4. MG 6 2020 Philippines Review: Engine and Performance
5. MG 6 2020 Review Philippines: Safety features
6. MG 6 2020 Philippines Price & Variants
7. MG 6 2020 Philippines Specs
8. MG 6 2020 Philippines Review: Conclusion
MG brings out all the stops with the MG 6 2020. With all the power of a sports sedan priced like a subcompact, what more can you ever want? Let's find out in our MG 6 2020 Philippines Review.
1. MG 6 2020 Philippines Review: Introduction
The Philippine car market is easy to please; all we want is a nice car with a powerful yet fuel-efficient engine, sporty yet luxurious with leather seats, spacious enough for all our groceries and with legroom that runs for days. Not to mention significant ground clearance (but not so much as to impede ingress).
What if I told you that there is another sporty sedan, that comes from neither Japan or Korea?
We love us some hatchbacks too, although the Philippines is generally a sedan market. SUVs are great too, but affordability is key, or else we walk away. In case you haven’t gotten it by now, this is the point where I hold up my sarcasm sign.
Considering the level of competition they're up against in the Philippines, MG has quite a steep climb ahead of it. Hence, they introduced a range of vehicles to cover almost all their bases, from the MG 5 subcompact SUV to the MG RX5 compact SUV.
MG 6 2020 Review: Introduction
Right in the middle and serving as their Goldilocks model is the top-of-the-line 2020 MG 6, a turbocharged fastback that has come to challenge the likes of the Honda's Civic RS, the Mazda 3 and the Subaru Impreza. But does it have everything you'll need in the compact and even the midsize sedan segment? Read on this MG 6 2020 Philippines review from Philkotse.com to find out.
2. MG 6 2020 Exterior
Let’s get one thing out of the way: 2020MG 6 exterior wins the compact segment's beauty portion with its aggressive fastback design hands down. Feel free to disagree with me in the comments section. While many established brands try to reinvent the wheel or evolve their previous generation’s designs, the MG 6 just breaks all the rules, going all out.
The aptly-named Stardust grille, which looks like something you might see outside the USS Enterprise as it jumps into warp-speed, is nothing short of sublime. The grille sits right between two large LED projector-type headlamps with daytime running lights. Where are the fog lamps, you ask? They're sitting right on top of large, raked air vents at the corner of the bumper.
Much as I love the front design, it's the sides that really take the cake. The front fender panel features a chrome side vent that emphasizes its Euro aspirations. Only the chrome molding at the bottom of the doors breaks the monotony of the design since the profile is largely devoid of strong character lines in favor of subtle creases. I did mention that fastback design, right?
The MG 6 builds on the Civic's partial execution, with the second-row seats folding down to reveal a wider opening to the cargo area. Lift the hood and you'll find the tonneau cover separating the rear seats from the trunk, just like a hatchback. I’m a total fan of this design, hence my glee that MG has decided to adopt this layout.
The rear also boasts a pair of classy LED tail lamps that form beautiful light strips at night, and you won’t mistake this for any other car in the market. Those 18-inch mags are just icing on the cake really and I wouldn’t want to replace them - right away, that is.
3. MG 6 2020 Interior
If there is one indication of what the MG 6 2020 aims to become, it's inside the car. What most significantly noticed about 2020 MG 6 interior is that it has full leather two-tone red and black leather seats, with faux carbon fiber inserts on the shifter column, center console, and door panels. There is so much red on the inside as well as some soft-touch plastic splattered everywhere, you’ll feel like you’re driving a car that costs twice as much.
Ergonomics are spot-on as well, with a power-adjustable driver’s seat and a leather flat-bottomed steering wheel that adjusts for both reach and rake. The front seats are heavily bolstered to keep you in place during hard cornering, although plus-sized drivers might have some trouble staying put. While keeping three occupants abreast at the rear is fine, space is best left to two owing to the compromised headroom of the fastback design.
One look at the interior and you know that the MG 6 is supposed to go fast
There's an abundance of toys as well. The chunky steering wheel has multimedia and cruise control buttons, and if you peek at the steering column you also get paddle shifters if you prefer to manually row through the gears. Apple CarPlay thankfully makes an appearance on the 7-inch capacitive LCD touchscreen, the better to access your phone’s apps through the car.
As an added bonus, rear passengers will thank you for purchasing a car that has rear A/C vents, which I feel should be a standard kit, especially considering our hot summer months.
Apple CarPlay comes standard, no monthly fees here (*cough*BMW*cough*)
4. MG 6 2020 Philippines Review: Engine and Performance
Getting to the point under the hood, the MG 6 2020 has a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that makes 166 hp @ 5,600 RPM and 250 Nm of pulling power. I don’t have to tell you what this means for the cars in the same segment; you can practically hear the Kia Forte Koup and the Honda Civic worrying about a car with the power to keep up with them, at half a million pesos less than their top of the line models.
You might ask how does it fare in real-world driving conditions? I’m happy to report that the MG 6 engine has the chutzpah to back the hype up. The advanced, wet-type dual-clutch transmission, transfers the power efficiently through the front wheels, minimizing power loss as opposed to the more common dry-type dual-clutch setup.
There's still a bit of shudder, but at least it’s not as disconcerting as others. Wet-type DCTs are also the way to go for high torque applications, which should allay fears of the car drivetrain breaking so soon.
The MG 6 offers more smiles per hour for the buck
Steering is precise and weighty enough to inspire confidence out on the highway but adjusts itself accordingly thanks to a tight 11.4m turning radius during parking attempts. The independent suspension all around is tuned a bit towards the firm side of the spectrum, yet attacking corners at high speeds may not be advisable with theMG 6 as the car is more at home as a grand tourer than a slalom champion.
Its 0-100 km/h acceleration is rated at a brisk seven seconds while fuel economy in city driving hovers at 6-7 km/l with our typical Manila crawling speed. You wouldn’t be left wanting in the MG 6 2020.
In typical MG Philippines fashion, the 2020 MG 6 packs a healthy dose of safety features, coming standard with every letter in the alphabet such as ABS, ESP, EBD, CBC, TCS, VDC, and HHC. OMG, right?
2020 MG 6 packs a healthy dose of safety features such as ABS, ESP, EBD, and more
To be clear, those acronyms stand for Antilock Brake System, Electronic Stability Program, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Cornering Brake Control, Traction Control, Vehicle Dynamic Control, and Hill Hold Control. Top it off with six airbags and you have one of the safest compact sedans in the market.
You'll notice in this MG 6 2020 review in the Philippines, I've compared the 2020 MG 6 to more established models in the segment, particularly the Honda Civic RS. The compact SUV age has seen compact sedan sales waning, making the playing field even more competitive than ever.
Those in the market for a conventional sedan are looking at all the features available to them relative to the asking price, the logic is why would they want to sacrifice space, ride height and hauling capability for a car that has basically the same price?
With the MG 6, you get everything you ever wanted, and so much more, for less
This is where the MG 6 comes into play. It offers so much in terms of looks, performance, tech and safety features for a relatively reasonable asking price. It doesn’t encroach on SUV money, and you get a sporty vehicle for yourself. When all is said and done, the battle of the compact sedan segment will be won by the carmaker that's ready to offer the customers more for the buck, even if it means less profit for them.