But while the GS offers similarly distinguishing performance, practicality and value, it feels like one step forward followed by two back.
It shows that continued growth isn’t a given for its maker and that if MG is in too great a hurry to expand, the battle to win new customers could rumble on for decades.
The potentially lucrative crossover segment is now populated by increasingly rounded and accomplished cars, and few buyers will be won over solely by aggressive pricing, a gutsy motor and a liberal helping of standard kit.
To be competitive, the GS would need a better ride, a better-finished cabin, a more economical engine, better systems sophistication and a greater breadth of ability.
But it’s plainly not that good. It means that it doesn’t make our top five with the GS falling behind the Suzuki Vitara, Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, Renault Captur and the king of the pile – the Skoda Yeti.