AT A GLANCE

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - FIRST DRIVE -

and there is rea­son­able rear legroom, though adults sit slightly knees-up on a low bench.

The 483L of cargo vol­ume is 100L greater than Toy­ota’s C-HR. Fold the seats to yield 1336L — and the ex­tended floor is com­pletely flat.

ON THE ROAD

In a class where de­cent per­for­mance is dif­fi­cult to find, the MG’s 1.5-litre turbo/sev­en­speed driv­e­train is its big­gest at­trac­tion.

A smooth, sweet, tractable lit­tle en­gine, with strong out­puts (119kW/250Nm), the

MG GS CORE PRICE

$25,990 drive-away

WAR­RANTY

6 years/un­lim­ited km

CAPPED SER­VIC­ING

Aver­age $3915 over 9 years/90,000km

SER­VICE IN­TER­VALS

12 months/10,000km 4 stars, 6 airbags 1.5-litre 4-cyl turbo, 119kW/250Nm 7-speed dual-clutch auto; FWD 7.4L/100km 4500mm (L), 1855mm (W), 1705mm (H), 2650mm (WB) From 1460kg Space-saver

SAFETY EN­GINE

TRANS­MIS­SION

THIRST DI­MEN­SIONS

WEIGHT SPARE

1.5 works well with the gear­box, which also de­liv­ers more re­spon­sive, ef­fi­cient go-for­ward than the CVTs and au­to­mat­ics in most ri­val SUVs.

Pre­mium un­leaded is re­quired. Most nat­u­rally as­pi­rated ri­vals run on reg­u­lar.

Move up to the 2.0-litre

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