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MG HS - Interior, design and technology

The updated MG HS has more presence than before, but its cabin and technology are no match for class leaders

Overall Auto Express Rating

3.0 out of 5

Interior, design and technology Rating

3.5 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
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The MG HS originally had simple, quite anonymous SUV styling, but this was worked on as part of a facelift in 2023, giving the mid-size family SUV slightly more presence with a larger front grille and a reprofiled front bumper. It also received new headlights, twin exhaust tips and LED tail lights. The updated HS also comes with a set of 18-inch alloy wheels across all versions.

Unfortunately, the majority of the interior design remains the same, as does the general feel and quality of materials. Compared to its rivals, the HS lacks the wow factor of the Kia Sportage’s cabin, nor does it possess the same functionality as the Skoda Karoq’s. Finding some cheap-feeling plastics in the HS doesn't take long, but at least all common touchpoints feel solid. There are also some physical switches on the centre console, which is never a bad thing, although a lot of the heating and ventilation functions you’re likely to interact with regularly are controlled via the central touchscreen, which might become awkward while on the move. 

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MG has adopted the same trim structure as the MG4 EV. That means buyers have a choice of entry-level SE or range-topping Trophy models. Equipment levels are pleasingly high, with base cars getting 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, a reversing camera, keyless entry, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, sat-nav and even hill descent control. Upgrading to Trophy trim adds electrically adjustable and heated front sports seats, dual-zone air conditioning, rear tinted windows and an upgraded sound system.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

Every MG HS features a 10.1-inch central touchscreen, and while it received updates as part of the facelift, we found that the system can still lag if you’re quick with your inputs. The display's resolution is merely OK, and the built-in sat-nav can be bewildering. Thankfully, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity are both standard-fit, and we expect most drivers will rely on their favourite media and navigation apps instead.

The infotainment system has a simple menu layout that’s easy to understand, but the climate control settings on the touchscreen are fiddly. There are a few shortcut keys below the central air vents, which help to navigate between screens more smoothly. 

You don’t have the option of a full digital dash for the driver in the regular HS; you just have analogue dials with a TFT display showing your speed and other information. The MG HS Plug-in Hybrid does feature a digital instrument panel, albeit one with slightly cheesy graphics.

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