MG HS Plug-In performance, engine & drive
The HS Plug-In isn't exciting or engaging to drive, but it's fairly quick and cruises on the motorway well
If you're considering the HS Plug-In because you want efficient and practical family transport, you may well be unconcerned that it can't match the likes of the Ford Kuga when it comes to handling. But you'll likely be disappointed that it falls short of that and other rivals in the comfort and refinement departments, too.
Some other plug-in hybrids are almost completely silent in electric mode, but in the HS there's a noticeable whine from the motor at low speeds. And when the petrol engine bursts into life, that sounds harsher than the norm as well, especially if you accelerate hard. You're not always rewarded with an instantaneous response when you do squeeze the throttle, either, as the 10-speed automatic gearbox and electric motor combination can sometimes take a second or two to work out what they're doing, leading to a momentary delay before the power comes in.
MG HS Plug-In 0-62mph, top speed and acceleration
That hesitancy described above means the HS Plug-In doesn't always feel as quick as its official 0-60mph time of 7.1 seconds suggests. It's demonstrably quicker than the purely petrol-engined model, at least. Top speed is 118mph, so the car will cruise at the UK motorway limit uncomplainingly.
Ride quality is on the right side of soft for typical UK roads; but while going over speed bumps or potholes doesn't feel too crashy, the trouble is the suspension isn't terribly good at keeping the subsequent pitching and rolling motions in check. Taken together with inconsistently weighted steering, it all paints a picture of a rather unsophisticated driving experience compared with a lot of this car's rivals.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe MG HS Plug-In is a good-value hybrid family SUV, although it lacks the polish of many of its rivals in certain areas
- 2Range, MPG, CO2, battery & chargingThe HS Plug-In returns respectable numbers here, with both the decent electric range and crucial sub-50g/km CO2 emissions boxes ticked
- 3Running costs & insuranceInsurance groups are on the high side, but a long warranty and low company-car tax rates ensure the HS Plug-In will keep the majority of your motoring bills in check
- 4Performance, engine & drive - currently readingThe HS Plug-In isn't exciting or engaging to drive, but it's fairly quick and cruises on the motorway well
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe HS isn't necessarily the most well finished or high-tech car inside, but quality is reasonable throughout
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe HS hybrid is supremely spacious for both front and rear-seat passengers, and comes with a decent boot capacity, too
- 7Reliability & safety ratingExcellent seven-year warranty cover and a healthy suite of active safety technology ensure the HS hybrid does well here