MG HS Plug-In range, MPG, CO2, battery & charging
The HS Plug-In returns respectable numbers here, with both the decent electric range and crucial sub-50g/km CO2 emissions boxes ticked
|Wallbox charge time
|3hrs (0-100%, 7kW)
As in many other respects, the HS Plug-In doesn't blow the competition into the weeds here, but nor does it disgrace itself, either. Its 32-mile pure-electric range is comparable with that of most rivals, and while its CO2 emissions of 43g/km aren't the lowest in class, the fact that they're below 50g/km is all that really matters from the perspective of company-car tax costs.
MG HS Plug-In range, MPG & CO2 emissions
On the technology front, MG's familiar 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine used elsewhere in the range is here joined by an electric motor, drawing power from a 16.6kWh battery. MG says that should be sufficient for over 30 miles of pure-electric running on a charge – enough to cover many people's daily commute without using any petrol.
Put through industry-standard testing, the HS Plug-In returned CO2 emissions of 43g/km and average fuel economy of 156mpg. While the latter number is something of a pipe-dream in the context of everyday driving, the CO2 figure in combination with that electric driving range unlocks the all-important company-car Benefit-in-Kind tax rate of 11% for business users.
If you're considering any plug-in hybrid, whether as a private or business buyer, the ability to charge at home or at work is vital if you're to come anywhere near those published efficiency numbers. Using public rapid charging points isn't all that convenient in this case; like most plug-in hybrids, the HS can't charge fast enough to take advantage of their typical maximum speeds. A typical 7.4kW wallbox unit will get the MG's battery topped up fully in around three hours, so it's very easy to ensure you're starting each day with a full battery.
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 & charging - currently readingThe 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 & driveThe 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