Pricing for this mid-sized family SUV is pitched in the £23,500-£26,000 bracket for the conventionally-engined model. Automatic transmission requires a £1,500 premium over the manual. Pricing starts from around £31,000 for the Plug-in Hybrid version. Either way, that's good value, even if your point of comparison is merely a volume family hatch-based model like a Nissan Qashqai or a SEAT Ateca. But the HS is sized - and priced - to compete more with slightly bigger, more complete mid-sized SUVs; Volkswagen's Tiguan, Mazda's CX-5, Ford's Kuga and Honda's CR-V. Opt for this MG and you're looking at a like-for-like saving of up to £6,000 over something like that.
On the mainstream model, just one single 1.5-litre petrol engine is offered but there's a DCT automatic option and two levels of trim - 'SE' and 'Trophy'. Even base 'SE'-spec gives you bi-function LED headlights (with front and rear sequential indicators for the first time). Alongside air conditioning, satellite navigation, a rear parking camera with sensors, rain sensing wipers, keyless entry and a leather steering wheel. Plusher 'Trophy' specification also includes leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual zone climate control, ambient interior lighting, rear privacy glass and an upgraded 6-speaker audio system.
MG Pilot, the company's comprehensive package of safety equipment, is available across the range as standard - equipping the HS with Active Emergency Braking with Pedestrian and Bicycle Detection, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning System, Intelligent Speed Limit Assist, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Intelligent High Beam Assist.