The MG's lines are not the sort of design to inspire real desirability, but few cars in this class can lay claim to that sort of appeal, and the MG 6 is certainly fresh and current in its appearance.

The swooping fastback rear end works well from most angles, even if the high-set rear lights can look a bit awkward, and the tapering front lights and angular black grille also work well. The Magnette saloon is marginally less convincing.

Richard Bremner Autocar

Richard Bremner

Senior contributing editor
The MG 6 is fresh and current in its appearance

All these elements go some way to masking the size of the 6, which, MG claims, allows the car to straddle the C and D segments. At 4.65 metres long, it does sit conveniently between the 4.4-metre Focus and the 4.8-metre Mondeo, but price will define its market position in the minds of the vast majority of buyers.

With a range that starts at around £15,500 and stretches to £19,000 for the top-spec model, the MG 6 sits in prime C-segment territory

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