Bahrain Confidential drives and reviews MG’s latest mid-sized salon.
MG was a famous English car maker renowned for its inexpensive 2-seater sports cars such as the MG Midget and MGB GT.
The company, now under Chinese ownership, stopped manufacturing sports cars and instead focused on producing high volumes of family-friendly affordable motors – and the company has ambitious plans, so expect MG to sell well in the price-conscious Bahrain market.
Last month, I had the opportunity to drive on Bahrain’s roads the new MG6, a model that was originally launched in 2011 and keeps getting better with each revision.
Powered by a new 1.5-litre turbo four-cylinder engine, it produces 133kW/285Nm, offering 169bhp and zero to 100kmh acceleration in a very respectable 7 seconds.
I found it a surprisingly enjoyable drive. Okay, it’s not a sports car, but it’s quite fun and even corners quite nicely.
It is a front-wheel drive and has a seven-speed dual-clutch auto transmission. The aggressive looking blacked-out front grill proudly bears the historic MG badge, and there’s decent amounts of driver, passenger, and boot space inside.
It comes with standard fitted LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a rear spoiler on the headline high-spec ‘Trophy edition’ which is the version that I was driving.
There’s comfortable seating for five adults and lots of space in the boot. There’s also lots of built-in storage spaces.
There’s a 7.0 inch touchscreen media system, paddle shifts, a flat bottom sports steering wheel, leather seats, dual zone climate control, rear parking camera, a tire pressure monitoring system, and an electronic parking brake.
This is a decent value-for-money car and it comes very well equipped. If you’re on a budget, it’s going to be hard to better the MG’s equipment and performance for money.
To arrange your own test drive in Bahrain, call Zayani Motors on +973 1770 3703 or visit their website.