Lack of re­fine­ment hits a fresh gen­er­a­tion of up­per class fam­ily

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - ROAD TEST -

rear wiper does not op­er­ate au­to­mat­i­cally when re­vers­ing in rain, with the front wipers on. There is a re­vers­ing cam­era but with­out guid­ance lines – an­other fa­mil­iar ex­ec­u­tive driver’s mate. It does have a real ash­tray and ciggy lighter, which says some­thing about its Chi­nese own­ers. This is at the ex­pense of stor­age pods on the cen­tral con­sole.

Oh dear. Some­thing good to say, then? The leather seats were plump and com­fort­able. The gearchange was easy and fine.

The car cruised qui­etly at 70 in sixth at just 1,750rpm (but at 80 be­came row­dier). It has a speed warn­ing, a speed limit dis­play (writ­ten in to the nav­i­ga­tion mem­ory, and well out of date on the test car).

The fuel econ­omy on test (ac­cord­ing to the trip­me­ter) was good, with a low of 47 miles a gal­lon and a best of 56mpg.

The MG6 saloon is a front run­ner in the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship. This au­tumn the Euro­pean de­vel­oped MG3 joins the fam­ily.

It is a five-door hatch­back to com­pete with the Fi­esta, 208, Polo and Clio class. It was de­vel­oped at the newly en­larged MG Birm­ing­ham de­sign cen­tre.

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