The compact sedan realm is home to some practical cars, despite having trunks. The MG 6 plans to add some needed life into the segment by being the only liftback, or fastback, currently availble today, combining the looks of a sedan, with the versatility of a hatchback. It also helps that the MG 6 had us applauding it in our review, making it a strong contender for one of our most impressive cars we've reviewed so far. If you want to learn more about the features that make the MG 6 a safe and comfortable contender for being best-in-class, you can read up on our tech and safety review.
In this article, we'll be talking about the cabin experience and the cargo space of the 2019 MG 6 Trophy. There's a lot to like here, but there also a few quirks that we noticed in our week's time with it.
If the exterior of the MG 6 Trophy seems very safe and unoffensively handsome for you, then you'll be surprised to find out that MG decided to step it up a notch in terms of cabin appeal with the MG 6 Trophy. Sporting a shade of red similar to those found in Lexus F Sport models, the MG 6 Trophy pulls it off quite well, especailly when contrasting the black paintjob of our test unit. It's a definite nod to the sporting heritage of the brand, and we give props to MG for adding a little bit more pizzaz to an otherwise unassumingly black interior.
The red leather flows horizontaly across the dashbaord, encompassing most of the visible space, then continuing on the door panels and seats. The horizontal theme is continued by a carbon fiber designed plastic trim piece that flows from the rightmost aircon vent up to the instrument binnacle. The plastic carbon fiber trim appears again in the door handles for all four passengers and the gearshift area, so there's a great level of continuity here. In fact, the execution of the otherwise loud interior is spot on, and there's not much to fault. If anything, it helps detract from the fact that hard plastics are used extensively at certain points, such as the topmost part of the dashboard. The seats continue the theme with a two-tone design, and the offer nice, comfortable support on drives. The rear passengers get the same level of comfort in the seats, as the leather and bolstering is similar to the front row. Headroom and legroom at the rear are great, as well, and it helps that the transmission tunnel isn't as intrusive as other vehicles. Even with the driver's seat set for my driving position, I was still able to fit behind it, with a decent amount of wiggle room. The center seat will be tight if you plan on fitting three adults back here, but it'll do for shorter stints. Bonus points for the rear aircon vents and cupholders.
Speaking of cupholders, there are a good amount of storage areas inside the MG 6. There's a pair of cupholders up front, door bins for even bigger bottles, and even a retractable cover that hides a small area where you can find the USB ports and 12V socket, and it also happens to be good for small change and parking tickets. A nifty cooler box resides underneath the center armrest, so you can keep snacks and drinks at a nice temperature throughout the drive.
Overall, the execution of the cabin feels much more expensive than the price of the car, and the buttons and switches are familiar and easy to use. Upon closer inspection, however, you'll notice that the padding on the leather bits on the dashboard and door panels can be a bit thin, but that's just a slight niggle.
This is where things get very interesting for the MG 6. You see, it's a conventional sedan in looks alone, and a quick press of the trunk release will have anyone's attention. Access the rear cargo and you'll instantly be greeted by a completely liftable rear panel, revealing an impressive 424 liters of space with the rear seats up. Fold the 60:40 split seats down, and you expand the already generous cargo capacity to a whopping 1,170 liters. My minor complaint is that the rear seats don't have a pass through like some wagons or sedans, but the MG 6 definitely has one of the biggest trunks we've seen in the sedan segment so far.