MG 6

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MG 6
MG 6 MK2 front.jpg
ManufacturerMG Motor (SAIC Motor)
Body and chassis
ClassSmall family car (C)
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive

The MG 6 is a compact car which has been produced by the Chinese owned British automotive manufacturer MG Motor since 2010. It is slotted slightly above the compact sedan MG GT, and the compact hatchback MG 5.

First generation[edit]

MG 6 (First Generation)
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ManufacturerMG Motor (SAIC Motor)
Also calledMG 6 GT (GT/Fastback)
MG 6 Magnette (Saloon)
MG 6 Sedan (Thailand)
AssemblyLongbridge, Birmingham, United Kingdom (until 2016)
Laem Chabang, Thailand (CPG)
Nanjing, China
DesignerAnthony Williams-Kenny[1]
Body and chassis
ClassSmall family car (C)
Body style5-door GT/fastback
4-door notchback saloon
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
RelatedRoewe 550
Engine1.8 L Kavachi turbo I4 (petrol)
1.9 L I4 (diesel)
Wheelbase2,705 mm (106.5 in)
Length4,651 mm (183.1 in)
Width1,827 mm (71.9 in)
Height1,472 mm (58.0 in)
Curb weight1,485 kg (3,274 lb) (petrol)
1,521 kg (3,353 lb) (diesel)
PredecessorRover 45

The first generation MG 6 was initially announced in April 2009 at the Shanghai Auto Show, as a five-door GT/fastback[2] and in October 2010 at Shanghai Expo as a four-door notchback saloon model.[3] It is derived from the Roewe 550, hence being distantly related to the Rover 75, sharing its front subframe.[4]

The MG6 sold below expectations in the United Kingdom, eventually being dropped from the range there in 2016, whilst continuing in other markets.


The five door fastback/hatchback, known as the MG 6 GT, went on sale in the United Kingdom in May 2011,[5] the saloon, known as the MG 6 Magnette, went on sale on 16 July 2011.[6] A diesel model joined the range at the end of 2012. The first Thai assembled car rolled off the assembly line on 4 June 2014,[7] with a potential for 5,000 cars per annum.[8]


Like the Roewe 550, some of the development and styling of the MG 6 was done at the SAIC UK Technical Centre although the main design and development contract was given to EDAG - Shanghai. It was originally designed as a Roewe badged model (IP22 Project) but, as SAIC took control of Nanjing Auto, owners of the MG brand, the nearly finished vehicle went through a facelift and came out as the first Chinese MG car.

The MG 6 commenced production in China in 2010[9] and for a brief period in partially knock down form at Longbridge, United Kingdom, from 13 April 2011.[10] Since 2013, the MG 3 supermini also undergoes some limited final assembly at the same factory until 2016.[11]

Following the hatchback 6 GT, the notchback saloon version debuted in June 2011, carrying the Magnette name, which was used by MG during the 1950s to 1960s for its saloon cars, and also in the 1930s for the MG K-type. The MG 6 Magnette is quite different from the MG 6 GT GT/fastback, as it has a boot rather than a hatchback.


MG 6 1.8 Turbo liftback sedan rear
MG6 4-door sedan rear

In the United Kingdom, the car was initially launched as the MG 6, but on release to the public in May 2011 as the fastback model, was announced as the MG 6 GT.[12] For the MG 6 GT, three levels of trim are available with increasing levels of equipment and trim; S, SE and TSE. These all share the same mechanical specification, although the TSE gains 18" wheels over the standard 17".

The launch models were available with the petrol TCI-Tech 1.8 litre engine, available in two states of tune, 133 bhp (99 kW; 135 PS) and 158 bhp (118 kW; 160 PS) (with turbo), the latter being available from launch in China and as the only engine option at launch in the United Kingdom.[13]

All models are equipped with a five speed manual transmission, front MacPherson strut suspension and multi link rear suspension.[14] The 1.8 L turbo can accelerate to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds, has an official combined fuel consumption of 35.6mpg and a CO2 figure of 184g/km.

Top speed is restricted to 120 mph (193 km/h) to allow the car to be a rated a lower insurance bracket.[15] Minor improvements to the MG 6 in April 2012 resulted in fuel economy figure of 37.7mpg (official combined) and reducing CO2 down to 174g/km.[16]

A 1.9 litre diesel DTi-Tech engine joined the range at the end of 2012, producing 148 bhp (110 kW; 150 PS) and 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) and producing CO2 emissions of 139g/km.[17] The diesel engine is mated to a six speed manual gearbox, and the steering has changed to an electro hydraulic powered system.[18]

In July 2014, the diesel engine was updated, reducing its CO2 emissions to 129g/km.[19]

The MG6 was facelifted for April 2015, receiving a range of exterior and interior changes including a 75 kg (165 lb) reduction in weight. It was unveiled at the Chengdu Motor Show in August 2014.[20]

In the United Kingdom, the main mechanical changes comprised an improvement in efficiency for the diesel model, and the withdrawal of the petrol version. The facelifted model can be identified by its new lights and bumpers, front and rear, and a substantially updated interior, including a new console and electronic parking brake.[21] Models in other markets retained two versions of the 1.8 litre petrol engine.


The MG6 won the What Car? 2012 Security Award. In the Auto Express Driver Power Survey in 2014, it won the Best Handling Award, and came sixth overall in the ‘Best Car to Own’ category. In 2016, the MG6 won three awards, these being.

  • Auto Express Driver Power: Best Family Car Bronze Winner
  • Auto Express Driver Power Road Handling: Silver Winner
  • The Caravan Club Tow Car of the Year: Class Winner under £17,500.


The engines available in the United Kingdom for the MG6 were:

Petrol engines
Model Engine Displacement Date Power Torque Top Speed 0–62 mph Combined Economy CO2 Emissions
1.8 TCi-Tech I4 1,796 cc 2010–2015 160 PS (118 kW; 158 hp) at 5,500 rpm 215 N⋅m (159 lb⋅ft) at 1,750–4,500 rpm 120 mph (190 km/h) 8.4s 37.7 mpg 174 g/km
Diesel engines
Model Engine Displacement Date Power Torque Top Speed 0–62 mph Combined Economy CO2 Emissions
1.9 DTi-Tech I4 1,849 cc 2012–2014 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) at 4,000 rpm 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) at 1,800 rpm 120 mph (190 km/h) 8.9s 57.6 mpg 139 g/km
1.9 DTi-Tech I4 1,849 cc 2014–2015 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) at 4,000 rpm 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) at 1,800 rpm 120 mph (190 km/h) 8.9s 57.6 mpg 129 g/km
1.9 DTi-Tech I4 1,849 cc 2015– 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) at 4,000 rpm 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) at 1,800 rpm 120 mph (190 km/h) 8.4s 61.4 mpg 119 g/km

The engines available in China and Thailand for the New MG6 are:

Petrol engines
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Top Speed 0–62 mph Combined Economy CO2 Emissions
1.8 TCi-Tech I4 1,796 cc 161 PS (118 kW; 159 hp) at 5,500 rpm 215 N⋅m (159 lb⋅ft) at 1,750–4,500 rpm 130 mph (210 km/h) 11.09s 42.5 mpg 174 g/km
1.8 TCi-Tech I4 1,796 cc 161 PS (118 kW; 159 hp) at 5,500 rpm 215 N⋅m (159 lb⋅ft) at 1,750–4,500 rpm 132 mph (212 km/h) 10.35s 41.1 mpg 174 g/km
1.8 TCi-Tech I4 1,796 cc 135 PS (99 kW; 133 hp) at 5,500 rpm 215 N⋅m (159 lb⋅ft) at 1,750–4,500 rpm 120 mph (190 km/h)
Diesel engines
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Top Speed 0–62 mph Combined Economy CO2 Emissions
1.9 DTi-Tech I4 1,849 cc 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) at 4,000 rpm 350 N⋅m (258 lb⋅ft) at 1,800 rpm 120 mph (190 km/h) 8.9s 57.6 mpg 129 g/km


Euro NCAP 6[22] Points Rating
Overall Score: 81.0 out of 128 4/5 stars
Adult Occupant: 26.4 out of 36 73%
Child Occupant: 34.6 out of 49 71%
Pedestrian Impact: 15.0 out of 36 42%
Safety Assist: 5.0 out of 7 71%
ANCAP 6[23] Points Rating
Overall Score: 27.73 out of 37 4/5 stars
Offset Impact: 10.22 out of 16
Side Impact: 13.51 out of 16
Pole Impact: 2 out of 2
Bonus Points: 2 out of 3


Initial 2011 sales of the MG 6 were slow in the United Kingdom, with only 15 units in October 2011, only seven registrations for the MG brand as a whole were recorded in November (of which three were presumably TF roadsters).[24][25] Some cited lack of advertising and low perceived quality as problematic, while the absence of a diesel and an estate option were also mooted.[25][26]

In December 2011, car rental company Avis UK Ltd announced that it would be running 100 MG 6 GT and Magnette in its rental fleet, and took delivery of these cars.[27] For 2012, MG sold 782 cars in the United Kingdom.[28]

Initial production was projected in the range of 2,000 to 3,000 per annum, although these volumes were never achieved, and in 2016, MG Motor UK withdrew the MG6 from sale in the United Kingdom.[29]


  • The AA 3.5/5 stars[30]
    Likes: Sharp handling and good ride, high standard specification, great value for money, good space efficiency.
    Gripes: Noisy engine when extended, some low quality cabin materials, no automatic option.
  • Autocar 3.5/5 stars[31]
    'The MG6 is now a greener proposition than ever before, but its bland cabin aesthetics are still letting the side down.'
  • Auto Express 3/5 stars[32]
    For: Involving handling, performance, standard kit levels.
    Against: Limited engine choice, poor quality interior, awkward looks.
  • Auto Trader 2.6/5 stars[33]
    'Despite Chinese ownership, the MG 6 is designed and built at Longbridge to take on family [cars]. It’s a decent drive, with sharp handling, and there's loads of interior space. Some serious flaws, though.'
  • Evo 3/5 stars [34][35]
    [+] One of the best in its class to drive, well priced.
    [-] Don't expect premium feel at these prices, gutless [petrol] engine and low-rent cabin.
  • MSN Cars 3/5 stars[36]
    Positives: ride and handling, equipment, practicality, styling and price.
    Negatives: interior plastics [and] economy.

Second Generation[edit]

MG 6 (Second Generation)
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ManufacturerMG Motor (SAIC Motor)
AssemblyNanjing, China
Body and chassis
ClassSmall family car (C)
Body style5-door Liftback
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
RelatedRoewe i6
Engine1.5L (20T)Turbo I4 (petrol)
1.0L Turbo I3 + SAIC EDU (45T eMG6)
Transmission6-speed manual
7-speed DCT
2-speed electric transmission
Wheelbase2,715 mm (106.9 in)
Length4,695 mm (184.8 in)
Width1,848 mm (72.8 in)
Height1,462 mm (57.6 in)
Curb weight1320kg
PredecessorMG 6 First Generation

In November 2017, the second generation was unveiled at Nanjing Wanchi race track. The next generation of MG 6 incorporates MG's new design language "Emotional Dynamism" which was launched with MG's second SUV, the MG ZS in 2016. The new grille which is an important part of MG's new design language is called 'Star Rider'.[37][38]

The MG 6 shares a platform with the Roewe i6 sedan, and just like the Roewe ei6, an eMG 6 plug in hybrid version is also available. Price of the second generation MG 6 starts from 96,800 RMB to 132,800 RMB.[39] A specification for the United Kingdom was revealed in the spring of 2018, and will be on sale in the country by the end of 2018.[40]


MG cars in the BTCC between 2012 and 2014.

In January 2012, MG Motor announced that it would enter the 2012 British Touring Car Championship. Triple 8 Race Engineering ran a pair of works MG 6 GT models through the MG KX Momentum Racing team, driven by Jason Plato and Andy Neate. Plato ended the season in third place, with the car yet to find its foot in wet conditions. The team returned in 2013 with Sam Tordoff replacing Neate in the second MG, who performed well in his debut year having joined through the KX Academy scheme. Plato once again came third, with Tordoff sixth.

In 2014, MG won the Manufacturers' Championship to break Honda's four-year reign. After just three years of competition, the MG6 GT sealed the title by 95 points at the season finale at Brands Hatch.

Drivers Plato and Tordoff racked up seven wins and twenty podiums in the thirty race calendar, as Plato finished second in the Drivers' Championship behind Colin Turkington, while Tordoff finished seventh. The 2014 season also saw a third Triple Eight maintained MG6 GT on the grid, driven by Marc Hynes, who finished his début season in 18th.

For the 2015 campaign, MG returned with a new driver line up of 2013 champion Andrew Jordan and Jack Goff, both drivers left prior to the 2016 season. On 8 March 2016, Triple Eight Racing confirmed that Josh Cook and Ashley Sutton would drive for the team in the 2016 British Touring Car Championship.

MG 6 BTCC drivers to date have been:

Year Team Drivers
2012 MG KX Momentum Racing Jason Plato, Andy Neate
2013 MG KX Momentum Racing Jason Plato, Sam Tordoff
2014 MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save Jason Plato, Sam Tordoff
Quantel BiFold Racing Marc Hynes
2015 MG Triple Eight Racing Andrew Jordan, Jack Goff
2016 MG RCIB Insurance Racing Josh Cook, Ashley Sutton
2017 MG RCIB Insurance Racing Árón Taylor-Smith, Daniel Lloyd, Josh Cook
2018 AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing Rory Butcher, Tom Boardman, Ant Whorton-Eales, Glynn Geddie, Josh Caygill
2019 Excelr8 Motorsport Rob Smith , TBA


Calendar Year Thailand
2014 204[41]
2015 367[42]
2016 1,055[43]
2017 433[44]


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