The Middle East Car Of The Year Has Been Announced And It’s Not What You Think
The Middle East has named its car of the year 2020 and the result is, well, unexpected. Is it a Ferrari? We hear you ask. Perhaps a Rolls Royce? Maybe a Nissan Patrol?
No. It’s none of those. In fact, the winner of the Middle East car of the year 2020 is the MG HS.
Yes, that’s correct, the once British owned Morris Garages (now owned by SAIC motor corporation) has made a meteoric rise through the automotive ranks since its return to the Middle East in 2015 and has now won the top award.
Chosen by a panel which comprises some of the region’s leading motoring experts, the MG HS also picked up the award for ‘Best sub-compact crossover’. Said panel was made up of 14 journalists, experts and opinion-leaders from across the region. Representing Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the jurors nominate new vehicles through a strict scoring and voting process.
So, what makes this car so good?
The HS comes with a two-liter, turbo engine. Its interior is no slouch either, with bucket seats, panoramic sunroof and a 10-inch touchscreen that is compatible with Android and Apple Car Play.
The there’s the less glamorous but no less important safety rating and warranty to consider. The MG HS has a five-star E-NCAP safety rating with lande departure warnings and curtain airbags.
It also offers a 6 year, 200k km warranty too.
Saeed Marzouqui, Chairman, Organizing Committee MECOTY, said: “Beautifully designed and well made, the MG HS is an eye-catching mid-size SUV, packed with the latest features and cleverly straddling the line between a premium package and competitive pricing. It may surprise some, but it is a truly worthy winner of the 2020 ‘Jury Car Of The Year award’.”