MG HS review - Interior, design and technology

The updated cabin and higher-quality materials inside help the HS take the fight to the class leaders

Overall Auto Express Rating

3.0 out of 5

Interior, design and technology Rating

3.8 out of 5

  • Cheap to buy
  • Good safety kit
  • Plug-in hybrid model
  • Not the most exciting drive
  • CO2 levels too high
  • Rivals have bigger boots

Taking a quick look inside the cabin reveals where MG’s main focus has been in developing the HS. The cheaper materials used in previous MG models have been replaced with decent plastics and there’s swathes of softer trim across the dash and door cards. Quality is much improved and any harder surfaces that remain are generally out of sight. It’s a smart look, overall, although some might find minimalism has come at the expense of utility as a lot of the heating and ventilation functions are controlled via the central touchscreen.

MG has ditched the previous entry-level Explore spec and now offers either the Excite or Exclusive variants. Arctic white paint is standard, with a further three metallic colours available at extra cost. 

Equipment levels are pleasingly high, with the Excite versions including 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, rain-sensing wipers, rear parking sensors, sat-nav and cruise control. Exclusive cars add luxuries such as heated leather-trimmed front sports seats, an upgraded audio system, a panoramic sunroof and a power tailgate.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

All MG HS models get a 10.1-inch colour touchscreen, with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay also included as standard.

While the sat-nav is okay, like the rest of the HS infotainment system, it’s a little fiddly to use. The same is true of the climate control, although there are a few physical buttons for shortcuts to key features lower down, which help things along more smoothly.

The touchscreen homepage features three large shortcut tiles that cover the audio, nav, and climate menus, each displayed with bright, colourful graphics, although the main problem is that it can take a long time to respond to your inputs, which is frustrating. But, at least it’s placed in a good position on the top of the dashboard.

You don’t have the option of a full digital dash, but there is a TFT display showing your speed. On the whole, when you consider the price tag, the set-up is fine, but it still lags far behind the tech offered in the Skoda Karoq and other class leaders.

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