July 01, 2022 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Isabel N. Delos Reyes

2022 MG HS Trophy

A Significant Elevation

The Morris Garage RX5 Alpha variant is already a very compelling compact crossover with tremendous value but it did have a few areas that needed further tweaking to earn its coveted place in more customer garages. Select Philippine Media did experience initial limited dynamic impressions of the MG HS Trophy on a circuit in Shanghai back at the beginning of 2019 and we were all very impressed with future products that would eventually find its way to our market.

Finally, the all-new MG HS in Trophy trim is available in our market and it is also offered in the very uplifting Brighton Blue exterior color seen here with our test unit. It may not have the AWD system, the premium high fidelity audio system, or the potent 2.0-liter turbo engine that I had hoped for, but for its asking retail price at P1,308,000.00, the HS Trophy is a splendid full featured compact crossover nonetheless. Heck, our buddy James Deakin just bought one in Pearl White, and being a C! guy, you know it was a very informed decision.

Compared to the MG RX5 Alpha, the new MG HS Trophy is 29 mm longer and 21 mm wider with a 55 mm lower roofline on a 20 mm longer wheelbase combined with a slight increased weight by approximately 18 kilos. The overachieving 1.5-liter turbo engine and 7-speed dual-clutch transmission are carried over and may even state the same power figures as before, however thanks to some ECU recalibration with deeper settings and a proper freer-flowing dual exhaust system, the HS Trophy accelerates with more pronounced verve, especially when the instant Super Sport red button is engaged on the steering wheel. The dynamic nuances are better but not eye-watering, so please manage expectations.

The brakes are larger and stronger now to manage motivation even better, however the taut suspension may be rated a touch too aggressively especially at the rear. The MG RX5 Alpha suspension tuning using the same Michelin Primacy 3ST 235/50R18 97W rolling stock of the HS Trophy is more compliant. Then again, the HS Trophy is meant to be more aggressive hence the fabulous intricately designed powered front sport bucket seats. The new cabin is more spacious and more stylish than the RX5 with ambient lighting and better applied materials, however the rear trunk is actually less capacious. The rear seats recline with steeper angles for better rear passenger comfort combined with the longer legroom which definitely makes up for the reduced trunk capacity. The extra compartments, rear climate venting and USB charge points all help out as well.

Further improvements in the cabin are the larger 10-inch infotainment system (up from 8-inches on the RX5) with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, the 12.3-inch TFT instrument panel in place of analog, powered rear-trunk, front armrest with additional cooling and filtration system, and the slightly larger Stargazer panoramic moonroof. The new sensual new body has very nice curves highlighted by excellent Full-LED signature lighting on both ends, the front fog lamps are halogen however and not LED. Other available colors are Moon White, Meteorite Black and Extreme Speed Red. There is a less expensive MG HS Alpha variant for P1,258,888.00 but you would lose a bit too much key standard equipment like the essential LED headlights, trick front seats and steering wheel.

The all-new MG HS Trophy is a very good compact crossover that is very well supported and well-built. It is refreshing, comfortable, smooth, nimble, and very driver-friendly. Like the MG RX5 it has a rear parking camera, comprehensive safety equipment that includes Blindspot, Rear-Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, cruise control, and has 5-star (C-NCAP) safety standard protection. It is a more dynamic performer than the RX5 Alpha in small margins with a lasting and tasteful design.

Specification – 2022 MG HS Trophy

Engine: Inline-4

Location: Front, Transverse

Displacement: 1498 cc

Cylinder block: Cast Aluminum

Cylinder head: Cast Aluminum, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder

Fuel Injection: Direct Injection Intercooled Turbo

Max power: 166 bhp @ 5600 rpm

Max torque: 184 lb-ft @ 1700-4400 rpm

Transmission: 7-Speed DCT with steering wheel paddleshifts, Front Wheel Drive

Front suspension: Independent MacPherson struts with coil springs, gas-pressurized shock absorbers, and stabilizer bar.

Rear suspension: Independent Multi-link type with coil springs, gas-pressurized shock absorbers, and stabilizer bar.

Fuel Capacity: 55 liters (14.5 gallons)

Ground Clearance: 174 mm

Load Capacity: 463 liters with rear seat fixed, 1287 liters with rear seats folded

L x W x H: 4574 mm x 1876 mm x 1664 mm

Wheelbase: 2720 mm

Brakes: Front 12.3-inch (312 mm) ventilated discs 1-piston calipers / Rear 11.1-inch (282 mm) solid discs with 1-piston calipers Integrated Electric Parking Brake, ABS, Stability & Traction Control, Hill Descent Control, Hill Hold Control, EBD, Cornering Brake Control.

Wheels: 18”x 7.5J Multispoke Alloys

Tires: P235/50R18 97W Michelin Primacy 3 ST

Weight: (kerb) 1533 kg. (3373 lbs.)

0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 8.9 seconds

Top Speed (mph): 198 km/h (124 mph)

Fuel Mileage: 15.2 km/L Overall

Price as tested: PhP 1,308,000.00

C! RATING: 9.5/10

+A significant step up from the MG RX5, awesome front seats and comprehensive packaging, two-step rear seat recline, tremendous value, proper real dual exhaust system, great looking.

Wish it had the more powerful premium audio, more instrument GUI driver configuration options, no wireless phone charger, and the optional 230 bhp 2.0 T with AWD.

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