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MG MGF (1995-02)

Overall Rating

3 stars

This affordable soft-top sold steadily for seven years before its replacement by the tweaked and tidied MGTF. It's good in parts but no match for MX-5 or the newer MR2.

For
  • Lots about from under 5000
  • Responsive Rover K-Series engines
  • It's got that famous octagonal badge
Against
  • Reliability issues, especially on early cars
  • Cosy cabin - some might say cramped
  • Some shabby older cars about now
Road Test

When Rover eventually revived the small MG soft-top in 1995, fans of small, affordable sportsters gave the MGF the thumbs-up. Rear-wheel drive and a mid-mounted engine gives excellent handling balance, the engines love revs, and styling is spot-on. MGF looks more muscular than arch-rival MX-5 and goes a bit faster, too. But it's not such a flawlessly conceived overall package. Roadholding is grippy, but where MX-5 feels precision-made, MGF makes do with a body that feels less than solid when cornered hard or when it hits big bumps. Ride can suffer as a result. And both steering and gear-change could be crisper to exploit the 1.8i engines' unarguable sporting potential. It's a snug two-seater and rather claustrophobic with the hood up. Cabin layout and interior finish are mediocre (the MGTF improves in this area). But it's an MG, a lot of fun, and doesn't cost too much to run!

Need To Know

NCAP: Not tested

Best Models: 1.8i VVC

Worst Models: 1.6i

Replacement: by MGTF in 2002


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MG MGF (1995-02)
Star Ratings

Handling

4 stars

Comfort

3 stars

Quality & Reliability

3 stars

Performance

4 stars

Roominess

2 stars

Running Costs

3 stars

Value for Money

3 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

3 stars
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