MG: not the beeline brand for most small businesses and company car users I suspect.
But MG has been quietly working away on the MG6 GT – the hatch version of the 6 (the saloon is called Magnette) – last year lowering the CO2 emissions of the diesel engine by 10g/km to 129g, while boosting economy to over 57mpg.
We have reviewed the original diesel model – see MG6 1.9 DTi review: only the name is a blast from the past – but I had a chance to drive the updated car recently.
It was red – a deep lustre red (see pic right) – and the engine was a real surprise: lusty, strong-pulling, willing – all of those, and more. And then you check the torque figures: 350Nm and perhaps it’s not surprising after all. That’s a hefty dose of pulling power.
It’s also very good to drive. The ride is compliant and the steering pleasingly sharp – the dynamics of the MG6 will surprise you in the same way the engine surprises with its keen drivability.
It’s not all a good news story. Some of the plastics are brittle and you’d probably have to spend some time justifying your choice in the pub ahead of a Golf or a Focus.
But one of the MG’s key cards is the volume of space on offer – it’s much bigger than its price competitors and with P11D values for the diesel from £16,940, it balances value for money against less than class leading CO2 emissions to provide affordable company car motoring. Company car tax is from £59.25 a month.
But would you put an MG6 GT on your small business company car fleet?
There’s limited dealer network – so availability of a local dealer would certainly be an influencing factor.
Then there’s the question of residual values – how much the car is worth when you want to sell it. CAP, the residual value forecasters, reckon that because the car isn’t considered competitive in sector, this is having a negative effect on values.
So the sensible thing is to make sure you get a keen leasing price on the car – we found the MG6 GT diesel from £210 a month – and let someone else take the risk on the residual value.
However, one company I spoke to – auction group SMA Vehicle Remarketing – has just made an order for 20 of the MG6 GT diesel models.
Bob Anderson (left), the firm’s MD, told me why: “The MG proposition, with its distinctive and historic brand, is something we knew would create an immediate level of interest with our customers as our field team visited them.
“SMA is a company with a rich and proud heritage, which is on a strong upward growth trajectory; the MG brand is in a similar position with significant growth in its dealer network.”
More on the MG6
Read our review of the MG6. Cick here