The popular MG HS and MG5 EV have continued their prize-winning form, having been named Best Car for City Drivers and Best Car for Dog Owners respectively at the sixth annual Auto Trader New Car Awards.
Praised by owners for its comfort, safety, and reliability, the MG HS fought off strong competition from the Toyota Yaris and Vauxhall Corsa to claim the crown as the UK’s Best Car for City Drivers.
Sporty on the outside yet family-friendly on the inside, the MG HS is available with a choice of a spritely but efficient 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine or a plug-in hybrid model that delivers up to 32 miles of electric-only driving with zero tailpipe emissions – enough for a typical commute.
Erin Baker, Auto Trader’s Editorial Director, said: “The MG HS might be a large SUV, but owners who live in the city absolutely love it. They value its comfort, safety and the reliability it brings. We received some brilliant feedback from owners who told us the MG was so easy to charge and is great for use in towns. Some commented on the exceptional interior as well as the very low running costs.”
The all-electric MG5 EV, meanwhile, collected the award for Best Car for Dog Owners after it drew praise for its space and practicality, beating competing finalists the Toyota RAV4 and Peugeot 208.
“When it comes to the best car for dogs, consumers valued space, comfort and ease of use for transporting their four-legged friends,” said Baker.
The 100% electric MG5 EV offers up to 250 miles of driving range (WLTP) and rapid charging to 80% in just 61 minutes. Its highly practical estate body style delivers 578 litres of storage space, rising to 1,456 litres with the rear seats folded, in a cargo area filled with clever touches such as a dual-height boot floor.
Both the MG5 and MG HS feature a generous level of standard equipment that includes adaptive cruise control, automatic headlights, a rear parking camera, and a state-of-the-art infotainment system with both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™.
Unlike other car awards which rely solely on editorial judging panels, the winners of the Auto Trader New Car Awards are determined by 156,500 genuine car owners who voted for 19 of this year’s 22 categories, making them true consumer champions.
Owners who have bought, driven and lived with their new cars were asked to rate them according to a range of lifestyle factors. The Auto Trader New Car Awards cover a broad range of consumer-centric categories, including Most Fun to Drive, Best Car for Dog Owners, and the Best Car for New Drivers.
Baker explained: “The Auto Trader New Car Awards recognise the brands and cars that are doing it right in the eyes of those whose opinions matter most: consumers. The awards are now in their sixth year and we had input from over 156,500 consumers telling us what they thought about all aspects of owning and driving a car. They prove how manufacturers are taking consumers’ needs into consideration and innovating to bring a great and wide choice to market. MG, and all of this year’s winners, are incredibly well-deserving.”
Guy Pigounakis, Commercial Director at MG Motor UK, commented: “The feedback from our customers is what matters most to us, and I’m delighted to hear the MG HS and MG5 gain such positive appreciation from the people who drive them every day.”
“Their comments and these awards reinforce our commitment to offering exceptional value, innovative engineering, and class-leading warranty support, with an ever-expanding range of models that are making EVs affordable for everyone.”
The historic brand recently announced it had enjoyed a record start to 2022, achieving more sales in the first five months of this year than in the entirety of 2020, a notable performance that looks set to continue thanks to a number of brand new models promised for later this year.
All MGs are backed by a comprehensive 7-year warranty with support from a network of over 150 dealerships across the country.
Prices for the MG HS start at £22,625 on-the-road, with the all-electric MG5 EV available from £28,195.