I know your MG history- been around here for years, which is why I thought your purchase was at least partially driven that way.
Can't understand your comment about the CX5 though. We have the sport Nav which has leather, Bose speakers, lots of gadgets, electric everything, well screwed together- it's a lovely cabin of a little dull. It certainly was less than£23k
The Nissan isn't even in the same league, and the GS well it's OK, but I wouldn't want a long journey in it.
We were looking, but in truth the CX5 looks and feels like it's brand new after 3 years and is far better looking than the competition so we are holding off for a while
I was close to getting a Qashqai to be honest we already traded our MG3 last year for the Nissan XTrail T32. The Nissan in the Tekna spec with full leather is a £32K car with white pearl paint, chrome pack and side steps.You are correct the CX5 isn't in the same league as the XTrail, the CX5 is in the class below more of a Qashqai competitor.
The XTrail has Full LED lights, panaromic roof, blind spot detection, 360 degree cameras, autonomous braking, park assist, 19 inch alloy wheels, electric opening and shutting tailgate, it really is a fantastic vehicle and worth considering when you change.
The dash plastic on the CX5 I thought was no better than the GS,in particular the rear door card that had badly scratched on the demo car, a major consideration with a 4 year old, although it was not the worst interior, that was the Toyota Rav 4 closely followed by the Hyundai Tucsan, the best interior has to be the Volvo range.
Not sure why you wouldn't want to do a long journey in the GS, if it is anything like the 6 (or the 3 for that matter) it will be superb, and that 168BHP unit is sweet.
My MG6 will be 5 years old in December and it is also like new, I am only selling it as I fancy a change.
Enjoy your CX5, and I will enjoy my GS