The MG HS range enters 2021 with a new entry-level Core variant, with additional up-spec variants set to launch later in the year.
The Core undercuts the previous entry-level model, the Vibe, by $2000 at $29,990 drive-away but still offers the MG Pilot suite of active safety technology.
It does, however, substitute the Vibe’s leatherette upholstery and six-speaker sound system for cloth trim and a four-speaker set-up.
Deliveries begin in January, while later in the year the HS range will also be bolstered with the addition of a new, up-level turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine.
Mid-way through the year, MG added an up-spec Essence model and then followed it up with the Essence Anfield, which features a distinctive red interior.
- 2021 MG HS Core: $29,990
- 2021 MG HS Vibe: $31,990
- 2021 MG HS Excite: $34,990
- 2021 MG HS Essence: $38,990
- 2021 MG HS Essence Anfield: $40,690
All prices are drive-away.
The 2021 MG HS uses a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine producing 124kW of power and 250Nm of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is the only transmission.
The HS is available only with front-wheel drive.
The 2021 MG HS consumes 7.3L/100km on the combined cycle. It requires 95RON premium unleaded fuel.
The 2021 MG HS measures 4574mm long, 1685mm tall and 1876mm wide.
The MG HS’s total luggage space is 463L, increasing to a maximum of 1287L with the second row folded.
The 2021 MG HS is covered by a seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.
MG doesn’t currently offer capped-price servicing for the HS.
When the MG HS was tested by ANCAP in 2019, it received a rating of five stars.
That rating was based on an adult occupant protection score of 92 per cent, child occupant protection of 83 per cent, pedestrian protection of 64 per cent and safety assist of 77 per cent.
All 2021 MG HS models come standard with the MG Pilot suite of safety features. This includes:
- Autonomous emergency braking with forward-collision warning
- Lane-keeping assist
- Lane-departure warning
- Adaptive cruise control
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Blind-spot monitoring.
There are also front, front-side and front-curtain airbags.
In addition to the aforementioned MG Pilot suite of features, the base HS Core comes with the following standard features:
- 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Reversing camera with rear parking sensors
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Electronic parking brake
- Proximity entry and push-button start
- Four-speaker sound system
- Cloth upholstery
- LED tail lights
- LED daytime running lights
The Vibe adds:
- Leatherette upholstery
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
- Six-speaker sound system
- Fog lights
The Excite adds:
- Satellite navigation
- LED headlights
- Sports mode
- Paddle shifters
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Power tailgate
- Dual-zone climate control
- Alloy pedals
- Ambient interior lighting
Moving to the Essence brings:
- Panoramic sunroof
- Surround-view camera
- Sports seats
The Essence Anfield adds a red interior.