The MG HS range has carried over unchanged into 2022, however it’s set to grow later in the year.
After launching with just two variants in 2020, the range has expanded to a total of eight and will gain a ninth – a more affordable version of the Plus EV plug-in hybrid – in the first quarter of this year.
It’ll offer the same suite of active safety and driver assist features as the rest of the HS range but likely exclude some of the niceties of the current Plus EV, which is offered only in top-spec Essence trim.
Those features include a panoramic sunroof and a surround-view camera.
Otherwise, the range is unchanged. That includes pricing, which starts at $29,990 drive-away for the Core 1.5T and tops out at $47,990 drive-away for the Plus EV Essence.
Last year, MG sold 6828 HS SUVs, aided by strong supply levels. That figure put it ahead of the Ford Escape (1673) and Volkswagen Tiguan (3772), a whisker behind the Honda CR-V (6875), and nipping at the heels of the Kia Sportage (7949).
With sales up 162.6 per cent, only the Haval H6 (3635, up 279.8 per cent) saw greater growth in the mid-sized SUV segment in 2021.
- 2022 MG HS Core: $29,990
- 2022 MG HS Vibe: $31,990
- 2022 MG HS Excite: $34,990
- 2022 MG HS Excite X: $37,990
- 2022 MG HS Essence: $38,990
- 2022 MG HS Essence Anfield: $40,690
- 2022 MG HS Essence X: $42,990
- 2022 MG HS Plus EV Essence: $47,990
All prices are drive-away.
The 2022 MG HS’s standard engine is a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine producing 124kW of power and 250Nm of torque. It’s mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.
Excite X and Essence X models upgrade to a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine producing 168kW of power and 360Nm of torque. It’s mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic and all-wheel drive.
The front-wheel drive HS Plus EV uses a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine, an electric motor on the front axle and a 16.6kWh lithium-ion battery.
Total system outputs are 189kW of power and 370Nm of torque.
Claimed fuel economy for the 2022 MG HS is 7.3L/100km on the combined cycle in models with the 1.5-litre engine, 9.5L/100km in those with the 2.0-litre engine, and 1.7L/100km in the Plus EV.
The latter has a claimed 63km of pure electric range, however this is on the lenient NEDC standard.
All models require 95RON premium unleaded fuel and have a 55L fuel tank.
The 2022 MG HS measures 4574mm long, 1685mm tall and 1876mm wide on a 2720mm wheelbase.
The MG HS’s total luggage space is 463L, increasing to a maximum of 1287L with the second row folded.
These figures drop to 451L and 1275L in the Plus EV, which also misses out on a space saver spare and instead offers only a tyre repair kit.
Kerb weight is 1489kg in the Core, 1550kg in models with the 1.5-litre engine, 1700kg in those with the 2.0-litre engine, and 1775kg in the Plus EV.
MG backs its cars with a seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty. The HS Plus EV also includes a seven-year, unlimited-kilometre battery warranty for private buyers.
Servicing is required every 12 months or 10,000km, whichever comes first, with seven years of capped-price servicing.
The 1.5T’s first seven services are priced at $282, $339, $333, $395, $282, $819 and $282.
The 2.0T’s first seven are priced at $279, $556, $330, $612, $279, $1105 and $279.
The Plus EV’s first seven are priced at $265, $373, $265, $421, $265, $968 and $265.
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 2022 MG HS models come standard with the MG Pilot suite of safety features. This includes:
- Autonomous emergency braking with forward-collision warning
- Lane-keep assist
- Lane-departure warning
- Adaptive cruise control
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Traffic sign recognition
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
- Keyless entry and 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 and Excite X add:
- 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 and Essence X adds:
- Panoramic sunroof
- Surround-view camera
- Sports seats
The Plus EV also includes a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, while the Essence Anfield includes a red interior.
The MG HS is available in the following colours:
- Surfing Blue metallic
- Black Pearl metallic
- York White (excludes Plus EV)
- Pearl White metallic (excludes Core)
- Phantom Red metallic (excludes Core)
- Sterling Silver metallic (Plus EV only)
- Clipper Blue metallic (Plus EV only)
Pearl White and Black Pearl are the only colours available on the Essence Anfield.
Premium paint is usually a $700 option, however MG is currently offering it as a no-cost option.
All models have a black interior bar the Anfield, which has a red interior.
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