MG HS review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
The HS offers plenty of passenger space, but its boot could be bigger
The HS offers great visibility for both driver and passengers, while MG’s strategy for loading the mid-size SUV with kit, means that family life is made just that bit easier. Useful touches such as rear parking sensors, keyless entry, cruise control and rain sensing wipers are all standard, while the steering wheel is adjustable for both height and reach to help you find the perfect driving position.
Taking the step up to Exclusive trim brings even more comfort and convenience, with leather sports seats, a power tailgate and a digital driver information display.
Measuring 4,574mm in length and 1,876mm in width the HS has a slightly bigger footprint than a Skoda Karoq, although it isn’t quite as large as a Ford Kuga. The HS doesn’t reach the height of the Kuga, either, measuring 1,664mm tall compared to the Ford’s 1,690mm.
Leg room, head room and passenger space
Passenger leg room is more than generous in the HS, while head room is also decent. If needed, three adults could sit across the rear bench in reasonable comfort. MG goes so far as to claim that cabin space is class-leading, and we’d have to agree.
Perhaps surprisingly, the boot isn’t such a strong area for the HS when compared to its close rivals. It has a 463-litre load space with the rear seats up, which is well behind the Skoda Karoq’s 521 litres and the Kia Sportage’s 491 litres.
Dropping the rear passenger seats in their 60/40 split brings a 1,454-litre luggage capacity, although it’s important to remember that the plug-in hybrid model is slightly down on these figures due to the extra packaging needed to house its battery and electric motor.
The HS is rated to tow a braked trailer weight of 1,750kg, so will easily be able to take a decent size caravan on a family trip. Bear in mind though, that the rating reduces to 1,500kg for the plug-in hybrid model.
In this review
- 1VerdictIf you’re after a keenly-priced family SUV with great levels of safety, then the MG HS could well hit the spot
- 2Engines, performance and drivePower seems reasonable enough on paper, but the HS 1.5-litre petrol engine is noisy and needs to be revved hard
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsThe HS offers below average day-to-day running costs, although the more expensive plug-in hybrid model brings better efficiency
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe updated cabin and higher-quality materials inside help the HS take the fight to the class leaders
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThe HS offers plenty of passenger space, but its boot could be bigger
- 6Reliability and safetyWith a five-star safety rating, reassuring seven-year warranty and improving customer feedback, MG HS ownership should be hassle-free