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MG6 GT Fastback: Test Drive Review

Date: 10 January 2014

Last month BusinessCar tested the MG3 supermini and now it's the turn of the firm's upper medium 6.

Although volumes are likely to remain low for the foreseeable future, this is the car the company has pegged for the fleet market, and the establishment of its own MG Lease contract hire service is testament to its corporate sales ambitions.

The P11D of £17,996 is low for a mid-level SE model in this sector, and equipment such as satnav and cruise control is impressive for the money.

The 1.8-litre diesel engine (MG calls it a 1.9 but a true displacement of 1849cc means it's actually a 1.8) has strong mid-range pull and, although lacking in refinement, it's punchy enough to make the 6 reasonably quick with a 0-62mph in 8.9 seconds.

There's a fair bit of body roll in bends, and the cabin materials are a long way behind anything else

in the class. An RV of 29% and higher than average emissions of 139g/km (cleaner 129g/km cars have just become available but that's still shy of rivals) mean the MG isn't quite the value proposition it first seems. It records 48.5ppm, while a Vauxhall Insignia 2.0 CDTi 140 Ecoflex in core fleet Tech Line trim is 48.2ppm.


Spacious and cheap with a reasonably good diesel engine, but cabin quality is off the pace and a low P11D doesn't necessarily mean all-round cost-efficiency