Plug-in MG HS cuts cost of PHEVs

James Batchelor


Hot on the heels of the announcement of a new all-electric estate car - the MG5 - MG has revealed its first plug-in hybrid model. Called the HS Plug-in, it's a PHEV version of the HS that's only been available in pure petrol power up to now, and rivals the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4. It pairs a 160bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine with a 90kW electric motor, giving a total output of 256bhp, and emits 43g/km. MG quotes a pure-electric range of 32 miles, which is less than the Peugeot, but the MG is cheaper to buy and run.

Like butter, MG seems to be on a roll at the moment

With prices starting at £29,995, it's nearly £7,000 cheaper than the Peugeot, and the HS sits in the 10% BiK company car bracket while the Peugeot has to reside in the 12% group. 

The £29,995 Excite model gets a 10.1-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 360-degree parking camera, dual-zone climate control and a raft of safety and driving aids packaged under the title 'MG Pilot'. Prices top out at £32,495 for the Exclusive which adds a panoramic sunroof, leather seats, ambient lighting and LED headlights with fancy 'scrolling' LED indicators.

MG is being bullish on capturing a healthy slice of the electric car market in the UK. It believes the HS Plug-in, along with the new MG5 electric estate car and the ZS EV (launched in 2019) will account for 50% of its UK sales in 2021.

Even the poshest version is a chunk cheaper than rivals

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