Words: Keith Adams Photographs: Simon Davies/Pegasus Photographics
Like many of you, I took a little time out over the weekend to take a close look at the MG6 at the MPH with Top Gear Live Show and, like many of you, I liked what I saw. It’s an inoffensive looking hatchback that should appeal to the die-hard fans who are currently running MG ZSs and ZTs. I think it might even take a few conquest sales.
Having a good prod and poke around what I hope is the definitive production version, its interior quality is fair-to-middling and the styling of the car – so bland in pictures – works pretty well in the metal. I’m going to reserve final judgment until I see how much the thing costs – and I reckon that’s a major dilemma for MG.
Make it cheap – and I mean seriously cheap – and people will just assume that it’s a substandard Chinese offering when, in fact, the MG6 has been designed and engineered in the UK to meet the best European standards. Sell it on a more realistic value ticket alongside Ford or Hyundai, and the inevitable comparisons are made – let’s face it, the MG6 is going to have to be mighty to beat the Ford Focus.
Making it a sporty-only offering, puts the MG6 against the likes of Alfa Romeo and SEAT, which I reckon would be the best place to take it. Less so in the case of SEAT, but certainly Alfa Romeo enthusiasts are (sometimes) happy to put up with compromises. Does MG still evoke that feeling with potential buyers? Possibly, but that’s risky. Anyway, at the £16,000-18,000 they seem to be pitching at, the MG6 should be okay but we’ll see…
One thing to emerge from the MPH Show is that potential customers are a hell of a lot more excited by the prospect of the MG ZERO Concept car. Many younger enthusiasts could see themselves behind the wheel of one of these. Maybe, then, we’re all getting a little distracted by the MG6 – and the real story is the MG3. Again, we’ll see. However, first impressions are that the product might just be good enough to see a smooth re-introduction of the MG marque paving the way for the potentially more exciting smaller car.
Let us know what you think…