Injecting some needed flavor into the compact sedan segment, the MG 6 was a thoroughly enjoyable drive despite a few quirks. We gave it a good score in our in-depth review recently, citing its handsome looks and good performance characteristics combined with premium interior touches. The MG 6 sets itself apart by offering one of the most compelling combination of technology and safety in this segment that we’ve seen in quite a while. Let’s dive into more details, shall we?
Right away, the lights of the MG 6 Trophy give a slight hint at the level of modernity that this car brings to the table. Equipped with LED lights and running lights, the MG 6 Trophy even features low speed foreground lighting, as well as cornering lights, adding to the already fantastic lighting package. The MG 6 Trophy’s cabin is decked out with a sunroof for the front passengers, automatic dual zone climate control with vents for the rear passengers, automatic headlights with manual leveling, cruise control, speed sensing door locks, and a cooling cargo space underneath the center armrest. The driver gets an electronically adjustable seat, and the steering wheel is both tilting and telescoping. Steering wheel audio controls and switches to fiddle through the menus on the half digital, half analog instrument cluster mean that all the info you need is literally at your fingertips. You also get power folding mirrors and keyless entry with push to start. The only thing missing is an auto-dimming rear view mirror and rain-sensing wipers, but it isn’t a deal breaker.
An 8-inch infotainment screen takes up the center of the dashboard, and the bright colors and easy to read font makes it a breeze to use. It helps that Apple CarPlay comes standard, and Bluetooth is simple to use. The interface can be a little tricky, with misspelled words and some redundant selections, but the overall infotainment package is good enough to stand with the rest. A rear view camera takes care of adding visibility while reversing, but our market unfortunately doesn’t come with rear cross traffic alert. Interestingly, the rear parking sensors also show a proximity alert and distance to the object, albeit in centimeters.
Keeping the MG 6’s occupants safe is a good set of active and passive safety features. Airbags are six in number, and the seatbelt reminders chime even for the rear passengers. Neat. ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution is standard, as is traction control, cornering braking control, vehicle dynamic control, hill start assist, and electronic stability control, nearly covering all bases of the safety alphabet. You also have ISOFIX tether points for child seats. Blind spot indicators, adaptive cruise control, and lane keep assist aren’t offered, but do come with the car in other countries. Maybe in the future, models of the MG 6 will have these as optional extras, giving it the chance to be the safest compact sedan in the local market.