We’re almost at the end of 2022 but MG Philippines isn’t just done yet with the year. Capping off the “back to normal” year is the arrival of the MG GT, with an exclusive ride and drive invitation sent out to the members of the press.
The MG GT is a compact car by size and engine output if you consider the turbocharged Sport version. However, the naturally aspirated Alpha variant and the model’s overall pricing classify this vehicle well within the subcompact category, taking on the venerable Toyota Vios and another newcomer, the Geely Emgrand.
Design-wise, the MG GT’s aggressive styling bode well with its sporty appeal. It’s definitely a looker even beyond the yellow paint and despite its nose that appears to be pointed down, I like the whole fastback silhouette (though the trunk lid still makes it a sedan).
On the sides, the two-tone alloys are standard on both variants, albeit smaller in the lower Alpha trim. All wheels are equipped with disc brakes. For the rear end, the sexy and sporty demeanor continues, almost looking feminine.
I love the whole ensemble of styling from front to back, especially the ensemble of LEDs that are standard across the range. This will surely work for the company that needs people looking at their cars.
Inside, the MG GT is fairly equipped for its price point. The top-spec Sport variant comes with a powered driver’s seat with height adjustment, plus a couple of other premium appointments such as comfy leather seats, a speed-sensitive steering wheel, a sunroof, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster with a 7-inch LCD display, and 10-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The GT Sport also comes with automatic climate control and power-folding side mirrors.
As expected from its shape, those seated at the back will need to get used to the lower-than-usual headroom. Those who stand at my height (5’6”) will do just fine without any sense of being claustrophobic. Rear passengers are also given their own A/C vents for added comfort.
Going for the top-sped GT Sport will get you advanced safety features like Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent High Beam Control, and a 360-view camera system.
The MG GT has two engine options. The GT Sport is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter gasoline engine that makes 159hp and 250Nm of torque coupled to a 7-speed DCT – the best in the subcompact class and competitive in the compact segment. The lower Alpha variant is propelled by the same naturally aspirated mill found in the MG 5, which makes a decent 112hp and 150Nm of torque, mated to a CVT with 7 simulated gears in manual mode.
On the road, the MG GT Sport that I drove around was spritely. It provides immediate power that will make you forget that it’s a bit on the porky side. You’ll also feel the tightness of the speed-sensitive steering wheel, which adds to the sporty feeling when driving the car. The auto brake hold was proven to be a convenient feature to have amid the holiday Carmageddon.
Admittedly, the driving experience was a tad short for me to fully experience the car and give you a more in-depth analysis but what I can say is that it’s promising.
At this point, you might be wondering if the MG GT will be replacing the MG 5 in the lineup as its subcompact offering. The answer to that is no as the new model will be sold side-by-side with the current MG 5 but at a higher, more premium positioning.
Speaking of, the MG GT has an introductory price of Php1,015,888 for the Alpha CVT variant, while the GT Sport has a sticker price of Php1,193,888. Again, these are introductory prices and we think these are very attractive, especially for those looking to buy within this segment. The question now is how much will it be sold after the introductory offer.
The MG GT is now available for reservations at all MG dealerships nationwide, with deliveries happening in January 2023.