MG follows a bit of the reverse course of most car brands in our country. After first launching more environmentally and fiscally friendly electric and plug-in hybrid models, which score particularly well on the fleet market in Belgium, the Chinese manufacturer with the British name is now introducing petrol models with a lower price tag to seduce private individuals. After launching the MG ZS with a petrol engine earlier in 2022, its big brother will now also have a petrol version. Meet the MG HS 1.5 T.
Same petrol engine
This HS has, as you can guess, a 1.5 liter turbo gasoline under the hood. It is in fact just the petrol engine of the EHS, but without electrical assistance. The four-cylinder produces 162 hp and 250 Nm and delivers its power to the front wheels via a manual six-speed gearbox or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It is enough to sprint the approximately 1.5-tonne SUV from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.9 seconds, for a top speed of 190 km/h. Standard consumption is 7.4 l/100 km, for CO2 emissions of 168 g/km.
There is no difference in appearance, except for the lack of a charging port, and the interior of the HS is also very similar to that of the EHS, with the 12.3-inch digital counters and the 10.1-inch large touch screen with smartphone integration. The omission of the electric motor and battery does have its advantages, because the MG HS is 250 kilos lighter than its plug-in hybrid brother. There is also slightly more trunk space: 463 to 1,454 liters, compared to 448 to 1,375 liters for the EHS. But the big advantage is of course the lower price: the MG HS 1.5 T starts at 27,285 euros for the Comfort, compared to 35,585 euros for the EHS.