In-depth reviews

MG HS review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

The MG HS offers plenty of passenger space, but its boot could be bigger

Overall Auto Express Rating

3.0 out of 5

Practicality, comfort and boot space Rating

4.0 out of 5

Find your next car here
Offers from our trusted partners on this car and its predecessors...
Leasing deals
Or are you looking to sell your car?
9/10 sellers got the price they expected
Advertisement

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, and there’s a digital driver information display behind the steering wheel.

Taking the step up to Trophy trim brings even more comfort and convenience, with electronically adjustable and heated front sports seats, dual-zone air conditioning and tinted rear windows. Spring for the automatic transmission in this spec and you also get a powered tailgate.

Size

Measuring 4,610mm in length and 1,876mm wide, 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 quite reach the height of the Kuga, either, measuring 1,685mm tall compared to the Ford’s 1,690mm.

Leg room, head room and passenger space

Rear legroom in the HS is more than generous. There’s easily enough for someone over six feet tall to sit behind another six-footer, while headroom is also decent. If needed, three adults could sit across the rear bench in reasonable comfort.

Boot

However, the consequence of MG prioritising rear passenger comfort over boot space is the rather dismal 463-litre load space – well behind the 521 litres offered in the Skoda Karoq or the Kia Sportage’s 591-litre boot. It’s the same story when you drop the HS’s 60/40 split rear bench, with the 1,454 litre load bay no match for the roughly 1,800 litres you get in a Sportage, Karoq or Hyundai Tucson..

However, the plug-in hybrid model offers even less luggage capacity due to the extra packaging needed to house its battery and electric motor. It has a 448-litre boot and 1,375 litres with its rear seats down.

Towing

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.

Most Popular

New MG2 will beat Volkswagen to the baby electric car market
MG badge
News

New MG2 will beat Volkswagen to the baby electric car market

MG has confirmed it is working on an entry-level electric car to rival Citroen e-C3 and new Fiat Panda
29 Feb 2024
Car Deal of the Day: Tesla Model 3 ownership can be a reality from just £238 a month
Used Tesla Model 3 - front cornering
News

Car Deal of the Day: Tesla Model 3 ownership can be a reality from just £238 a month

This hugely desirable used Tesla Model 3 looks great value at this bargain price, and is our Deal of the Day for 27 February
27 Feb 2024
New Renault 5: price, specs, launch and on sale dates
Renault 5 - front
News

New Renault 5: price, specs, launch and on sale dates

The much-loved Renault 5 is back in action as a brand new electric car. Here's everything you need to know about it...
28 Feb 2024