MG 6 Overview
The MG 6 is a fastback sedan and one of the latest offerings from MG Philippines. The "compact four-door fastback" is the only low-riding model in MG’s stable as other models sit in the SUV segment. Its sporty exterior, fastback outline, and hints of luxury are evident upgrades on MG's branding in the local market.
While four-door sedans usually don't come with a sloping roof towards the back-end, the MG 6 touts a fastback appeal – a design approach that you may observe among Premium European brands. With that, the MG 6 begs to differ from all other rivaling nameplates in the segment. Even more interesting is that the cabin features flat-bottom steering wheel and two-tone red and black upholstery to even add more on its sportiness side.
Under the MG 6’s hood is a 1.5-liter engine that generates 162 hp and 250 Nm of torque. Safety is supported by Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Cornering Brake Control, Electronic Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, and Traction Control System as default.
MG 6 Launch
The launch of the MG 6 coincides with the brand’s relaunching in the Philippines. The fastback sedan was launched together with its crossover SUV brothers, the RX5 and ZS. While bearing a compact sedan designation and pricing, the MG 6’s overall size and feature set transcend into the midsize executive sedan category. This poses an advantage for the MG brand in terms of value for money.
MG 6 Chassis, Platform & Powertrain
The MG 6 is a five-door fastback sedan with the engine situated at the front that sends to the front wheels. Under its hood is a 1.5L turbocharged engine that produces a healthy 164 hp and 250 Nm of torque, connected to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
As for the suspension setup, the MG 6 has McPherson struts up front and a blade-type multi-link type at the back. Both front and rear wheels are equipped with disc brakes.
MG 6 Driving Performance
Powering the MG 6 is a 1.5L turbocharged engine that produces a healthy 164 hp and 250 Nm of torque. Sending power to the front wheels is a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. While the boosted engine doesn’t lack power, it feels rough around the edges. The transmission can be a tad jerky at low speeds plus you need to control your throttle input for a smoother drive.
The electronically-assisted power steering works dynamically as it’s very light at crawls but tightens at higher speeds. On smooth roads, the MG 6 feels nice and planted, and a quick prod of the accelerator has it downshift and speed up with surprising eagerness.
MG 6 Technology Features
At its price point, the MG 6 packs a lot in terms of technology features. It has convenient features like keyless entry, push-button start, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, speed-sensing door locks, automatic LED headlights, cruise control, a reverse parking camera with sensors, automatic dual-zone climate control, a steering wheel with paddle shifters and audio controls, a digital 7-inch screen in between a semi-analog instrument cluster, and an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay.
MG 6 Exterior
The MG 6 doesn’t conform to the usual four-door sedan setup. It’s a true fastback, with a sloping roofline that connects to the rear end seamlessly and hatch access to the trunk. This gives the car a very sleek look, along with its sultry approach to lighting configurations.
All variants of the MG 6 come with LED daytime running lights, LED taillight, rear fog light, sunroof, and dual exhaust pipes. The range-topper has LED headlights while the lower variant gets projector halogens – both have manual leveling.
MG 6 Interior
The MG 6’s interior is mostly comprised of red leather and a few touches of carbon fiber prints. This emulates a plush feeling while seated inside the fastback sedan. While the color choice may be slightly loud, the overall fit and finish are excellent. Plastics in reach are textured nicely, and the hardest and toughest bits are far enough from your hands that you don’t even notice them.
The MG 6 also has a commendable cabin space even at the rear seats. There are also several cup- and bottle-holders that the occupants can use. The trunk space is also among the biggest out there, but with the advantage of its fastback styling, the rear seats reveal wagon-like cargo area.
MG 6 Safety
The MG 6 comes with a healthy set of six airbags, ABS with electronic brake-force distribution, front and rear seat belt reminders, and rear door child locks. From there, the MG 6 gets a good number of safety aids in the form of electronic stability, traction control, hill hold control, vehicle dynamic control, and cornering brake control. You also get ISOFIX mounting points and tethering points for child seats. The only difference between the top-of-the-line MG 6 and the lower variant is the lack of curtain airbag at the latter.
MG 6 Pros and Cons
The fastback appeal of the MG 6 remains one of its strongest points, along with the variety of features that it comes with considering its price point. You’ll also love its excellent interior passenger and cargo space.
On the flip side, the MG 6’s dual-clutch transmission isn’t the smoothest out there and will need some time to get used to.
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