MG GS mid-size SUV now on sale in Australia

April 3, 2017

MG’s first-ever SUV has touched down in Australia, called the MG GS. It competes in the medium-size SUV market segment along side vehicles such the Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5.

Four main variant lines are being launched here, spanning from the Vivid, Core, Soul, and topping out at the Essence X. All come with a turbo-petrol engine, paired with a six-speed manual, seven-speed dual-clutch auto or six-speed dual-clutch auto transmission, depending on the variant.

For the base model Vivid, power comes from a 1.5-litre turbo producing 119kW and 250Nm. It’s matched with a six-speed manual, and comes with rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, 17-inch alloy wheels, auto headlights, and 60:40 rear seats as standard.

Stepping up to the Core gets you the same engine but with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto, along with a rear-view camera, climate control, a six-speaker sound system by Arkamys, a cooled storage box, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Moving up to the Soul sees the same powertrain as the Core, only with more standard features. Some of these including 18-inch alloy wheels, sports leather seats, an 8.0-inch touch-screen interface with sat-nav, auto wipers, and fog lights.

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At the top of the range, the Essence X gets a unique 2.0-litre turbo engine producing 162kW and 350Nm. This is sent through a six-speed dual-clutch auto and into a four-wheel drive system (others are front-wheel drive). It also adds in Xenon headlights, active rollover protection, a sunroof, and hill descent control.

The new, Chinese-made model is on sale now and all come with an impressive six-year/unlimited kilometre warranty with six years roadside assistance. Prices start from the following (excluding on-road costs):

2017 MG GS Vivid 1.5T manual – $23,990
2017 MG GS Core 1.5T 7spd auto – $25,990
2017 MG GS Soul 1.5T 7spd auto – $27,990
2017 MG GS Essence X 2.0T 6spd auto – $34,990

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.