First off, this particular unit is an example of how not to prepare a demo vehicle. When I first opened the door to the MG GS, the suffocating smell of car perfume greeted me. (And I thought I left this sensation behind when I stopped riding taxis.) And then there's the super dark tint designed for vampires. I always rolled down the windows when I parked because I couldn't see anything.
That being said, there's a lot to like about this Chinese-made compact SUV. The design has echoes of the Toyota RAV4 in front, with the rest of the body wrapped in stylish metal.
The turbocharged 1.5-liter mill is eager to send its 166hp and 250Nm to the 18in Michelins, while the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox gives the GS the flexibility to be smooth and exciting when you want it to be.
The SAIC logo that presents itself after you start the engine is a reminder that this is made in China, not Longbridge, UK. But although that's a little incongruous (you don't see the Toyota logo every time you start a Lexus), the cabin build quality is decent and promising.
Space and comfort felt good, unless you're in the backseat where the shallow thigh support will make it a little difficult for long-legged passengers.
Are you curious about MG's compact SUV? Check out the video above for a closer look.