I test drove the MG5 last year and was instantly let down – how could such a car carry the MG badge? It seems that AutoCar are in agreement. The UK magazine cites the noisy underpowered engine as one of their main beefs with the Five but give the 5 credit for having a much improved interior with good fit and finish.
To make this car competitive in the UK market would take a great deal of work, although it must be said that the firm’s parent company, SAIC, is already making great strides in its powertrain development, and has a proven track record with the MG 6 for making a sweet riding and handling car.
Furthermore, we would urge some caution before laying in to MG; this car did not feel entirely right, the test venue was far from perfect. Perhaps it’s fairest of all to wait until we get the opportunity for a full road test before drawing too many conclusions.