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MG Reviews

Cecil Kimber was manager of Morris Garages in Oxford when he commissioned some sports cars to be built on a Morris chassis in 1923. Their appeal prompted more models and MG soon became one of the favourite pre-war British performance marques. In 1952, it joined BMC and introduced the much-loved MGA, then the MGB, which was produced from 1962 to 1980.

After the Abingdon factory was closed, MG existed only as a badge on hot Austin saloons until the MG RV8 of 1992 announced the proper rebirth of the badge. The mid-engined MGF was an exciting return to form. Since it went into administration in 2005, MG has been Chinese-owned, first by Nanjing Automobile Corporation (NAC), then Shanghai Automobile Industry Corporation (SAIC).

Good: Dignified pre-war style, plenty of tuning potential
Bad: Slow in standard guise
Good: Truly charming roadster that drives better than you'd imagine
Bad: Cramped and basic - but that's the appeal!
Good: Handsome styling, known B-Series engine and running gear
Bad: Sportier to look at than to drive
Good: Beautiful styling, fast in Twin Cam form
Bad: B-Series engine feels unsporting, Twin Cams are fragile
Good: Cheap and simple to fix, good parts availability, nice interior
Bad: Stolid to drive
Good: Immense fun, cheap and cheerful, especially to fix
Bad: Many are rotten, and values are low, which means few are restored properly
Good: Good to look at, fun to drive, amazing parts availability, the archetypal classic roadster and coupe
Bad: They're not uncommon - if you like to be different, an MGB is not for you
Good: Good roadholding and ride, great steering, many parts shared with the Mini
Bad: Rust and difficult servicing
Good: Nice sounding six-cylinder, easy high speed cruising, lots of tuning potential.
Bad: Heavy thirst
Good: Elastic performance, ease of driving, nice soundtrack
Bad: Engine tightly packed in its bay, so servicing can be difficult
Good: Go-kart like handling, brilliant steering, turbo performance
Bad: Cramped in the back, needs a five-speed gearbox, very few left
Good: Good to drive, quick and economical
Bad: Lack of build quality and cosmetic rust
Good: Roomy, fast and good to drive
Bad: Shocking build quality and corrosion
Good: Great looks, easy - and surprisingly rapid - performance, brilliant parts availability, a perfect exhaust note, lots of very nice examples for sale
Bad: In standard form the RV8 isn't what you would describe as a driver's car, but if you want that combination, buy a TVR Griffith
Good: Practical everyday roadster with a surprising amount of luggage space for a mid-engined car, decent handling, plenty of used ones around
Bad: Build quality problems, head gasket failure is common, fared very badly in customer satisfaction surveys
Good: Decent ride and rewarding handling. ZT190 is quick while the V8-engined rear-drive 260 hugely entertaining. Proving reliable and now quite cheap. Excellent club back-up.
Bad: Odball spares can sometimes be tricky to source. V8 undeveloped.
Good: Enjoyable handling. Good pace from the 180 version.
Bad: Four-cylinder K series engines are prone to overheating and head gasket failure.
Good: Quick enough in 160 guise. Tidy handling.
Bad: Overheating and head gasket failure with K series four-cylinder engines. Not that roomy.
Good: Good looks, excellent handling and strong brakes. 160 quick enough. Good crash test rating. Better drive than MGF.
Bad: Head gasket problems with K-series four-cylinder engines. Dash trim feels cheap. No glass rear window.