MG have recently launched their first SUV in Australia. The MG GS comes to our shores at an affordable price point without skimping on quality or luxuries. I recently took the MG GS on a weekend away to Sydney’s Palm Beach. It proved to be an ideal companion for the coastal getaway.
My journey began on Friday evening, where I left the city for the drive up the coast to a house overlooking the stunning Whale Beach. The drive was enjoyable not only because I knew I had a weekend of relaxation and leisure awaiting, but due to the super smooth journey the MG GS provided. The high seating position added to the cruisey driving experience, and thanks to the leather seats with lumbar support it was super comfortable throughout the whole peak hour journey north. I was made aware of the car’s rain-sensing front wipers when it started coming down during the drive. Before I knew it, the wipers were off, and I didn’t have to lift a finger!
The next day entailed quite a bit of driving around and checking out the area. Lunch was served with a side of beach views at the Boathouse; a local institution. Post-meal and after a short stroll along the sand, I jumped back in the car, which quickly reconnected to my phone via Bluetooth. It automatically resumed playing music at the point I had left off when I got out of the car – incredibly convenient.
Cruising around the streets of Palm Beach was a thrill in the MG GS, especially along the winding, hilly roads going from east to west of the peninsula. The car handled well with a great deal of control. When I found myself lost at one point, the inbuilt satellite navigation thankfully got me back on track. As I’m used to driving a much smaller car, I was initially a bit hesitant about parking the larger GS. In the end, I didn’t find it to be an issue at all, especially with the aid of its reverse camera.
The MG GS sports a premium look, this one coming with a crisp white exterior that glistened against the coastal backdrop. A surfboard definitely wouldn’t look out of place on the roof, or even inside as space proved to be very generous, with more than enough room for weekend bags. The car’s cabin was nice and spacious too, with plenty of leg room in both the front and back seats.
When Sunday afternoon rolled around it was time to head back home. Being daylight and with less traffic on the roads, the drive back to the city was a breeze. The MG GS has a 1.5L engine, delivering 119 kW power and 250Nm torque. It was never sluggish off the mark and delivered an impressive performance for a car of its size and weight.
The MG GS’ sleek look, well-appointed interior, and impressive performance made it the ideal weekend getaway companion.