Without trying, the MG6 has been my shadow all weekend.
At the fabulous AROnline birthday bash Ian Pogson highlighted the pleasures (and frustrations) of working within China . Letting slip European NCAP testing gets under way this week, fingers crossed the 6 can carry on the safety legacy of the 75/ZT. Good news number two is Ricardo’s new diesel is just months away (even though the G-Series, tooling and 30 new L-Series lumps have sat unloved in a corner since the unpleasantness.
Stepping outside to the Gaydon sunshine (approximately 15:27 for two minutes) I poured over Paul Wager’s MG Magnette press car. In the metal the saloon is far more cohesive shape carrying a prestige Alfa-esque ambience, rather than the ‘Is it a Mazda?’ effect of the liftback. Criticism of the interior plastics has certainly been addressed. In my mind the 6 is reaching potential used purchase status, though a new purchase beckons surely only for the corporate/Motability customers. (I write this as multiple purchaser of privately funded new cars).
An equally wet Sunday stroll at a local show had me crossing paths with a pair of MG6s again. Chatting to a dealership rep highlighted some surprises – the MG franchise had replaced a SAAB one… very poor manufacturer back up from SAAB being cited. A healthy mark-up of 10% on the MG might help if you have a sackful of cash you’re itching to spend. Overall the representative was bullish, yes the price seems dear but when compared to an Insignia occupying the shared showroom space is markedly good value. However if no diesel burner appears, game over for MG. A rolling of eyes made me grin when I mentioned the PR Jurassic Park customer hand over shots.
Popping the boot I was offered the only worry, as pictured at the head of this piece; ‘Guaranteed future value’ at three years old.
Slipping from £4823 to a paltry £3727 – Would you be brave enough?