YOU are not mistaken if thinking you now see a good number of MGs on the road.

The MG HS, pictured, is the UK’s ninth most popular new car purchase in the year to date.

Its smaller stablemate, the MG ZS, is selling strongly in Scotland and is the number five best seller north of the border in the first three months of 2024.

Revived under Chinese ownership following the collapse of MG Rover, it is not hard to understand the marque’s attraction.

The cars are keenly priced, well equipped and come with a seven-year/80,000 mile warranty.

My most recent MG experience was in the HS shown. The HS is the company’s largest SUV and offers decent room for occupants plus a boot capacity of 463 litres.

The 1.5 turbocharged petrol models producing 160bhp are available in six-speed manual guise or with a seven-speed DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Available in SE and Trophy levels, prices start at just £24,030 and rise to £28,050 for the Trophy DCT automatic I tested.

There are some more expensive competitors a bit sharper to drive but I was perfectly happy with the HS.

Claimed capable of 0-62mph in 9.9 seconds and a maximum of 118mph, the auto could be a little jerky when moving off unless light with the right foot. The computer indicated 36.1mpg overall.

Standard HS features include navigation and leather-style upholstery with power-adjustable and heated front seats among the Trophy’s additional goodies.

MG also offer a plug-in hybrid HS. The SE costs £31,095 and the Trophy is £33,595.