THE recently launched MG GS offers the most convincing entry price for the medium SUV segment in recent times. Shoppers driven by value should take note.
Starting at just $23,990 for the base model Vivid manual, the MG GS range stretches across a $11,000 bracket, topping out at $34,990 for the flagship Essence X variant.
There are four different variants in all, with two petrol engines on offer and three gearbox configurations with front-drive and all-wheel drive available.
The base model GS Vivid comes with a 1.5-litre turbo four cylinder engine, and a six-speed manual. Standard features include reverse parking sensors, Bluetooth, 17-inch alloy wheels, auto headlights, and 60:40 folding rear seats. The Vivid’s fuel economy is the lowest of the range, with an average fuel burn of 7.3L/100km
Next is the GS Core, priced at $25,990. The Core uses the same 119kW/250Nm 1.5-litre engine as the Vivid, but shifts gears with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. Fuel consumption rises by a small amount in the Core, with an average of 7.4L/100km
It also adds a hill-hold function, rear view camera, climate control air conditioning with rear air vents, an Arkamys premium sound system, leather-upholstered steering wheel and a cooled storage box as standard features.
The Soul sits above the GS Core and is priced at $27,990, with power provided by the same engine and transmission as the Core with identical fuel consumption figures.
However, for the $2000 premium over the Core it adds 18-inch alloy wheels, leather seats with driver lumbar support adjustment, an 8-inch colour touch screen monitor, satellite navigation, front fog lamps, and rain sensing wipers to the standard feature list.
At the top of the range is the GS Essence X, which has a 162kW/350Nm 2.0-litre four cylinder turbo engine and six-speed dual clutch transmission driving all four wheels (all other variants are front drive only). The extra weight of the AWD mechanicals and the greater performance of the turbo 2.0 means fuel economy isn’t as sharp, with an average figure of 9.6L/100km
Equipment gained with the Essence X includes Xenon headlamps, active rollover protection, hill descent control and a sunroof.
All variants come with MG’s six-year, unlimited kilometre warranty, with six-years roadside assistance.
MG GS Vivid - $23,990
MG GS Core - $25,990
MG GS Soul - $27,990
MG GS Essence X - $34,990