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MG HS Plug-in

The independent definitive MG HS Plug-in video review
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    By Jonathan Crouch

    MG brings us its first PHEV. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the HS Plug-in.

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 58

    MG was the first budget brand to embrace full electric powertrain technology. Now, it's also the first budget brand to offer plug-in hybrid and you can have it on the company's mid-range HS SUV, which we reckon is a very under-rated family crossover. It's quick and can be driven in full electrified form for up to 32 miles.

    Backgroundword count: 106

    The Chinese are coming - with a little help from British brand heritage. MG is one of Britain's fastest growing car brands and its progress has been helped by an early adoption of electrified technology, first with the full-EV version of the compact ZS crossover and now with this plug-in variant of the larger HS model. This is significant for the mid-sized SUV market, which has seen a glut of Plug-in Hybrids launched in recent times, all at rather over-ambitious prices. This Plug-in HS isn't inexpensive either, but its £30,000 price tag makes it by far the most affordable car of its kind in its segment.

    Driving Experienceword count: 204

    Like the ordinary HS, this Plug-in version uses a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, but in this case, the powerplant in question is a fair bit more sophisticated. It's mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox and works with a 90KW electric motor hitched to a four-speed drive unit and powered by a 16.6kWh battery pack. Together, the motor and the engine combine to provide 10 electronically controlled gear ratios that seek to always provide the optimal gear combination. When the battery pack is fully charged, a WLTP-rated pure electric range of 32 miles is apparently possible, which in urban conditions MG says can be stretched as far as 43 miles. The Plug-in hybrid powertrain has a maximum output of 258PS and 370Nm of torque - sufficient to get the car to 60mph in 6.9 seconds on the way to a top speed of 118mph. Because this is a front driven-only model, you shouldn't expect to be able to engage in any serious off road shenanigans - the relatively restricted ground clearance doesn't allow for that anyway. And, given the extra weight of all that electrical hardware, you shouldn't expect ride and handling to be cutting-edge, though typical family buyers will probably be quite satisfied.

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    Price:

    £29,995.00 (At 13 Oct 2020)

    £32,495.00 (At 13 Oct 2020)

    CO2 (g/km):

    43

    Max Speed (mph):

    118

    0-62 mph (s):

    6.9

    Electric WLTP-Rated Driving Range (miles):

    32

    Combined Mpg:

    155.8 (WLTP)

    Length (mm):

    4574

    Width (mm):

    1876

    Height (mm):

    1664

    Boot Capacity (l):

    448

    Scoring (subset of scores)

    Category: Hybrid, Plug-in, Electric & Hydrogen

    Performance
    70%
    Handling
    50%
    Comfort
    60%
    Space
    70%
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