MG HS review - Reliability and safety
With a five-star safety rating, a reassuring seven-year warranty and improving customer feedback, MG HS ownership should be hassle-free
One of the HS’s more redeeming features is the excellent levels of safety in the mid-size family SUV, courtesy of the MG Pilot system fitted to all models. This includes Active Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist with a Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Intelligent High Beam Assist. The list is even longer for automatic models, which get Traffic Jam Assist and adaptive cruise control as well.
The MG HS was put through Euro NCAP’s barrage of crash safety tests in 2019, and was awarded the organisation’s maximum five-star rating for its performance. It received an impressive 92 per cent rating for adult occupants, 81 per cent for child passenger protection and 76 per cent in the safety assistance category.
The HS didn't feature in our latest Driver Power owner satisfaction survey and, while the MG brand itself had shown some encouraging improvement over recent years (moving up from 27th place in the 2019 manufacturers poll to 20th spot in 2020), it was voted into 28th spot (out of 29 brands) in 2022.
MG now offers a seven-year/80,000-mile warranty for its vehicles, which is able to be transferred to any new owner. In comparison, Kia also includes seven years of warranty cover with a 100,000-mile limit, while Skoda vehicles are protected for just three years and 60,000 miles
Service intervals for the HS are every 15,000 miles or annually, whichever comes first. MG service plans allow customers to spread the cost of scheduled maintenance by paying on a monthly basis, or a one-off payment if you prefer, and includes 12 months’ free MG Roadside Assistance provided by the AA as a little bonus.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe MG HS could well hit the spot if you’re after a keenly priced family SUV with great levels of safety
- 2Engines, performance and drivePower seems reasonable enough on paper, but the 1.5-litre petrol engine is noisy and needs to be revved hard
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsThe MG HS offers below average day-to-day running costs, and is likely to be more expensive to insure than many key rivals
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe updated HS has more presence than before, but its cabin and technology is no match for class leaders
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe MG HS offers plenty of passenger space, but its boot could be bigger
- 6Reliability and safety - currently readingWith a five-star safety rating, a reassuring seven-year warranty and improving customer feedback, MG HS ownership should be hassle-free