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  • 2021 MG HS Plug-In Hybrid arrives in Australia
  • New flagship to the HS line-up
  • Up to 52km of zero-emissions driving
  • Plenty of tech and safety gear
  • Priced from $46,990 drive-away

Update 4/3/21: MG has updated the combined power and torque figures for the HS PHEV to 189kW and 370Nm, not 209kW and 480Nm as provided initially. The main body of this article has been updated to reflect this change.

The 2021 MG HS Plug-In Hybrid has arrived into the Australian market as one of the best-value plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models available.

The new electrified MG enters as the flagship to the HS range, priced from $46,990 drive-away.

To read our price and specs story for the MG HS Core, click here.

Buyers will get approximately 52 kilometres of all-electric driving from a liquid-cooled 16.6kWh battery, calculated using the updated WLTP test cycle.

The 90kW electric motor is complimented by a 119kW/250Nm 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, for a total output of 189kW and 370Nm, taking the MG to 100km/h from a standstill in 6.9 seconds.

A full charge of the HS's battery takes around five hours using a 7kW wall charger at home, using a Type 2 plug.

Fuel economy is claimed at a combined 1.7 litres for every 100km driven, with emissions listed at 39g/km.

Inside, seats are trimmed in Bader leather upholstery with Alcantara trim and contrast red stitching, with heating and extra bolstering for the front occupants. Customisable ambient lighting, dual-zone climate control, and a panoramic sunroof are all standard, and each row gets two USB chargers. Luggage capacity is listed as 1275 litres with the 60/40 split rear seats folded down.

The driver gets a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, while a 10.1-inch screen looks after infotainment duties, complete with satellite navigation, 360-degree cameras, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto capability, and a six-speaker audio system with surround sound.

MG also offers keyless entry and start, electric folding mirrors with heating, and a remote-controlled power tailgate.

The electrified SUV is fitted with the company's 'Pilot Active Safety Technology' suite, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, blind-spot detection, semi-autonomous emergency braking, road sign detection, rear cross-traffic alert, semi-autonomous traffic jam assist, and auto high-beam control.

On the outside, the HS gets LED headlights and daytime-running lights, LED tail-lights with sequential indicators, and a set of 18-inch alloy wheels.

Four metallic colours are available: New Pearl White, Sterling Silver, Phantom Red, and Clipper Blue.

The 2021 MG HS Plug-In Hybrid comes with a five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty, with an eight-year/160,000km battery warranty.

2021 MG HS Plug-In Hybrid Australian pricing

  • HS PHEV – $46,990

Note: Prices are listed as drive-away. Click on any of the photos to access the photo gallery.