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2021 MG HS range review: Data tables

All the data points you need to compare the five MG HS variants side-by-side

Data. Data. Data. Readers and viewers have been asking for it, so here you go!
This is part of a series of data-driven comparison pieces that simply provide information between multiple models, as well as our CarAdvice 'perfect spec' pick of the range.

2021 MG HS range data tables

The MG HS medium SUV had a pretty solid year in 2020, it's first full 12-month period on sale. At 2600 units, the HS outsold the Renault Koleos (2408) and Ford Escape (1971), but still has a way to go to combat cars like the Kia Sportage (9579) and Mazda CX-5 (21,979).

That said, keen pricing and an expanding line up should set up the HS range for further growth in 2021, but with five variants now available, which one is right for you?

What follows are all the details on each of the MG HS variants (including those we recently covered in our Range Review Video), neatly laid out for you to compare side by side. We’ve added the new entry-level Core variant and special edition Anfield version to the data too.

2021 MG HS VARIANTS:CoreVibeExciteEssenceEssence Anfield
Price (drive away)$29,990$31,990$34,990$38,990$40,690
Metallic paint option cost$700$700$700$700-

Engine and driveline

All MG HS variants share the same core components in terms of engine and driveline.

2021 MG HS VARIANTS:Core / Vibe / Excite / Essence / Essence Anfield
Engine format1.5-litre four-cylinder, 16-valve, turbocharged petrol
Displacement1490 cc
Power119kW @ 5600rpm
Torque250Nm @ 4400rpm
Emission standardEuro 5
CO2 emissions170g/km
Fuel consumption (urban)9.2L/100km
Fuel consumption (highway)6.2L/100km
Fuel consumption (combined)7.3L/100km
Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Transmission7-speed twin-clutch automatic
Towing capacity750kg

Rolling stock

Alloy wheels are standard on all models, but the Core and Vibe are on slightly smaller rims than the rest of the range.

2021 MG HS VARIANTS:Core / VibeExcite / Essence / Essence Anfield
Rim size (diameter)17-inch x 6.5"18-inch x 7.5"
Tyre size215/60 R17235/50 R18
Brake size (front)312mm x 25mm
Brake size (rear)304mm x 12mm

Size and shape

Again, all cars share the same body style and overall footprint. The HS Core isn't quite as tall, due to a lack of roof rails.

2021 MG HS VARIANTS:CoreVibe / Excite / Essence / Essence Anfield
Ground clearance175mm
Weight (tare)1520kg
Rear-seat fold split60:40
Boot volume (all seats in place)463-litres
Boot volume (all seats folded)1287-litres

Safety equipment

In what is becoming the norm for many manufacturers, all key safety features are offered across all models, as is the full MG Pilot driver assistance suite.

2021 MG HS VARIANTS:Core / Vibe / Excite / Essence / Essence Anfield
Airbags6 (dual front, side and curtain)
ANCAP safety rating5-star (tested 2019)
Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)yes
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)yes - with traffic-jam assist (will brake to stop in queueing traffic)
Forward Collision Alarm (FCA)yes
Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM)yes
Rear Cross-Traffic Alertyes
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)yes
Lane Keeping Aid (LKA)no
Speed Limit Assist (sign recognition)yes
Door open warning (if vehicle or object approaching)yes
Child seat anchor points (top tether)3
ISOFIX seat anchor points (integrated)2
Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)yes - LED
Automatic Headlightsyes

Other equipment

Right, well this is where it gets more interesting. We've split out some of the more important items and noted on which variants they are included. It's worth noting that the only option available on the HS range is paint colour, so if a variant doesn't have the feature you are after, you will need to go up a grade.

For some basic inclusions across all models, you'll find power windows and mirrors, rear parking sensors, remote central locking and push-button start on every MG HS variant.

The 10.1-inch LCD touch-screen with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard in all cars too.

2021 MG HS VARIANTS:CoreVibeExciteEssenceEssence Anfield
Keyless entry-yesyesyesyes
Power tailgate--yesyesyes
Parking camerarearrearrear360-degree360-degree
Seat trimclothsynthetic leathersynthetic leatherleatherred exclusive leather
Seat adjustmentmanualmanualmanualpowerpower
Heated seats---yesyes
Air conditioningautomatic single-zonedual-zone climate control
Rear air vents-yesyesyesyes
Sound-system speakers46666
Integrated satellite navigation--yesyesyes
Ambient lighting--yesyesyes
USB ports14444
Reading lightsfrontfrontfrontfront & rearfront & rear
Panoramic sunroof---yesyes
'Super Sport' Mode--yesyesyes

The CarAdvice pick

While heated seats and a big sunroof are always attractive, it's hard to go past the well-rounded value of the mid-grade MG HS Excite as our pick. The step up from the Vibe adds the power tailgate, LED headlamps and dual-zone climate functions that feel well-worth the $3000 price premium. We'd spend the extra $700 on Surfing Blue paint too.

What other range data comparisons would you like to see? And are we right with our pick of the MG HS Excite as the best option in the range? Let us know in the comments below.

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