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MG overview

The MG automotive brand is a symbol of British motoring history. MG has a rich and varied past dating back to the 1920s. It was founded by Cecil Kimber as a sideline of Morris Garages (MG). This was an Oxford-based service centre, originally owned by automotive manufacturer and philanthropist William Morris. It began by modifying standard Morris Oxfords, adding the distinctive MG Super Sports plate. The brand's identity would later be solidified with the creation of the M.G. Car Company Limited in 1930.

MG quickly became renowned for its models, particularly its iconic two-seater open-top sports cars. The brand has undergone numerous changes in ownership and direction throughout its history. Its journey through the 20th century is notable for its mergers into larger automotive conglomerates. Mergers included the British Motor Corporation in 1952, British Leyland Motor Corporation in the late 1960s, and eventually the Rover Group. Despite these changes, MG maintained its own unique identity, producing popular models like the MGB and the MG Midget.

After a period of dormancy and the closure of the original MG factory in Abingdon, the MG brand saw a revival in the early 21st century. With its refreshed identity came new models such as the MG ZR, ZS, and ZT. The subsequent collapse of the MG Rover Group in 2005 would lead to a takeover by the Chinese automotive giant SAIC Motor Corporation Limited. This prompted a further resurgence, all while ensuring the MG brand has managed to retain its iconic British heritage. In 2022, MG was the fastest-growing car brand in the UK, selling over 38,000 vehicles in the first nine months of the year.

Popular MG model

The MG ZS is a compact SUV that has quickly become a staple in the MG lineup. The model offers a blend of practicality and style making it a popular choice for families. The ZS launched in 2020. It stands out with its spacious interior, modern infotainment system, and competitive pricing. As such, it represents an accessible yet feature-rich option in the SUV market. Safety features, including advanced driver-assistance systems, add to its appeal. The vehicle is available in various options, including an all-electric version, the ZS EV.

Launched in 2018, the MG HS is a mid-sized SUV that represents a step up in luxury for the MG brand. Combining a stylish and bold exterior design with a high-quality cabin, the HS comes equipped with a range of modern technologies. These technologies include a responsive touchscreen and comprehensive connectivity options. Safety is a key area of focus too, making the model a smart choice for growing families. The HS is MG’s best-selling vehicle in the UK.

The MG4 showcases the brand's commitment to sustainable and innovative automotive solutions. This electric hatchback stands out with a sleek, aerodynamic design and advanced electric powertrain. It features a spacious interior, cutting-edge technology, and a range of driver-assistance systems. The MG4 is an accessible option for those looking to move to electric power without compromising on style and driving enjoyment.

The MG3 also represents a popular choice in the supermini market. This compact and stylish vehicle offers drivers exceptional affordability. The vehicle boasts a sporty design and engaging driving dynamics. It's well suited to urban motoring. The interior offers a generous amount of space, along with modern infotainment features. Low running costs also enhance the model's appeal. It has become a popular choice for first-time car buyers and younger motorists.

The MG5 was introduced in 2020. This model offers drivers the practicality of an estate, a comfortable interior and smooth ride. It's another of MG's all-electric motoring solutions. It is designed to meet the needs of environmentally conscious families and professionals. The model has been developed to provide a 214-mile range on a single charge, as well as fast-charging capabilities.

Manufacturer awards

MG has garnered significant recognition in the automotive industry over the years. Since its revival in 2005, it has received a series of prestigious awards. These awards highlight the brand's innovation, value and quality. In 2022, MG Motor UK won ‘Carmaker of the Year’ at the Motor Trader Industry Awards. This award was received due to the manufacturer's popularity and correspondingly high volume of sales.

Since 2020, MG's commitment to electric vehicles has been particularly celebrated. The MG4 EV received the ‘Reader’s Favourite Electric Car’, ‘Best Value Electric Car’ and ‘Car of the Year’ awards from DrivingElectric. Additional accolades for the vehicle also include the Carwow ‘Car of the Year’ in 2022. The MG5 EV was revealed as the winner of the ‘Buy It’ title at the same ceremony.

In the same year, the MG ZS EV excelled as the ‘Best Used Small SUV’ in the What Car? Electric Car Awards. The Auto Express New Car Awards also recognised the ZS’s accessibility, naming it ‘Affordable Electric Car of the Year’.

MG frequently asked questions

Who owns MG cars?

MG Motor is owned by parent company, SAIC Motor Corporation Limited. A Chinese state-owned car manufacturer. SAIC stands for Shanghai Automobile Industry Corporation. They are the 7th largest car manufacturer in the world.

Who makes MG cars?

Shanghai Automobile Industry Corporation (SAIC), a Chinese-owned automotive giant, makes MG cars.

Who makes the engines for MG cars?

MG’s engines are jointly produced by its parent company SAIC Motor Corporation Limited and General Motors.

Who makes MG electric cars?

MG electric cars are made by the same organisation as its other vehicles – Chinese automotive manufacturer SAIC.

Where are MG cars made?

Although MG has an advanced design studio in London, it stopped producing vehicles in the UK in 2016. Models are largely produced in China, and there are also factories in India and Thailand.

Where are MG electric cars made?

Along with its other vehicles, MG’s electric cars are made in China. China has particular expertise when it comes to producing affordable electric cars.

What does MG stand for in cars?

MG stands for Morris Garages and was selected by Cecil Kimber (MG’s founder) as a show of respect to William Morris, Kimber’s boss at the time.

What are MG cars like?

MG cars represent excellent value for money. Offering stylish design, eco-friendly powertrains and a good level of standard equipment.

The MG range includes city cars and hatchbacks (MG3 and MG4), compact SUVs (MG HS and MG ZS) and an estate car (MG5). Much of the MG range is electrified too. To discover what MG cars are like to drive, visit your local MG Arnold Clark dealership to take a test drive.

Why are MG cars so cheap?

The MG brand ethos is focused on offering vehicles at affordable prices. More recently, the brand has committed to making electric driving and vehicles more accessible to all. Affordability and accessibility are part of the brand’s DNA.

How reliable are MG cars?

In the 2023 What Car? Reliability survey for cars aged up to five years old, MG scored 89.2%, and was placed in 25th position. This means that the brand is ahead of the likes of Alfa Romeo, Audi, CUPRA, Jaguar and Land Rover.

How much are MG cars?

The cost of a used MG can cost between £6,000 and upwards of £37,000. Individual prices will vary depending on the age, model and trim level of the MG in question. Browse our stock of used MG cars for sale to find a vehicle that meets your budget.

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Monthly Payment £146.93
Deposit £249
Term (Months) 48
Cash Price £5998
Credit Amount £5749
Completion Fee £1
Total Amount Payable £7,302
Fixed Interest Rate 5.6%
Representative APR 10.9%
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* MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they’re not intended to represent real world efficiency.