anyone else notice that car design has deteriorated rapidly in the last decade in the car industry - here is one of our finest example in the most hideous colour ever put on the colour spectrum. You wouldn't say the same for the legendary MGB roadster from the 1970's. I think british car designs has to comeback for the new age otherwise we are going to get prius look-a-likes everywhere - forget classic cars of the future - we're going to get crush and remake.

I think I have to concur with every comment made here thus far, it just isn't inspired is it. When I first looked at it i really wanted to like it. I think the coulor of this example is ok as various Fords and Vauxhalls have used a similar colour in recent years but compared to other manufacturers this just doesn't hack it. Someone mentioned a similarity to the Prius and I think they're right. I was trying to decide what it reminded me of when I first clapped eyes on it and Prius it definitely is. Now, in my opinion, there's nothing wrong with the Prius itself so why try and copy it. This isn't an MG that's for sure, even the ZR, ZS, and ZT were better looking even though they were just rehashed Rover 200/400's etc. I want to like the MG6 but I just can't see it happening.

I hadreal hopes that SAIC could revive Longbridge, I was just one of the 6,500 betrayed by the former management not sure that I have much confidence looking at this first effort. I sincerely hope that I am wrong, good luck anyway.

I actually quite like it, the only bits I don't like are the rear wiper and the small wheels, everything else looks good to me....

I would imagine it will look better in the flesh... a bit like the Punto Evo which is ugly ugly ugly in the pictures but it's nice in the flesh.... I wouldn't say this car looks ugly ugly ugly at all, can't wait to see one on the road or at the dealers...

At least it has a rear wiper and rear visibility ...... unlike the Honda Civic and it won't look dated as soon as it is launched... unlike the Honda Civic and it can't be built as badly or feel as cheap as the ..... Honda Civic... and finally you'll be able to see the speedo.... unlike the Honda Civic.....

Sod most of the previous comments that tend to get an opinion of a new car from photographs. As a truely satisfied MG ZS (2005) 2.0 owner I can tell you that I will be placing an order as soon as they are available. I know from experience about the high build quality from Longbridge and of the engineering excellence. I normally replace my cars every three or four years from new but such is my satisfaction and overall handling of my current ZS, I've been waiting for a new car from the famous old factory. I am difinately ordering one...

Sod most of the previous comments that tend to get an opinion of a new car from photographs. As a truely satisfied MG ZS (2005) 2.0 owner I can tell you that I will be placing an order as soon as they are available. I know from experience about the high build quality from Longbridge and of the engineering excellence. I normally replace my cars every three or four years from new but such is my satisfaction and overall handling of my current ZS, I've been waiting for a new car from the famous old factory. I am difinately ordering one...

Firstly, I doubt they care if you like it. It's meant to appeal to the asian market, where it will sell for a great deal less than what they hope some flag-wavers in Britain will pay for it. They may have changed the name (no longer Morris Garages, but now Modern Gentleman - I wish I was making this up!) but at least it will still have a Union Jack stuck somewhere on its bodywork. Of course its based on ancient technology, and badly built (pic 6 - exhaust is skew) so in essence it is a true MG.

If SAIC/MG think this is going to excite the public into buying a car from a practically defunct and horribly tarnished brand then they must truly be deluded? The fundamentals of the car are right and would have certainly helped MG Rover 5 years ago, but this is 2010, and the car looks dated already, the lights and front end is completely anonymous, the colour is vile and the wheels and back end are just totally forgettable. How are they going to save this disaster before it's launched? I'm a long time MG Rover fan but even I have a bad taste in my mouth over this debacle...

Sorry Longbridge, but you need to get your act together....poorly designed or should that be poorly thought out......i agree with most of the above....old Renault 19 springs to mind.....come on lads, lets get it right....i'm guessing that this isn't what the majority of UK drivers want.... stop living on past glories and get something fresh and exciting on the drawing board...doesn't even have to be labelled MG....If the product is right and the quality of build is there and its reliable, people will buy it...... or is that barking up the wrong "bonsai"...(see Japanese)...they started off by copying vehicles and look at them now!!!....... its not hard to understand.....scrap the design and start again....people want something different, to make them stand out, to make them proud of their car, but most of all make them proud to be British..........by the way, take a look at _v_andy_v_ photo bucket....looks miles better!!!

Sorry Longbridge, but you need to get your act together....poorly designed or should that be poorly thought out......i agree with most of the above....old Renault 19 springs to mind.....come on lads, lets get it right....i'm guessing that this isn't what the majority of UK drivers want.... stop living on past glories and get something fresh and exciting on the drawing board...doesn't even have to be labelled MG....If the product is right and the quality of build is there and its reliable, people will buy it...... or is that barking up the wrong "bonsai"...(see Japanese)...they started off by copying vehicles and look at them now!!!....... its not hard to understand.....scrap the design and start again....people want something different, to make them stand out, to make them proud of their car, but most of all make them proud to be British..........by the way, take a look at _v_andy_v_ photo bucket....looks miles better!!!

looks like the new shape morris marina but on a serious note it could of created loads of needed jobs for the car industry at longbridge what a shame it could all come crashing to a halt

It deffinately needs to go back to the roots of the MG that were being produced throughout it's previous life. I think if some bigger wheels, a lower ride height and maybe a boot spoiler were employed it might look ok. That colour does nothing for the car either, what's wrong with British racing Green?

O'h what a pity, it's right out of 1974.
This sort of stuff won't keep the lads at Longbridge working for long, unless they have plans to sell it in Asian markets..
How do they get it so wrong with a blank piece of paper to work with? It looks very much like a proton, I suppose It’s designed to please the Asian markets, and I 'll bet it's narrow too.
If I were the chief designer I wouldn’t want to associate my name with it, for fear of not getting another job.
What a shame, I was hoping for something to rival the Mazda MX5

That's what I love about you Brits! You have such a great sense of humour.....and having the ability to channel this humour into car design is just amazing! It should called the "MG Ironic"

I also love the way they use the retro mid 90's Punto calf poo metallic to moisten the taste buds!

Do only bitter old farts read Auto Express these days?

How about you all share with us an example of a car you actually DO like?

The contemporary Focus, Astra, Golf, A3 and 1-Series are no better. Toyota and Nissan’s offerings hardly excel, leaving us with the Leon, Megane and, for some, the Civic to exhibit any real flair - but they are hardly beauties.

And if your idea of a good looking car is stuck in the past then I feel it is YOU that is the problem here. MG/Rover made the fatal mistake of listening to such out-of-touch opinions in the mid-nineties, and what was the result? The retro Rover 75! A design so blatantly targeted at those living in the past that it’s strap line should have read: “Go-on - Treat yourself before you die”

Real MG cars started in the late 1920's and always had that little extra sportiness that set them apart from other manufacturers cars. Even during the 1970's they had a certain style and cache that appealed to the MG man. I can't see anything that sets this new car apart from the usual eurobox , 1.8 litre and 0-60 in 9 secs certainly aint sporting, The only bit that is MG is the Octagon badge. If MG are to succeed they need to look to the original concepts of Cecil Kimber.

I thought the Proton impian was bad. this is worse.

1. Only the British market insists on silly big wheels and low profile tyres. Then we complain about potholes and no grip in snow. I'm sure there'll be differnt wheels available for the fashion conscious.

2. We British only like grey cars. You'd all like this car much more if it were grey. You know I'm right.

3. If I'm to believe some of the comments above, putting a shroud over the rear wiper turns it from a dog into a cool machine. You get what you deserve.

4. Dump the dewy-eyed nostalgia. MG's from day 1 always were
either a) 2 seaters made out of Morris parts or b) 4 seaters based on a Morris 4 seater with mechanical, bodywork and trim changes. Nothing's changed here except the donor car is the Roewe 550.

5. The MG ZT was the best MG ever made because Rover 75 was the best donor car.

Like everything, it's all in the details and the smallest of details can make or break a sale.....

Some small details, in my opinion, need improving on to make it stand out from the crowd....

I hate grey cars btw...... LOL

Come on guys n gals, give MG a chance to make a comeback ......

i am confused i thought MG was a sporty brand,but in recent decades the diluted brand name has adorned such junk as Metro's Montego's Maestro's Rovers.The only exception is the MGTF which at least was a sporty convertable and also badly built so a true MG.This new car looks dull,that long sloping hatch is as daft looking like the Mitsubishi Lancer sportback is.It might look better if they do a more sensible estate or saloon option.The interior looks nice and modern whether it feels good is another question,i just dont see anything sporty about this car,the performance is pretty woeful.New car at this price should have at least a 6spd gearbox and be quicker. £20k would buy a much superior Skoda Superb vrs which is quick well built and proven.

....what a p*ss poor attempt. Ideal for 3 bob outfits like the Koreans but as a MG - NO WAY.

For goodness sake grow some nuts and design something worthy of the MG badge.

Winkers.

design fail much like the current renault laguna of which it shares similarities

Yeah, that's right woeful - but i'm not talking about the car.
will somebody please take away any writing implements from that god-awful sad sack Gibson. Every time I read a review written in clunky, ham fisted stylee, lacking imagination, flair or any vestige of intelligence, I just know before i look at the by-line, it's Ken...I'd take that Ssanyyongg Musso designed MG before insulting my optic nerves with his embarrasing uncle on the dancefloor musings.

This looks incredibly bland. It has no style or "edge". Cant see it selling!

Like scampi: the blandest thing on the menu.
Unless the range starts under 10 grand with a 5 year warranty, no one will buy this heap of clap.

The birtish knockers carry on. Give the new MG a chance. lets forget Leyland and all that jazz. its a new company and things will take time but it looks ok to me. We've torpedoed MG Rover, TVR, LDV and many more so lets give MG a new chance please.

Oh why do so many comments sound so negative. The car is a good first from the new owners of MG, has a good spec and from the information it goes very well. I like the look of the interior. I never buy new but it will be a contender for the future as a good second hand motor. The people who liken it to may others perhaps need to think about why so many cars have aquired the shape, perhaps its to do with efficient shapes reduce drag etc. We should also remember that the owners have helped to bring back a car industry to Longbridge that the government and others lost without a second thought. This has positive effects on the economy that wouldnot have been there if the car was built in China. I look forward to seeing this and the others in the line up on the road.

Well when the world cup is on and you stick your St George flag to your French junk and then come on here and have the audacity to slate this car. Remember why it looks the way it does; real patriots do more than way a flag once every 4 yrs. They purchase their country's home grown products. Like the French and Italians did back in the 80's when their cars were woeful compared even to Rovers. Because they did this Renault Peugeot, Citroen, Alfa and Fiat are still in business and the support of the natives gave them cash to build new models, invest in technology, advertising, state of the art facilities.

Imagine what could have been; Mg's and Rover's being built and sold all over the world, sexy, stylish, well built and bringing in billions to help our struggling economy. Or the reality; us all having to buy Euroboxes helping their economy and setting ours in a massive minus for infinitum!

vous n'avez pas l'air de l'aimer cette voiture? moi, je la trouve belle...
mon père avait une mg 1300 , il y a longtemps...
et , en plus il y aura du boulot à Longbridge?

Bonjour Frederic à vous à travers le canal. Votre père avait bon goût! J'aime cette voiture souhaite juste que les Britanniques avaient les boules d'investir en eux-mêmes plutôt que de laisser un autre pays pour choisir le peices de notre échec, l'industrie automobile encore une fois grande. Crédit à la française Ils viennent tout juste sur l'achat de leurs propres produits et collé deux doigts pour le reste du monde, très bien!

Bonjour Frederic à vous à travers le canal. Votre père avait bon goût! J'aime cette voiture souhaite juste que les Britanniques avaient les boules d'investir en eux-mêmes plutôt que de laisser un autre pays pour choisir le peices de notre échec, l'industrie automobile encore une fois grande. Crédit à la française Ils viennent tout juste sur l'achat de leurs propres produits et collé deux doigts pour le reste du monde, très bien!

If the MG6 is going to be built /assembled at Longbridge, I do hope they are not going to give the work to the clowns that assembled my MG LE500. I could write a book about the build quality faults of my car.
Give a "dog" a second chance and it bites your hand off !

MG used to be the quintessential affordable british sportscar, what were they thinking with this effeort? this looks like a nissan primera that didnt quite make it. Designed and built in britain, so were the marina and allegro, says a lot for our design skills, lets take it to a primary school next time and let the kids design it, they will do better no doubt.
This is supposed to save longbridge? all I can say is good luck, theyre gonna need it.

Saw one of these in white on the A51 going towards Nantwich on Sunday 15th August, it looked great, much much much better in the flesh! MMMMMMMMMMM

Oh Yes!

Just put a better, more integrated rear wiper on it and it will be great! That was the ONLY bit that looked cheap!

Very nice MG, very nice indeed!

WOW. What a flop. No chance for this car. Should I blame the new incompetent British crew or the Chinese who have no bloody idea about cars? Just let the brand die and dream of the good old times.
Never open Longbridge again!!!

the interior is by far on of the worst ive seen the car looks alryt but nothing specially would not touch this if the gave me a three one its gonna be terrible and only good for falling apart britain dont make good normal cars witch is a real shame however we make best premeum cars. DONT BE AN IDIOT GET AN ASTRA'FOCUS OR GOLF

It will be a damn sight better to drive than the latest Astra. I've had the misfortune to be driving one of these for the last month, as a courtesy (that's a laugh) car. What a pile of crap, it wallows along the road, the steering is vague beyond belief, the seat is hard in all the wrong places.

Other bits: the boot is too small, the interior is nasty and cheap, (marginally worse than the Focus), the mirrors are too small for safe reversing, the gear box is vague and third gear is often hard to engage. And the engine is too harsh it feels like an 80's Cavalier in every respect. New Astra - don't bother

The Golf is a good car, but not the greatest handling machine I've ever driven and too pricey for a poorly spec'ed car. And the design bores me ridgid too.

And as the new focus is too expensive for what it is and I don't like the look of the new one, plus Ford are tight on the standard spec too.

I will certainly at least test drive this MG6 and if it's good I'll buy and not be swayed by people who will slate it without even driving it. Of course if it's crap I buy something else, but you won't know if you don't try will you!

MG need to offer this car with a 2.0 ltr petrol turbo and a 2.0 ltr diesel as soon as possible!

It needs to offer a 6 speed box too

What a pity that the UK just gets involved with niche car markets & Formula 1.Looking at (& driving I have heard) this MG is the reason why we no longer produce good cars . Even older MG's were soundly beaten by Triumph.If I turned up & parked this where I work I would be laughed at all week.
If you want a stylish,family hatch look at the latest family hatch comparison-Mini/Alfa /BMW 123d-these in every aspect are so far ahead of this MG.The MG is sooooooooo ugly !

Yawn. This slab is wilfully dull. It has an Asian-clone shape, a typically modern interior as cheery as a coal hole and no discernable character. Only the colour shows any imagination. I will look utterly anonymous in silver. Shameful.

Really? It looks like a Korean design. Nothing wrong with that I drive a Hyundai. But why would you want to buy a car with a tarted up old engine a bland interior and a design by numbers exterior just because it has a, long discredited, MG badge? Mind you some people actually bought the City Rover so perhaps they will upgrade to this.

Just a thought but how will anyone be able to buy one? There is no dealership network

ok ok.this is the new mg like it or not.this is what there offering.i love the mg name its history and the rot that comes with them,lol.
looking at this i see a mazda copycat car.its probably a practical family saloon the may get away with the Rover name but not MG.sorry guys ,is the front end of a VW?back of a mazda and the middle well who nows.plus its got that k series engine well nown for the head gasket failure.so its going to be unreliable as well.auto express say 15 to 20 thou no way not for this 8 to 12 thou and poss .comon who so ever has any input in to this car scream and stop production before it starts your competiton is way ahead of you and all you will be doin is doing more damage to the once great name of MG.

The new engine is an N series engine not the old K series. Yes its an updated version, but its had all the updates that the engineers have wanted to do and should have done but were not allowed to do for one reason or another, usually cost. The other, all new engines look good though and i'm keeping a close eye on the 3's progress and wait with anticipation for more news on the new sports cars.

Its going to take time for the new cars and the compnay to re-establish itself. But i think that the future is bright for SIAC and MG.

The new engine is an N series engine not the old K series. Yes its an updated version, but its had all the updates that the engineers have wanted to do and should have done but were not allowed to do for one reason or another, usually cost. The other, all new engines look good though and i'm keeping a close eye on the 3's progress and wait with anticipation for more news on the new sports cars.

Its going to take time for the new cars and the compnay to re-establish itself. But i think that the future is bright for SIAC and MG.

The new engine is an N series engine not the old K series. Yes its an updated version, but its had all the updates that the engineers have wanted to do and should have done but were not allowed to do for one reason or another, usually cost. The other, all new engines look good though and i'm keeping a close eye on the 3's progress and wait with anticipation for more news on the new sports cars.

Its going to take time for the new cars and the compnay to re-establish itself. But i think that the future is bright for SIAC and MG.

Well, what can I say... Hmmm, it looks too conservative, a bit like someone always singing the 'safe' songs on the X factor but who in the end gets voted off! I like the long instrument cluster on the dash board and the VW basic, minimalistic, interior. BUT, the key to the 'minimal look' is a great body and yes, I'd have to agree with everyone else, it looks like a Proton! A well styled groove down the sides would make it look sharper even though the performance does match. I used to love the older Hyundai Coupe with its curves and sort of 'edgie', 'marmite', you either love it or hate it look. This car is TOO safe and wouldn't tempt me.

Ask most people, looks are everything! Most 'boy racer' cars have rubbish performance but look the part. MG's were never the quickest cars on the road and having worked on many, they weren't brilliantly built. But, what they did have was the 'fun' element. Remember the old MGB softtop driving down the road leaking water in when it rained? But can you remember the pride and excitement of finally getting a day with no rain and a big yellow thing in the sky when you could ride with the roof down?! or the little old mini 'rust buckets' that leaked water in but would turn every corner! That's whats lacking, fun, thrill and adventure. That's what the old MG's were all about, cheap and cheerful. Forever having to fix it but having great fun at the same time.

Look at the MGB and Midget. Totally distinctive cars in their time. You could recognise them immediately.
The MG6 is just another example of the homogenised, global production-line roller skates that pass for cars.
"Designed in Britain" means nothing if you have unimaginative designers. Take a leaf out of Alfa Romeo's book. Ok, they don't always get it right (Mito), but the 159, GT and Brera are real lookers.

This is not what you would think when you say 'MG'
You expect something a bit special!
It may have been designed in the UK, but probaly by Japanese designers living here!
The ZR / ZS & the ZT were lovely looking cars, although they were just re-badged Rovers.

But don't fear!

When the Top Gear team get their hands on it, their destroy the 'MG' badge like they did the Rover!
Although I like watching Top Gear, unless the cars have a minimum of 500bhp, and have six figures in the price, they'll rip it apart review wise.
So don't get to used to the 'MG 6' cos' it won't be around for too long.
Shame!

Dire, dreadful........doomed!?

As a previous owner of MGB convertibles and an MGBGT, I would have to say they missed the mark.

Performance of the Toyota Matrix is better and the styling and versatility would have been a better mark for them to shoot for.

There's a lot of the old SD1 in this shape which can't be all bad; especially if it brings jobs back to Britain. Give it hydrogen fuel cells or LPG gas options for sale and it could become very popular.

SD1? I don't think so.

Look, this is not a bad looking car, BUT IT DOESN'T MOVE THE GAME FORWARD IN ANY SENSE!!!

That alone means that it will be many years before they catch up with the Koreans.

Who are the new black.

Turd with wheels.

this thing brings back bad memories of the city rover - what a pile of overpriced c**p that was - an indian car pretending to be British - now they bring us a Chinese one pretending to be British.

...his trilby & driving gloves. Other than that, he looks like the quintessential MG customer.

apart from a few brits and some chinese,who will buy this car,i cannot see the germans,italians,french or japanese buying these.Will younger car drivers think i wanna a MG they are cool or will they aspire to own german or japanese marques.I think SAIC will have to have a massive marketing budget to get this thing sold.Kia and Hyundia have managed to turn a hum drum brand into something respectable and so has VW turning Skoda around so anything is possible.British designed engineered and built cars can still be decent but it depends on who is holding the purse strings,the Nissan Qashqai,Juke are 2 examples of british designed and built cars that are successful,they may be a bit marmite but they sell very well.

Maybe if they badged it as MINI6 or BMW 1 series, then AutoExpress would be more positive, and the comments would be full of gushing praise for how good it will be.

At what point did the media brainwash the masses?

............... and a 1980's frock at that!

And what will they use as a dealer network?

Such a shame

Their are a lot of things to be taken into consideration when designing a car does this one do it ,is it what people want time and experiance spent with the car will tell .vw beetle was,nt exactly beutiful ,mini hardly aerodynamic the list is endless which ever way you look at it the job of the designer is to design a car we never knew we wanted, MG Hmmm we,ll probably get used to it and in twenty years time swear it was the best car ever made

Looks too much like an Insignia to me, and the 1.8 is too dirty on C02 and not nearly as fuel efficent as i'd like.Hopefully the 2.0 turbo and new diesel will do the trick.Also i was hoping they would of made it more sporty looking rather than looking like it does, maybe a halo version will appear?

Few comments about getting customer feedback on design - this hardly ever works unfortunately, what people SAY they like are tried and trusted when asked in focus groups.When the product is then released for sale and the journos slag off the boring design and THEN the same people who liked the design in the focus groups tell us its boring - Not easy is it? LOL

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You can't polish a turd. And this is, unquestionably a turd. Appropriate colour too..........

front end megane / laguna / back end Vaxuhall / sides proton

MG should stand for My Goodness what happened

Well I test drove it and it was great: The doors had a solid clunck, the bonnet had two gas raisers, not cheap metal rod as some many prestige brands have! excellent boot and rear leg room, endless spec, superb handling, great steering and the interior is no more scratchy in lower areas than VW, Toyota, Ford and better than on the lesser brands. However the 5 speed box and 1.8T (N series) engine make it too costly. That said I may be swayed by the Magnette is it looks more athestically correct. My mate came with me (to take the mick probably) he is not a fan of MG in the slightest, he was massively impressed, said nothing but how great it was!

So before you lot slate it, drive one or shut up!

Hi ,having owned an MGZS 120 from new (2003) I was really looking forward to my test drive in the new MG6 ,however as great an MG enthusiast as I am ,I have to say that the new MG was very disappointing. To start with the it just did not seem very responsive whether this was due to Turbo lag I do not know , road noise was very intrusive, rear vision very restricted due to the sharp angle of the rear window, rear passenger visibility via the side windows restricted due to the high sill height. I felt that the interior was a bit bland and uninspiring
On the plus side ,the gearbox was very easy to use,and the suspension ride has been improved . So to sum up ,I was glad to get back behind the wheel of my old car , it may have its faults ,such as a very hard ride etc ,but it IS much more fun to drive !!
The new MG is just too boring ,its been sanitized and just feels like any other mid sized hatch back

By Al1947 on 26 June, 2011, 11:16pm

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For AI1947 - i cant see where you get that from, i owned nothing but Mg and Rover since passing my test in 1989, with two ZS's as my last cars, when i did a test drive in the new 6 i was blown away by how responsive it was, how quick, and in my opinion as a driver of many vehicals over the years from a Mini to New XJ's, the 6 is better than the old ZS, by far, especially in the fit and finish dept.

Hilarious some of the comments here - who's behind them? It appears most negative remarks about the MG6 have been made by people who have only ever seen the car on their computer screens.
I drove one 2 weeks ago at Silverstone, and although I only put in a few laps I came away most impressed. The hatchback looks 20 times better than the saloon and handles quite superbly; I found it impossible to get it to unstick in corners, hard though I tried. The gripes about the switchgear are becoming an 'urban myth'. Nothing wrong or cheap looking at all. My only criticism is that the car could do with more power and that the brakes appeared to have faded by the time I drove it, probably because of a hard day's testing. I will definitely consider buying one when it comes to Spain - whenever that is. Having looked at the drab Golf and tacky Vauxhalls - especially the interiors - and the truly ugly MINI Countryman, I think MG have a truly decent saloon. Unquestionably they need more engines and a greater production run, but the company can feel quite pleased with the car. I think it's a winner.
By the way 'Talnoy', if your choice in cars is anything like your grammar I wouldn't bother. 'Un-inspred', indeed.

Well jonboy, I will certainly not be buying one,I was really hoping that the new MG6 would blow me away, but I'm afraid it certainly did not. I wanted a car that shouted "Drive Me !!!" ,instead it just felt like any other hatchback ,in fact it WAS just another hatchback.
Maybe the MG Zero will be a bit more inspiring ,I really do hope that it is a really "Hot" hatch that gives you that kick in the back when you press the "Loud" pedal . We shall see.....................

A'l

Yes, didn't expect a pre-reg to become available until maybe next spring but got the welcome phone call from the dealer 2 weeeks ago and traded in my ZT to pick up my MG6 SE 3 days later. It's even better than I expected; drives great, feels great and looks great. Given a chance, it will satisfy a number of eclectic and discerning motorists like me :-)

Siac were knocking this model out under a different name and badge long before it was released here as a mg. it may drive well, but looks as stylish as an old Russian car. I have owned a number of mg cars and despite what some people say, in their day they were quite sexy looking cars, now switched to BMW since rover collapse, I'm afraid this mg 6 wouldn't make me go back to mg. The last zt's to roll off the line still look better than this does.

For anyone thats interested, It's a roewe 350 which they launched in china a number of years ago intended for a siac brand before they got their hands on niac. The roewe 550 is the mg 6 magnette. I saw these two models on the siac Chinese websites a number of years ago when my dad who is an ex rover employee showed me the cars re badged in china.

I found myself using one of these as a result of renting through Avis. Granted it's roomy and fairly powerful ... and now I've run out of compliments. The interior is just awful - the trim and switches look cheap and very dated; the gear lever obscures the heater controls; the handbrake is a joke. But the real problem here is the suspension - it is pathetic on bad roads (is there any other kind in the UK these days?) Badged as Chinese junk it would be bad enough; to carry the MG badge ... yuck!

I found myself using one of these as a result of renting through Avis. Granted it's roomy and fairly powerful ... and now I've run out of compliments. The interior is just awful - the trim and switches look cheap and very dated; the gear lever obscures the heater controls; the handbrake is a joke. But the real problem here is the suspension - it is pathetic on bad roads (is there any other kind in the UK these days?) Badged as Chinese junk it would be bad enough; to carry the MG badge ... yuck!

rowley32256 - your comments contradict most reviews. The handling and ride quality are amongst the best in class.

Key specs

* Price: £15,000-£20,000 (est.)
* Engine: 1.8-litre 4cyl, 158bhp
* Transmission: Five-speed manual
* 0-60mph: 9 seconds
* Top speed: 132mph (est.)
* Fuel economy: 38mpg (est.)
* Standard equipment: Leather seats, electric windows, anti-lock brakes, reach-adjustable steering, satellite-navigation, trip computer
* On sale: Now

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