It’ll be fleet managers’ scepticism of the brand and the preference of the dealer network for private sales that keeps the GS off UK company car lists, not the 24% benefit-in-kind tax liability of its petrol engine – and probably not the car’s residual values.

Real-world economy was respectable but not good enough to give up a good diesel rival for it and not notice a penalty.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

Road tester
The MG GS isn’t expected to hold its value well — but it won’t be a disaster. Better than a Dacia Duster, worse than a Skoda Yeti

We returned a 38.4mpg average, which needed to be a bit closer to the official claim of 46.3mpg in order to make the ownership sums add up for a private buyer giving up diesel.

Plenty of buyers will plump for a £14,995 entry-level car. If they do, they’ll get manual air-con, cruise control, electric windows, automatic headlights, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, a radio with USB input, 17in alloys and a five-year warranty.

There’s no Bluetooth at this level, but most of the basics are covered.

If we were buying one we would opt for the mid-spec Excite trim, which if you have Mirrorlink on your phone will make it worthwhile, otherwise go for the basic Explore  - be warned it only comes in non-metallic black or white.

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