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Обзор MG HS 2019

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В Индии 15 мая 2019 года состоялась премьера среднеразмерного кроссовера MG Hector, который поступит в продажу в начале июня текущего года. По сути новый MG Hector 2019-2020 года является модернизированной версией китайского кроссовера Baojun 530, хотя компания MG Motor данный факт замалчивает.

Дизайн кузова MG HS

Сразу стоит заметить, что MG HS стал флагманом не только новой линейки, включающей в себя уже три модели, но и всей компании. Производитель возлагает большие надежды на автомобиль, внешность которого получилась весьма привлекательной. Передняя часть кузова действительно завораживает – обтекаемая форма и мощная фальшрадиаторная решетка (по форме – перевернутая трапеция) с ячеистым узором и крупным значком бренда чуть выше центра.

По бокам решетки расположились удлиненные и узкие фары головного света, обрамленные мощной светодиодной оптикой. Ниже – в специально отведенных секциях – разместились крупные контуры противотуманных фар. Интересно, что внутри они будто бы полые и невероятно глубокие – дизайнеры создали своеобразную игру света, будто бы он пропадает в глубоком тоннеле. Передний бампер же получил стильную рельефную отделку.

Корма кроссовера смотрится не менее восхитительно. Ее верх венчает средних размеров спойлер, но на фоне небольшого стекла дверцы багажного отделения смотрится он весьма массивно.

Ниже можно узреть крупный корпус задней части автомобиля – его квадратный силуэт, испещренный дизайнерскими замыслами. Так, Габаритные огни, подобно головным, получили удлиненную и зауженную форму. Ближе к заднему бамперу кузов автомобиля выступает наружу, а сам бампер получил мощный акцент в виде пластиковой защиты и двух крупных овальных выхлопных труб.

Сбоку MG HS демонстрирует всю свою мощь и в то же время изящество. Передняя часть имеет невероятно строгую вертикальную линию границы, а задняя, напротив – получилась весьма рельефной. Боковые двери заимели небольшое дизайнерское углубление, которое весьма контрастно и эффектно смотрится на фоне выступающих передних и задних крыльев. К тому же колесные арки кроссовера получили ту же геометрическую точность – идеальный размер радиуса.

Reliability of a MG MG HS 4/5

MG sells cars in relatively small numbers, which means it doesn’t shown up on most industry performance studies. However, the company’s cars have moved forward in quality dramatically in recent years and some studies have shown encouraging performances in newer models. It’s worth noting too that the company offers a massive seven-year, 80,000-mile warranty on the HS, which only Kia can better with its seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty on the Sportage. At the very least, that shows a confidence than its cars will last.

New MG HS 2019 review

With each new MG model, the brand takes a little step closer to the established makers. The HS delivers passenger space, a seven-year warranty and a purchase price to set it apart from most rivals, while the interior design and quality are a big improvement over previous MGs, too. However, there’s still plenty of work to do from a driving point of view: in terms of ride, handling, and particularly engine refinement, it’s a long way off the class best.

This is the new MG HS: the latest SUV from the rejuvenated MG brand. Competitive prices and a huge seven-year warranty have seen the latest models gain popularity, with the electric ZS EV in particular showing huge promise: MG took roughly 2,000 orders in the first month.

But moving into larger vehicles can be more challenging. Buyers demand something that looks and feels posher – and with such a huge amount of choice in the mid-size SUV class, the HS has a lot to prove. So does this new MG have what it takes to become a credible rival for the Nissan Qashqai or the Skoda Karoq?

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To start with, MG is keeping the HS range simple. There are three trim levels and one engine – a turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol – offered with a choice of six-speed manual and seven-speed dual clutch automatic gearboxes.

The styling is pretty simple, too. The front bears the family MG look, but applied to a broader, squarer shape. It’s not particularly distinctive, but Peugeot 3008 aside, not much in this segment is.

Against the tape measure, it falls between the Qashqai and Karoq for length, while it’s within a couple of milimetres of the Skoda for both width and height. MG reckons that cabin space is class-leading, and we’d have to agree. Legroom is generous, headroom is more than adequate and, while we didn’t sit three people across the back bench, the numbers suggest it’ll be one of the best in this area, too. At 450 litres, the boot is larger than the Qashqai, but smaller than the Skoda.

Up front, MG has listened to criticisms about cheap-feeling materials in its other models. The result is really quite pleasing: squidgy plastics and leather-effect trims cover most surfaces, and any hard plastics that remain tend to be either out of sight or out of reach. Overall, it’s smart and minimalist inside.

Perhaps too minimalist in some areas. The few physical switches you’ll find – like the toggle-like switches below the centre vents – look great, but there aren’t many of them. Pretty much all of the heating and ventilation functions must be adjusted through the touchscreen.

The 10.1-inch infotainment unit’s home page has three large shortcut tiles for audio, nav, and climate menus, each displayed with bright, colourful graphics. However, dive into the menus and some functions can be just a little fiddly compared to the best systems in rival offerings.

So far, so good, but out on the road things start to come unstuck. The MG HS’s chassis can’t match the mix of comfort and handling that you get from, say, a Karoq. Across broken tarmac and over small bumps, the suspension feels firm and fidgety, which you’d expect might give a degree of body control at higher speeds, but that isn’t the case. Longer, larger undulations cause the body to bounce and wallow. The steering is quite vague off centre, but has decent weighting.

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The biggest letdown, however, is the engine. On paper, the 1.5 turbo’s 160bhp and 250Nm of torque look impressive. However, it doesn’t feel that fast on the road, and Nissan’s 1.3-litre Qashqai and the Karoq’s 1.5 TSI are both roughly a second quicker to 62mph, despite claimed outputs of 138bhp and 148bhp respectively.

While the performance will still be adequate enough for most, unfortunately the refinement isn’t. The HS is noisy even under gentle acceleration, and around 4,000rpm it becomes genuinely unpleasant. You can still hear it at motorway speeds – this despite the fact that wind and suspension noise are fairly intrusive, too.

Based on an indicated fuel economy in the mid thirties, the HS is thirstier than rivals, despite giving away some performance. CO2 emissions of 148g/km for manual cars, means at least 24g/km more than the equivalent Qashqai or Karoq.

That manual gearbox is fairly slick. The auto, meanwhile, takes some of the edge off the engine’s harshness, but it’s very slow to kick down, and low-speed manoeuvering can be jerky. You do get a red button which hangs below the steering wheel spoke though (just like the starter on an Audi R8 — but in a family SUV) which engages a “Super Sport” mode; sharpening the throttle response and making the interior ambient lighting glow red.

Not the most necessary feature that the HS offers, but then there are loads to choose from. The lead-in Explore trim gets standard active emergency braking with pedestrian detection, cruise control with lane keep assist, 17-inch alloy wheels, leather-effect upholstery, air con and that 10.1-inch touchscreen (less the built-in navigation, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included) for just £17,995. A similarly-equipped Qashqai costs a couple of grand more.

It’s cheap enough, in fact, that MG reckons most people will skip the middling Excite trim and head straight for the top spec Exclusive. It adds leather upholstery, LED headlights, a rear parking camera and a panoramic sunroof, yet still only costs £22,995 for the manual (or £24,495 for the auto).

The question is, whether there are enough SUV customers out there that think the HS is cheap enough to forgive some pretty obvious flaws.

Ежедневные расходы, безопасность

Расходная часть, это то место, где HS действительно вступает в свои права. Несмотря на размеры, аналогичные Mazda CX-5, самая дешёвая комплектация значительно уступает в цене гораздо меньшему Volkswagen T-Roc. Даже эксклюзивная комплектация с полным фаршем дешевле, чем начальные версии Skoda Kodiaq и Peugeot 5008.

Все версии хорошо оснащены: даже в базовой комплектации Explore есть такие фишки, как бесключевой доступ, автоматическое переключение фар, регулируемая поясничная опора, круиз-контроль и автоматическое затемнение зеркала заднего вида. Отделка Mid-spec Excite увеличивает размер легкосплавных колёс с 17 до 18 дюймов, добавляет чувствительные к дождю дворники и вводит опцию автоматической коробки. Если вы хотите двухзонный климат-контроль, светодиодные фары и электрические кожаные сиденья, вам понадобится эксклюзивная отделка топового уровня.

Что касается топливной экономичности, то официально HS в среднем кушает шесть с половиной литров на 100 километров, что вполне сносно для SUV класса такого размера. Euro NCAP еще не проверял HS на безопасность, но все версии получили достаточное количество систем безопасности, как активной, так и пассивной.

MG HS interior

The MG HS has a spacious interior that’s more upmarket than the rest of the MG line-up, and it’s obvious the company has spent more time and money upgrading the HS cabin to a level where it can face up to some pretty stiff competition. To that end, the HS dashboard is trimmed with a variety of tactile and soft-touch materials with contrasting colours and trim accents. Its attractive and uncluttered feel are a result of many of the car’s functions such as climate control being activated via the touchscreen. Plump for a leather-upholstered Exclusive model and there’s really very little to gripe about at all – the cabin feel is rather opulent.

Up front, the occupants enjoy what MG claim is class-leading shoulder, hip and headroom, while rear occupants have reclining seats with their own air vents, two USB points and cupholders in the fold-out central arm rest. If you have an Exclusive model with a panoramic sunroof, the cabin is exceptionally light and airy too.

Технические характеристики

Новинка создана на базе Roewe RX5. Схема подвесок следующая: МакФерсон установлен на передней оси, «многорычажка» — на задней. При этом разработчики сместили акцент в пользу управляемости, перенастроив стойки амортизаторов, рулевое управление.

Длина (мм)

Ширина (мм)

Высота (мм)

По умолчанию кроссовер комплектуется бензиновым силовым агрегатом 1.5 литра с наддувом, мощность которого состалвяет 170 «лошадей». Он сочетается с механической трансмиссией на шесть ступеней либо семидиапазонным «роботом».

Альтернативой базовому мотору выступает 231-сильная турбоустановка 2.0 литра. Она трудится в тандеме с роботизированной коробкой на шесть передач.

MG HS 2020 Review

Built to compete in the mid-size SUV cage fight, the Mazda CX-5-sized 2020 MG HS arrives packed to the gills. Its high level of standard equipment includes a high-spec cabin, smartphone connectivity and a comprehensive electronic safety suite including adaptive cruise control and autonomous emergency braking – even for the $30,990 drive-away MG HS Vibe base grade. Decent on-road manners, a five-star safety rating and good looks inside and out give this new turbo-four SUV the potential to change the way many Australian buyers view Chinese-built cars.

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MG upgrades its SUV line up

The 2020 MG HS mid-size SUV is bigger than the ZS and replaces the GS. Which won’t mean a lot to most people who have yet to see an MG SUV, let alone sit in or own one.

But the new HS has the potential to significantly widen the recognition and appeal of the Chinese-based brand Down Under.

The new five-seater is the biggest SUV from MG yet – and it’s right-sized to compete in arguably Australia’s most hard-fought new-vehicle segment: medium SUVs.

There, the likes of Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4 command the lion’s share of sales. MG is realistic about its chances of stealing customers from those top-sellers, but it’s keen to nip at the heals of many of the other cars that generate decent volumes in that part of the marketplace.

In the last three years, the marque has grown its footprint significantly in Australia. Wholly factory-owned and operated, the MG Motor Australia operation broke into the Aussie top-20 in 2019, when it delivered more than 8300 vehicles.

That’s more than brands like Jeep, Skoda and Volvo – and more than Peugeot, Citroen and MINI put together.

It’s hungry for growth but talks a solid game in terms of dealer profitability and long-term customer satisfaction. The arrival of the 2020 MG HS is a step change, insiders say, and given the segment’s popularity it should cement a place as the marque’s best-selling model.

How much does the MG HS cost?

To set the MG HS up to succed, MG Motor Australia has landed it packed to the gunwales with standard equipment and, for the time being at least, limited the choice to one mechanical spec in just two aggressively priced model grades.

Offered in front-drive, seven-speed auto guise only and powered by a 119kW/250Nm turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, the 2020 MG HS starts from just $30,990 drive-away.

That buys you the entry-level Vibe variant, with the high-spec Excite version priced just $3000 higher.

Even at base grade the new 2020 MG HS comes equipped with the brand’s full MG Pilot active safety suite. This system includes autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with cyclist and pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control and traffic jam assist with steering input, plus lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, speed sign recognition, automated speed regulation, automatic high-beam, a reversing camera and rear parking sensors.

To the best of my knowledge, it’s the first SUV in this price segment to deliver such a comprehensive safety offer. And it’s made all the more impressive by the fact the 2020 MG HS has also been awarded a five-star ANCAP safety rating – assessed against the most recent protocols.

Detailed scoring based on Euro NCAP testing was 92% adult, 83% child, 64% VRUP and 77% safety assist. For the record ENCAP stated: “MG HS scored well, yet concerns were noted for chest protection of the driver in the oblique pole test and head protection for older children in the side impact test.”

The MG HS Vibe also comes equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels with Maxis Bravo 215/60 R17 rubber, LED daytime running lights and tail-lights, fog lights, a 10.1-inch centre touch-screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, four USB ports (two in the front row, two in the second row), keyless entry and start, leather-accented trim and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The cabin itself also features soft-trimmed dash and instrument binnacle and a combination analogue and digital instrument package. A space-saver spare tyre is standard on all variants.

The Excite model adds dual-zone climate control, 18-inch alloys with Michelin 235/50 R18 tyres, LED headlights with dynamic indicators, puddle lights, rain-sensing wipers, native sat-nav and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

There’s also a sport driving mode (via an Alfa Romeo-style steering wheel button) which MG says sharpens the car’s key controls.

Family buyers will likely appreciate the power tailgate – yes, at less than $34K drive-away. Odd exclusions on both models is the lack of any electric seat adjustment or seat heating or cooling. Digital radio is also absent.

One more serious fly in the ointment for many, however, may be shorter than average service intervals – 10,000km or 12 months is mandated.

MG Motor Australia say it is still working its way through the option of capped-price servicing packages (or similar) but delivering peace of mind to early(ish) adopters is the fact all HS models are backed by a seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty and seven years of roadside assist. The MG Australia network currently comprises 50 dealers.

The long and the short of it

The underpinnings of the MG HS are very much par for the segment. Front-drive only (at this time), the HS’s plaform features conventional MacPherson strut front and multi-link independent rear suspension. Brakes are by four-wheel disc.

Against the tape measure the 2020 MG HS Vibe and Excite also seem to sit in a sweet spot – at least compared to the big players in the medium SUV segment.

At 4574mm long overall, the HS is longer than the Mazda CX-5 (4550mm) but shorter than both the Nissan X-TRAIL (4690) and Toyota RAV4 (4600).

However, as is evident in the generous rear-seat room of the newcomer, the MG sits on the longest wheelbase of the quartet – 2722mm versus 2700, 2705 and 2690 for the Mazda, Nissan and Toyota respectively.

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On paper there’s a slight handcap in terms of boot room for the MG compared to the Mazda. That said, a quick glance indicates there’s enough room to keep most buyers happy.

The MG HS’s front seats offer decent support and the tilt and telescopic steering wheel delivers a decent driving position for most. Even behind a 180cm driver there’s plenty of legroom in the rear. A tick for the addition of a proper left-leg footrest for the driver.

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Cabin ergonomics are decent too. The steering wheel is from the Volkswagen GTI playbook and the multi-function switchgear on the wheel looks like it’s lifted straight from a Golf 6. Interesting given SAIC, MG’s parent company, long-time partnership with the German giant.

The MG HS’s high-res 10.1-inch centre screen has good clarity but in conjunction with the centre-stack located piano-key style interface, it has some way to go to match the best out there. There’s some flawed logic to how the various functions are accessed and the system is at times slow to respond to inputs.

The mixture of piano key buttons and touch-screen functionality is not the easiest to get your head around at first and there are odd omissions – for instance there’s no piano key control ‘home’ button for the native navigation on the Excite model.

Rear-seat occupants get centre-console air-vents and two USBs. The second row centre armrest features similar brightwork panels as the front centre console.

What is the MG HS like to drive?

On the road, the 2020 MG HS is competent and capable. It’s perhaps not the 100 per cent polished performer that a Mazda CX-5 or Hyundai Tucson is, but it’s far from the sub-standard fare Chinese brands served up not so long ago.

There are areas that are prime for improvement. The dual-clutch transmission can be a little harsh at times and manages to combine tardiness off the mark with a propensity to at first hold gears and then hunt a little.

These characteristics are not helped by the 1.5-litre engine’s turbo lag and occasional throttle flare on gear changes.

But these negatives are offset by fact the turbo four is pleasantly powerful when into its stride and quite torquey. It’s also far from the noisiest powertrain in the segment.

Indeed, by some measures I’d rather this combination than the droney, flat delivery of the Nissan X-TRAIL atmo four-cylinder and its CVT transmission.

It’s in this powertrain department that the MG HS could benefit from some of the fine-tuning and careful calibration that is the bread and butter of ‘established’ engineering teams. In the case of the MG HS, it’s 95 per cent of the way there – but the missing five per cent highlights just how spoiled we are in terms of the polish of today’s mainstream models.

We experienced a few minor calibration issues also with aspects of the MG Pilot suite – most noticeably the adaptive cruise control which tended to hunt up and down a little while initially settling into a new speed.

Suspension characteristics of the MG are similarly close but still in need of finishing touches.

The ride of the MG HS is pleasantly supple and the overall refinement is good. As the bumps and cambers get a little more challenging, however, the overall performance falls off a little.

There’s a brittleness to the way the car copes with multiple bumps and bigger road irregularities, which could pretty easily be ironed out with a little more attention and was noticeable to driver and passenger alike.

On the positive side of the ledger, steering loads and precision are both good and the car feels confidence inspiring and relaxing to drive in most conditions.

This SUV is commendably quiet too – in terms of road and wind noise suppression. Indeed, even the base model MG HS’s cabin environment has a resolved feeling that belies its attractive pricing.

Would we buy a 2020 MG HS?

Quite literally, the bottom line is that the new MG HS Vibe and Excite offer plenty of reasons to go on the consideration list for frugal buyers of mid-size SUVs. At the very least…

If you are focussed on dynamics and that last few percentage points of refinement and overall polish, then the MG HS will not push all of your buttons.

If you’re, however, after a roomy and comfortable mid-sizer and value a sharp purchase price and bang for bucks in terms of equipment, then perhaps this is a detour you’re willing to take.

The overall look and feel of the MG HS belies its price tag. If the brand continues to evolve at this pace, competitors will ignore it at their peril.

How much does the 2020 MG HS cost?
Price: $30,990 drive-away ($33,990 for Excite)
Available: Now
Engine: 1.5-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder
Output: 119kW/250Nm
Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
Fuel: 7.3L/100km (NEDC)
CO2: 170g/km (NEDC)
Safety rating: Five-star (ANCAP 2019)

Конкуренты

С полной уверенностью можно сказать, что новый MG HS сочетает в себе все лучшие качества, присущие последним моделям кроссоверов. Современный экстерьер и богатое внутреннее наполнение, несмотря на довольно высокую стоимость, позволяют рассматривать данный автомобиль в качестве одного из основных конкурентов таким популярным моделям известных мировых автопроизводителей, как Nissan Qashqai, Mitsubishi Outlander и Suzuki SX4.

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