Nice review. You seem pleased with the car which is encouraging. Which model have you gone for?
That's ridiculous. What's the official MG line of how to fit the spare wheel they have supplied you?
I went for an Exclusive in white, I've always liked white cars and the first MG I bought was white. I went for the Exclusive as I though the additional features you get over and above the Excite were worth the additional £2K when amortised over the 5 years I expect to keep the car.
To clarify the situation with the spare wheel, the options list includes an alloy wheel which I ordered and Simon arranged for a tyre to be fitted to it. So to be fair they donít actually offer a full sized spare but all the same it would be nice to be able to purchase all the missing bits. My reason for wanting a full sized spare is Murphy dictates Iíll be hundreds of miles from home when I need it and the thought of driving several hundred miles at 50MPH doesnít appeal.
There are a couple of other options I would have liked, front parking sensors (which I found very useful on my previous car), ďbendyĒ headlights as fitted to the later version 6 and a memory function for the driverís seat (which may be expecting a bit much but the other half keeps moving it)
A few more thoughts a prospective buyer might find of interest.
I did order a couple of other items with the car. A towbar which is a very neat installation and when the hook/ball is removed shows no sign one is fitted, even the electrical socket folds out of the way. Mud flaps, a bit pricey but neat even though the spring clips were fitted back to front. Rubber boot matt, reasonable price and it feels very tough. Under boot floor storage tray but as previously mentioned I had to return it as it wouldnít fit with the full size spare.
One item Iím not keen on is the side steps, these make getting in and out more of a chore than it needs to be, yes I do know you can remove them and Iím still may do that.
The back window is bit small and restricts the view in the rear mirror, the automatic rear view mirror is good but it takes a little getting used to.
The steering wheel looks odd with a blank section on the right hand side where the cruise control should be.
I do like the cooled glove box although I havenít needed it yet and I do like the reversing camera albeit both it and the back of the car get very dirty when the roads are wet.
The passenger compartment fuse box still eludes me, why do I want to know where it is?, in the (probably vain) hope that I might pick up a supply for my dashcam as you can in the F/TF.
The mileage to empty function goes crazy when you need it most, going from plenty of fuel left to youíre about to run out now, for no apparent reason. Perhaps itís a Chinese joke?
The information display between the 2 dials is very informative but itís a shame itís not the same white as the dials, probably just my OCD.
The engine pulls well and almost has the feel of a diesel once the turbo spins up but does suffer from a bit of lag on occasions. It looks like it could be reasonably economical if the onboard MPG is to be believed but Iíll need to wait until itís run in and then use my own figures to confirm this.
Most of the above are just personal observations and I still think itís a good car. I would recommend it to a prospective buyer on my experience so far.