Have been to see the Mitsubishi ASX and the Suzuki Vitara today.
What strikes me is the number of reviews criticising the MG for its interior quality and more specifically the use of hard plastics throughout.
The strikes me as odd given just how many cars adopt the same approach. Today's cars are no different, neither had a soft touch plastic anywhere inside the cabin.
This is an interesting one because it looks keenly priced in some spec but is quite poorly kitted out unless you venture into the £22k+ price range. Even from 20 yards it has a cheap look to the exterior and looks rather ungainly from most angles. Step inside and you are met with a horrible mix of ancient plastics, carry-over switches that look to have seen service since the 1980's and flimsy and totally un-styled fixtures and fittings, from the door handles to the radio to the switches and indicators. It's truly a terrible cabin, devoid of any styling features, very slab-like and black. The 'leather' look seats are terrible, ill-fitting covers with ripples and bubbles everywhere. The doors have absolutely no weight to them at all and shut with a hollow, tinny sound. I walk away form this car, having had some hope that Suzuki would not let us down, completely deflated. The interior is one of the worst I've seen in ages and, frankly, astounding that it managed to get into production looking the way it does.
From the outside this is a very bland car, the overall shape is ok but the branding makes it look like one of those de-badged cars they use in insurance adverts. Like a ghost of a real car. Not particularly unattractive but nothing on the GS in the exterior looks department. Step inside and it feels a little better than the Vitara, but again, there is not one soft-touch plastic anywhere inside. What is very noticeable over the Vitara is that they have at least tried to style the interior, fixtures and fittings looks like they've been specifically made for this car rather than the parts bin effort of the Vitara. There is generally much more attention to detail and whilst hard, the plastics do not feel particularly cheap. A significant improvement over the Vitara in every respect, again, quite expensive when venturing into the better spec.
So here are at least another two cars that I think the MG can more than hold its own against. For showroom appeal, it wipes the floor with both. It's possibly questionable whether it can hold it's own on the the under the skin stuff, Suzuki do make great engines and are well proven, Mitsubishi I'm never sure whether they are good or bad, it seems they seem to be in the news for one scandal or other.
I read an Express review of the GS today Nat Barnes: MG GS crossover review | Cars | Life & Style | Daily Express
and it was slated throughout, interestingly this same publication reviewed the Vitara and never once mentioned the interior at all...?