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The entry-level Core version of the MG HS family SUV has been axed following recent price rises.

  • 2022 MG HS pricing and specifications
  • Core base variant cut despite high demand
  • Choice of three engines, including plug-in hybrid
  • Priced from $31,990 drive-away

Above: HS Excite X.

The 2022 MG HS medium SUV range has lost its cheapest variant – despite it accounting for more than a quarter of that model’s sales last year.

The entry-level $30,990 drive-away HS Core has been dropped from MG’s mid-size SUV line-up from July 2022 – 18 months after it launched in January 2021 for ‘just’ $29,990.

An MG Motor Australia spokesperson did not give a reason for the Core’s axing – but it’s unlikely to be a lack of popularity, as sales data shared with Drive earlier this reveals that of the 6828 HS examples sold last year, nearly 28 per cent were base-model Core grades.

The discontinuation of the Core leaves the Vibe as the cheapest HS on sale, at $31,990 drive-away. The entire range spans up to $43,990 with petrol engines only, or $51,690 in plug-in hybrid form.

The entire petrol-only MG HS range was hit with a $1000 price rise on 2022-built stock (as reported in June) – after missing price rises applied to other MG models earlier in the year.

However, the HS Plus EV range has faced a slew of price rises in its short time on sale, with the latest $1000 increase on July 1 compounding earlier price hikes throughout 2021 and 2022.

It means the Plus EV Essence costs $4700 more than it did at launch 15 months ago, while the Excite is $1700 dearer than its launch price only four months ago.

No new features have been added to any HS grade that time – except for metallic paint on the Plus EV, which was previously a $700 extra, but is now included in the PHEV’s price, due to the deletion of the only no-cost colour, Clipper Blue.

Standard features on the new Vibe entry model include 17-inch wheels, halogen headlights, a 10.1-inch touchscreen, faux leather upholstery, keyless entry and start, six speakers, rear parking sensors, and a full suite of advanced safety features.

Higher petrol grades add niceties including 18-inch wheels, electric heated front sports seats, LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, satellite navigation, a panoramic sunroof, power tailgate, and a 360-degree camera.

The Plus EV grades are specified differently to the petrols, adding a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster – but, in Excite trim, losing a number of features standard on an equivalent petrol Excite.

Above: HS Excite X.

The Essence Anfield special edition is a permanent fixture in the range, introduced two years ago to celebrate the Liverpool Football Club’s championship win in the UK’s Premier League. Anfield is the name of Liverpool’s home stadium.

Powering most HS petrol grades is a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, sending 119kW and 250Nm to the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Opting for the Excite X or Essence X adds a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol engine with 168kW and 360Nm, connected to a six-speed dual-clutch auto and all-wheel drive.

Meanwhile, the HS Plus EV combines a 119kW/250Nm 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine, 90kW/230Nm electric motor and 16.6kWh battery for combined outputs of 189kW and 370Nm, with a conventional 10-speed automatic gearbox and front-wheel drive.

Above: HS Excite X.

The Plus EV plug-in hybrid is claimed to offer 63km of electric driving range in (lenient) NEDC lab testing, with 7kW AC home charging allowing a full recharge in five hours. Fuel economy (also in a lab) in combined (city/highway mixed) driving is rated at 1.7 litres per 100 kilometres.

Combined fuel economy claims for the 1.5-litre FWD and 2.0-litre AWD petrol models sit at 7.3 and 9.5L/100km respectively.

The 2022 MG HS range is on sale now. Full lists of standard equipment – as well as the exterior colours on offer – are included below.

2022 MG HS Australian pricing

  • HS Vibe FWD – $31,990
  • HS Excite FWD – $35,990
  • HS Excite X AWD – $38,990
  • HS Essence FWD – $39,990
  • HS Essence X AWD – $43,990
  • HS Essence Anfield FWD – $41,690
  • HS Plus EV Excite – $48,690
  • HS Plus EV Essence – $51,690

Note: All prices above are drive-away.

Above: HS Plus EV Essence.

2022 MG HS Vibe standard features:

  • 1.5-litre turbo engine with seven-speed dual-clutch auto, front-wheel drive
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Halogen headlights with LED daytime-running lights
  • Front fog lights
  • 10.1-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (but no digital radio)
  • Reversing camera with rear parking sensors
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Faux leather upholstery
  • Manual front seats with driver’s side height adjustment
  • Keyless (proximity) entry and start
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Four USB ports
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Electric side mirrors with heating
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Six airbags

2022 MG HS Excite and Excite X adds (over Vibe):

  • Choice of 1.5-litre FWD (Excite) or 2.0-litre AWD (Excite X) powertrains
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • LED headlights with manual levelling
  • Sequential LED rear indicators
  • Dual-zone auto climate control
  • Satellite navigation (in-built)
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Power tailgate
  • Customisable LED interior ambient lighting
  • Metal sports pedal covers
  • Steering wheel paddle shifters
  • ‘Super Sport’ drive mode button on steering wheel
  • Second-row reading lights (Excite X only)

Above: HS Plus Ev Excite.

2022 MG HS Essence and Essence X add (over Excite/Excite X):

  • Six-way driver and four-way passenger power-adjustable seats
  • Single-piece front sports seats with heating
  • Leather seat upholstery
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • 360-degree camera
  • Driver ‘welcome light’
  • Second-row reading lights from Excite X standard on both Essence grades

2022 MG HS Essence Anfield adds (over Variant-A):

  • Metallic paint (black or white) as standard
  • Red interior

Above: HS Excite interior.

The HS Plus EV plug-in hybrid range is structured differently to the petrol line-up.

Compared to the HS Excite petrol, the HS Plus EV Excite gains a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, six-way electric driver’s seat, front seat heating, and “PU and PVC” (vinyl) upholstery – but swaps 18-inch wheels for 17s, and loses LED headlights, front fog lights, sequential LED rear indicators, heated side mirrors, a power tailgate, paddle shifters, sports pedals, and the Super Sport mode.

Meanwhile, compared to the HS Essence petrol, the HS Plus EV Essence gains the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, but lacks paddle shifters and the Super Sport mode.

Metallic paint is also standard on the Plus EV variants. Click here for full specifications for the PHEV.

Available colours include:

  • York White (all petrol variants except Anfield)
  • Diamond Red Metallic (all petrol/PHEV variants bar Anfield)
  • Black Pearl Metallic (all petrol variants)
  • New Pearl White Metallic (all petrol/PHEV variants
  • Sterling Silver Metallic (all petrol/PHEV variants except Anfield)
  • Brixton Blue Metallic (all petrol variants except Excite X, Anfield)

All metallic finishes cost $700 extra, except on the Essence Anfield and two Plus EV models, where they’re no-cost options.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020.

Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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