MG 6 20T Trophy Rewarding reflexes

mg 6 20T Trophy
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Picking up the MG 6 20T Trophy in the evening at an unlit, semi-paved Dubai parking lot, the formerly British car maker was an unknown quantity in its modern iteration as a Chinese manufacturer. Nevertheless, the charismatic MG 6 quickly came to impress with its keen handling and eager engine. Always pleasant when a car so exceeds expectations, the MG 6’s real test, however, came days later, after a long morning session driving the sublime Lamborghini Huracan Evo.اضافة اعلان

Nimble and nuanced
Better by orders of magnitude by every performance measure, the sensory feast that is the Huracan supercar, however, did not rob the MG 6 of its own rewarding fun factor or ability to impress — albeit on a more “normal” level — on the drive back to the hotel. Best capturing the brand’s sporting heritage with its distant Rover 75 relation and British engineered knack for immersive driving dynamics, the MG 6 might be the most rewarding driver’s car in its segment.

First launched in 2017, the second generation MG 6 has not grown significantly over its 2010 predecessor and sits somewhere between modern compact and mid-size saloons. Lighter than most rivals, it is a keen and nimble handling standout with responsive reflexes, but it is also well-packaged and competitive in cabin space and comfort. Svelte and flowing with its long bonnet, short rear deck, and athletic posture, it is also narrower and delivers excellent maneuverability and visibility, owing to a big glasshouse.

Introduced regionally by 2020, the MG 6 is distinctly sporty but avoids the over-styled excess of many rivals. With a fluidly arcing roofline, subtle Coke-bottle hips, discrete built-in spoiler, and side vents, it meanwhile features assertively slim headlights, big side intakes, and a broad chrome-ringed “Star Rider” grille mesh. Best with sporty Trophy specification and signature candy red paint, the MG 6 rides on two-tone alloy wheels shod with 225/45R18 tires for the right compromise of grip and steering feel.

Connected charisma

Driving with clarity, connectedness, and charisma atypical of heavy, desensitized modern cars, the MG 6 20T, however, features a contemporarily downsized and efficient drive-line. Powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, co-developed with Opel, driving the front wheels, it produces 169HP at 5,500rpm and 250Nm throughout a broad and ever-versatile 1,700–4,300rpm band, with 90 percent available throughout an over-arcing 1,500–5,000rpm range. The MG 6 20T can also brisk through 0–100km/h in seven seconds and attain 210km/h.

With subtle yet evocative background growls and dump valve hisses, the prodigious small displacement 20T engine is quick spooling and responsive from standstill owing to a short gas flow path. Underwritten by a broad and flexible torque wave, the MG 6 is eager and progressive accumulating power in a strident sweep to redline. Middle East versions are equipped with, an admittedly slick automated dual-clutch gearbox with steering-mounted paddle shifters, but unfortunately not the more expectedly immersive three-pedal manual gearbox.

An affordable front-drive family lift-back sports saloon with the heart and eager, nimble reflexes of a hot hatch corner carver, the MG 6 nevertheless returns frugal combined cycle 5.8l/100km fuel efficiency. It is also a refined, smooth, and comfortable long-distance commuter and user-friendly city driver. Settled and reassuring at speed without being disconnected, the MG 6 is confident, alert, and ever eager to switch from highway cruising to sporty off-ramp maneuverability.

Alert and agile
Not the most powerful or technologically advanced in its segment, the comparatively lightweight 1,320kg MG 6 is, however, among the most thrilling and rewarding through twists and turns. Assisted by an XDS selective braking and stability control-based electronic differential, it is eager and agile into and through corners. Turning in tidily with well-weighted electric-assisted steering providing direct and textured feedback to fingertips, the MG 6 communicates nuanced road feel and exact limits of road-holding in grip versus slip.

Accurately placed on the road and intuitive to fine-tune its position with finesse, the eager and adjustable MG 6 shifts weight and tightens cornering lines with confidence and clarity. Viscerally sporty, its road-holding is nevertheless committed, body roll well-controlled, and vertical movements settled and buttoned down on dips and crests. On smooth Dubai roads, most imperfections are dispatched in its stride, but being somewhat firm over jagged bumps and cracks, one cannot definitively judge comfort levels on rougher Jordanian roads.

An attainable and practical lift-back, the MG 6 is well-spaced and sporty with Trophy spec two-tone leatherette and a chunky steering wheel. At the same time, it offers boot access and versatility that exceeds many traditional saloons, with luggage volume expanding from 424 to 1,170 liters with rear seats folded. With an alert, comfortable, and supportive driving position, decent quality materials, and user-friendly layouts, the well-equipped MG 6’s Apple Carplay-enabled 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, however, did not support Android Auto connectivity or USB drive MP3 playback at the time of the drive.

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