MG Gloster 7-seat SUV review and driving impressions

Rodolfo Schellin

What is the MG Gloster?

The MG Gloster is a significant, three-row, system-on-frame SUV borrowed from MG’s sister manufacturer Maxus.  Owned by the same mum or dad SAIC,  the Gloster is effectively the Maxus D90 in China and the LDV D90 in Australia. It is been rebranded for India and marketed as the flagship of the Morris Garages (MG) range, with a suitably British-sounding identify – Gloster. 

The Gloster made its India debut in February 2020 at the Auto Expo and one thing was promptly very clear – this was a bigger car or truck than the other three-row, system-on-frame, quality SUVs on sale in India, specifically the Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner and the Mahindra Alturas G4

A lot more information about the SUV trickled out above the up coming number of months, notably a extended characteristics list that incorporated ADAS (state-of-the-art driver help units) hence significantly witnessed only on a handful of all-out luxury vehicles, supplying some credence to the SUV’s positioning. 

Now, even so, we have received the authentic thing – a very first generate of the MG Gloster, to see if it’s as great on the street as it is on paper.

MG Gloster exterior information

We weren’t joking about the dimensions. Its four,985mm length, 1,867mm top and two,950mm wheelbase are all ideal in class, with only the 1,926mm width getting marginally less than the Alturas G4. And this sets the tone for what the Gloster aims to offer, which is a minor little bit much more of every little thing, in comparison to the significant SUVs we’re utilized to.

This is actually a massive SUV with loads of all-crucial street existence, to the position that its 19-inch alloy wheels (them selves a size greater than the level of competition) nearly glimpse a minor dwarfed in the cavernous wheel arches.

Despite its imposing size, even so, what the MG Gloster lacks is a unique style and design. There is no visible hyperlink to the other MG styles on sale in India (there wouldn’t be, as just about every car is sourced from a unique SAIC-owned manufacturer), and some of the information glimpse a little bit by-product of other makes way too.


The LED headlights and brushed-steel grille glimpse appealing.


Even now, information like the slim LED projector headlamps, the large brushed-steel grille and the sculpted bonnet are pretty appealing, I like the way the chrome window garnish extends upwards at the C-pillar to ‘join’ the roof rails, the dummy quad exhausts lend it a sporty glimpse, and though there is a lot of chrome all above the car (which include the alloy wheels), it’s quite tastefully finished.

The ‘ADAS’ badge denotes the state-of-the-art driver aids provided on the Gloster.


There is nothing refined about the way the Gloster flaunts its id. You’ll discover an overdose of badges, with as quite a few as five at the rear – a large MG logo, a 4 wheel drive badge, an ‘ADAS’ badge denoting the state-of-the-art driver aids, the one that adorns all MGs, ‘Internet Inside’, and you are going to also discover the word Gloster spelled large throughout the width of the tailgate. And like with the Hector, MG is at pains to shout out the brand’s origin – there’s a pair of Union Jack badges on the entrance flanks that say ‘Brit Dynamic’. 

MG Gloster inside information

If the exterior dimensions offer a little bit much more than other SUVs of this ilk, the interiors intention to offer a lot much more. Open up one of the entrance doorways and you’re handled to a flowing dashboard draped in tan leather-based, with double-stitching, brushed aluminium trim and plenty of levels. BMW homeowners might not really like the point that there’s much more than just a passing resemblance to some of the brand’s much more latest styles, but MG customers definitely would. That can be witnessed in the all round style and design but much more so in the 12.three-inch touchscreen that sits docked in the dash, 

12.three-inch touchscreen infotainment method and dashboard style and design appears lifted from BMW.


The display is brilliant and colourful, of a moderately higher resolution and can make great use of its vast-display part ratio with neatly arranged operate ‘tiles’, but it requires a little bit of a business finger prod for it to respond, and it can be nevertheless not my favourite display in the car.

The 8.-inch MID in the cluster is crisp and whole of pertinent information and facts.


That is the 8.-inch colour display between the dials that is crisp, fluid and whole of pertinent information and facts. In point, it overshadows the regular hunting analogue tachometer and speedometer relegated to the sides of the binnacle. Aside from the usual vacation and gas laptop data, it can exhibit you generate modes, ADAS features (much more on this afterwards), tyre force, media and cellphone information and facts, and considerably much more.

Perceived quality is frequently quite great, but dig a minor further, and you are going to discover that the plastics are not anything to write residence about for a car of this price tag. This is specifically accurate of the switchgear on and around the button-significant steering wheel. You’ll discover yourself unintentionally hitting the one with the * on it regularly, ensuing in a contact again from MG’s prompt and client helpline.

MG Gloster place and convenience

Like the dashboard, the entrance seats make a great very first perception. They’re energy-adjustable (even though the co-driver just cannot adjust for top), heated, draped in quilted tan leather-based upholstery, pretty large and generously cushioned. The driver’s seat goes a little bit additional, with seat ventilation, massage and a memory operate. 

Front seats get energy adjust and heating driver side gets cooling, massage and memory operate.


But as you consider to settle in for a extended generate, you are going to see the lumbar aid, even at its cheapest location, is a little bit abnormal, and the cushioning all round is stiff and challenging. The massage, as a result, feels much more like physiotherapy than leisure.

Even now, even with the seat motored down to its cheapest location, ahead visibility is fantastic, many thanks to upright A-pillars and a reasonably very low-established dash. Even the large wing mirrors have plenty of of a gap from the Gloster’s system so as to not bring about a large blind place. Rear visibility, even so, is hampered by the significant head restraints on the rear seats.

Slide the next-row captain seats all the way again for limo degrees of legroom but cushioning is significantly challenging.


And speaking of the rear seats, it starts off with a pair of captain’s chairs in the next row. It is a little bit of a stage up into the cabin, like all ladder-frame SUVs, but the two specific seats are nearly as generously cushioned as the kinds up entrance. They’re not powered, but they can be reclined a truthful little bit, and, much more importantly, have a extended range of fore-and-aft sliding journey, permitting for limousine legroom if no one is in the last row. Yet again, like the entrance seats, the next row pair sense significantly challenging and you really don’t pretty sink into them.

Housed in the seat bases are cupholders and storage for tablet pcs, you get a third local weather zone for the rear cabin, and of class, greater than ever, is the panoramic sunroof, which has develop into an MG staple. 

For individuals who are mostly chauffeur pushed or touring with families, it’s crucial to observe that the mixture of captain seats and all round place on offer can make the Gloster’s center row by significantly the most relaxed in its class. 

3rd row provides much more place than even some much more high priced 7-seat SUVs.


Tilting and sliding the next row ahead does permit you decent entry to the last row, but it’s perhaps less difficult to just wander between the center-row seats. When it arrives to outright place, just like with the center row, this is effortlessly the ideal third row amid SUVs in this phase, and perhaps even amid greater, whole-size luxury SUVs. 

Certain, you sit a little bit very low, thigh aid isn’t fantastic, and there’s no put to tuck your ft (which is all par for the class), but headroom is decent and kneeroom – with the next row in its mid-way place – is so great, you are going to forgive it individuals shortcomings.

You get cupholders, USB and 12V charging, and dedicated AC vents again here, and even though it’s comfortably vast plenty of for three young children, MG has provided it just two seatbelts and head restraints.

343 litres of boot place with all three rows up, which is much more than the level of competition.


With all that cabin space, it’s easy to understand that there’s not a lot of place for baggage with all rows up but once more, it’s much more than what the level of competition provides, and you can healthy a couple of strollers and gentle bags. Flip the third row down, even though, and place is huge. You even get a powered tailgate with hands-free of charge opening, and a retractable baggage protect that stows away under the boot flooring, but the loading lip is critically higher off the floor.

MG Gloster characteristics

If the Gloster’s size doesn’t steamroll other SUVs, its characteristics list definitely will. The 12.three-inch touchscreen on your own packs in a lot – apart from getting the major, it gets Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MG’s iSmart suite of linked-car tech. This consists of a smartphone application for remote features, smart voice instructions, an onboard e-SIM, the Gaana new music streaming application built in, reside weather position, and MapMyIndia-sourced navigation with authentic-time website traffic data. 

The 12.three-inch infotainment display provides a lot characteristics like reside weather position, navigation and much more.


There is also the feed for the extremely valuable 360-diploma cameras, which can even do a much more primary edition of the ‘3D external augmented reality’ watch we very first saw on the BMW seven Collection. What’s genuinely helpful is it changes the primary digital camera feed to go well with your want – entrance or rear, depending which way you’re relocating, and a side watch when you use the indicators. On the other hand, the digital camera resolution is quite weak, which translates to a weak image, specifically in very low gentle.  

360-diploma digital camera a quality characteristic, but feed is of very low-resolution and not extremely very clear. 


We have talked about the sunroof, the heated, cooled and massaging driver’s seat and the 8.-inch MID display right before, but a number of much more matters value mentioning are the three-zone local weather manage, wireless cellphone charging, 12-speaker audio method, 12-colour ambient lights, tyre force monitoring and an digital parking brake with auto hold.

And then there are the ADAS (State-of-the-art Driver Assisted Program) characteristics. Some of them are much more common these days, like driver exhaustion detection, and auto parking guide, but then the MG Gloster doubles down with its sensor-based tech. 

There is blind-place warning, which flashes a gentle in the wing mirror to convey to you a car or truck is overtaking you, and a lane departure warning that alerts you when you stray out of your lane (as extended as the street markings are very clear). 

A range of the Gloster’s characteristics are effortlessly accessed by buttons on the centre console.


There is the self-explanatory frontal collision warning, which ultimately manifests as autonomous crisis braking – slamming the brakes to stay clear of hitting an impediment in entrance of you.

And finally, adaptive cruise manage, which maintains a established distance from the car in entrance of you and adjusts your velocity to match, even down to a full halt. This functions brilliantly for the most portion, but, understandably, can get caught out when an errant driver instantly cuts in entrance of you.

Even though the ADAS characteristics perform pretty very well, the warning alarms, parking sensors are way too loud and can get extremely aggravating and there’s no way to turn the quantity down. In point, even one thing like the turn indicators seem excessively loud. 

MG Gloster motor information and efficiency

The in-dwelling-made, 1,996cc, twin-turbo diesel engine under the hood of the Gloster punches out 218hp and 480Nm of torque, which once more are the maximum outputs for this type of SUV. Push goes to the rear via an 8-velocity torque-converter automatic, with an on-desire 4 wheel drive method engaging when important. 

The two.-litre, twin-turbo diesel engine produces 218hp and 480Nm of torque.


There is a locking rear e-diff that you can interact with a button on the centre console, but apart from that, your only manage of the 4 wheel drive method is via a established of pre-established generate modes – Sand, Snow, Rock and Mud. There is no manually selectable 4 wheel drive or very low-range, like you get in some rivals.

Push modes are accessed from the dial in the centre console.


There are also Eco and Activity driving modes for the Gloster’s on-street efficiency, but in practice, we couldn’t discern a tangible difference between motor or gearbox efficiency, manner to manner. Even now, the Gloster can be introduced quite briskly off the blocks, and our VBOX tests devices registered an outstanding 11.21sec -100kph time for the massive SUV.

In roll-on acceleration, 20-80kph was dispatched in a moderately rapid 6.57sec and forty-100kph in 8.77sec, just after a business kick down on the accelerator once more, all these efficiency figures are more rapidly than the level of competition. 

It also hauled itself down to a standstill from 80kph in just two.56sec and twenty five metres, which once more is outstanding, provided the mass at perform. 

There is one tiny sticking position even though. Effective the motor may possibly be, but the way it’s been calibrated has plagued it with a specifically weak base finish and off the line, it feels unusually sluggish.

Beneath two,000rpm, no amount of poking the accelerator will get it to pick up the pace, and this is only exacerbated by the slow responses of the gearbox, which usually can take time to determine out which gear you want to be in. As soon as you go two,000rpm, all of the boost arrives in and you surge ahead.

An advantage you get is guide manage via a established of paddle shifters, which genuinely arrive in helpful to drop a gear or two for an overtake. On the other hand, it doesn’t like extremely intense downshifts if the revs are way too higher, it will not comply.

The Gloster, with its extended-legged diesel engine feels most at residence on highways.


The freeway is exactly where this slow-revving motor, which will not spin beyond three,900rpm, feels most relaxed. Its significant reserves of torque and extended-legged gearing signify it can cruise very easily in seventh or eighth gear, which can make it the suitable SUV for individuals extended outstation outings with the family. Gearshifts are unobtrusive and quite rapid, and you are going to constantly have plenty of energy readily available, really should you want to stage up the pace. 

So, when you’ve triumph over that sluggishness at very low speeds, the Gloster gets into its stride you are going to be pretty amazed by how smooth and refined its energy supply is. 

MG Gloster journey quality

This is exactly where the MG Gloster’s driving working experience starts off to arrive great. 1st, there’s the refinement, both equally from the motor and the operating gear, at very low speeds or higher, which is genuinely fantastic with motor, wind and street sounds extremely successfully muted. 

The journey quality is also genuinely great. Certain, you are going to get some of that lumpiness common of a ladder-frame SUV at very low speeds, but it smoothens out admirably as you go speedier and isn’t as approximately as choppy or bouncy as some of the some others out there. 

Hard, ladder-frame chassis can make gentle perform of even absolutely broken roadways.


It does this even though maintaining great composure at freeway speeds way too, and there’s none of that float you might discover on an extremely gentle suspension. Additionally, it will suppress broken roadways with no flinching, which is just what you want from your significant, system-on-frame SUV.

There is pretty a little bit of system roll, expectedly, so you wouldn’t want to corner this significant SUV challenging. Even higher-velocity, lane-improve manoeuvres on the expressway really should be made with some thought for your passengers in the again.

The steering is a different significant surprise, mainly because it is extremely gentle and permits you to arrive to grips with this behemoth’s dimensions in nearly no time. And it manages to do this even though supplying you a sensible amount of suggestions and confidence at velocity – not way too sharp to be edgy, but not way too slow to be ponderous possibly. In point, it’s risk-free to say the Gloster has the ideal journey and handling combine amid all the large, ladder-frame SUVs on the marketplace ideal now. 

Should really you get an MG Gloster?

All matters regarded, the MG Gloster arrives throughout as a enjoyable surprise. It could extremely very well have turned out to be a collection of outstanding specs with no compound to again it up, but that simply just has not been the case. 


The only authentic fly in the ointment seems to be the sluggish response at very low speeds, which, coupled with the gargantuan dimensions, can make city driving quite taxing. Also, some bits in the cabin really should have been a contact superior for a car at this price tag position. 

Refinement and journey quality are stand-outs, as is inside place, and then of class there’s the extended devices list, which is plenty of to shame significantly much more high priced SUVs. 

What we you should not know still is the price tag, which was not still discovered at the time of this review. But what we hear is that this major-spec Savvy edition will be priced just previously mentioned the established level of competition, at around Rs 35 lakh (ex-showroom).

That’s a quite daring move, but MG is hoping customers will see worth in the size, place, efficiency, convenience and, of class, the devices. Only time will convey to, but if the Gloster can make as significant an effects as MG’s debut item, the Hector, it could just have a different winner on its hands.


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