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Steering, suspension and comfort

This is where the MG 6 is at its strongest. Although the powertrain left us unimpressed, the chassis set-up strikes a good balance between control and comfort. Some might consider the damping a little firm, and on 18in wheels the MG 6 does feel sharper intrusions in the road, particularly if the suspension is already loaded. But over the majority of road surfaces it provides enough absorption without compromising body control.

The 6 is soft enough to soak up the creases and cracks in most urban roads and it settles easily on motorways, yet body roll is progressive and the car always feels stable. Which doesn’t mean that this is the invigorating drive that some might want of a sports fastback. The biggest fly in the ointment is the steering, which is a little heavy and has an overly aggressive self-centring action. The result is that, although linear in its weighting and responses, the steering feels artificial and lacks sensation.

The chassis set-up strikes a good balance between control and comfort

Nonetheless, the MG 6 can be an entertaining car. Turn-in is sharp and there is enough grip and composure for you to feel that you can lean on the chassis through corners to a point where it becomes apparent that this car can encourage more vigorous progress should you want it. In this respect, the MG 6 is certainly comparable with the best in the class, but it should never be compared with the most focused derivatives. Even though the MG 6’s handling is well resolved, it’s a well sorted family hatchback, not a hot hatch.